Ghaziabad Sights and Landmarks Guide, India
Ghaziabad, the modern industrial city in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh has made a mark as a popular touristy destination. If Ghaziabad’s closeness to Delhi together with the city’s advanced transportation/telecommunication infrastructure and other tourism facilities have played their respective roles in enhancing Ghaziabad’s importance as a tourism destination, the different Ghaziabad sights and attractions share the credit. Ghaziabad truly is no Delhi, Agra or Jaipur but still there is enough to see within the city and in its surrounding regions to keep one occupied for a short-trip.
Ghaziabad Sights – The Old City
Commence your Ghaziabad tour by first visiting the old city gates and the collapsing walls built by the Mughal Minister, Wazir Ghazuddin to define the city limits. Apart from the four gates – Dasna Gate, Delhi Gate, Bazar Gate (originally known as Shahi Gate) and Sihani Gate – and the dilapidated walls, all that remains of this city is a fourteen feet high massive pillar.
Ghaziabad Sights – Sights by the River Banks
Three perennial rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Hindon – flow through the Ghaziabad district. These rivers and their adjoining areas have long acted as sites of important historical, even pre-historical events. The Hindon River bank, for instance, has been the site of the very first leg of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny and the graves of the British officers and soldiers killed in the confrontation still stand (at the Meerut Road Crossing) witness to that significant uprising, which in recent times has been named India’s ‘First War Of Independence’.
A great religious attraction of historic importance by the Hindon River is the Shri Dudheshwar Nath Mahadev Math Mandir; the 5000-year old temple has the only Self-Effulgent Shivlinga by the Hindon River.
The Kaseri mound on the Hindon River bank is a pre-historic site, where civilization is said to have flourished around 2500 B.C. The Sai Upvan, a sanctuary of peace on the GT Road running close to the Hindon River, is a shrine dedicated to Sai Baba.
The nearby town of Garhmukteshwar (which stands close to the Ganga River) has many attractions. Once famous for its ancient fort (dating back to the days of the Mahabharata and which was even used by the British for administrative purposes) that now lies in ruins, Garhmukteshwar’s chief attraction is the Mukteshwar Mahadev temple complex; at least four temples within this complex are dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Another historic attraction in town is the 13th century mosque built by Giasuddin Balban. Garhmukteshwar is also a holy land of Sikhism and has a shrine dedicated to the Night Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Ghaziabad Sights – Other Historic/Pre-Historic Sights
Ghaziabad city and its surrounding towns have many tourist attractions of cultural, historical and/or religious importance. Some are the Kot village (which has been the site where the mighty Gupta Dynasty ruler performed the famous Aswamedha Yagya), the Loni Fort (which is believed to have been built by Lavanasura of the Ramayana-period and was a favorite haunt of the Mughal rulers) and Rishabanchal Tirth (a shrine dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Bhagwan Rishbhnath). You will come across many more interesting sights if you go around the nearby towns of Dhaulana, Hapur, Modinagar, Muradnagar and the like.
You must visit Ghaziabad, not only for the many Ghaziabad sights but also for its bevy of cultural and religious fairs and festivals held throughout the year. No matter which period of the year you choose to visit Ghaziabad, you will witness a unique fascia, a unique spectacle, a unique color of the city.
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