Lying southeast of Delhi , the city
of Aligarh is usually referred to as Koil, or Kol. Aligarh is known for
the its university known as the Aligarh Muslim University. Aligarh is the
name of a nearby fort. The city, an agricultural trade centre, is located
in central Uttar Pradesh.
The Aligarh Fort is three kms north of the town and in its present form, dates back to 1524. Originally, it was under Moghul rule but after the death of Aurangzeb, it was conficated by the Afgans and later on passed on to Jats, Marathas, Rohillas and finally in 1803, it came under the British.
The old fort dates as far back as 1194. During the collapse of the Mughal Empire, the region was faught for by the Afgans, Jats, Marathas and the Rohillas. Renamed Aligarh, meaning 'high fort' in 1776, it fell to the British in 1803 despite French support to its ruler, Scindia.
The ruins of an old fort built in 1524, the site of which is now occupied by an 18th century mosque, is also located here. Buddhist and Hindu temples of great antiquity are also found here.
Aligarh Muslim University :
Aligarh is best known today for its Aligarh Muslim University, where the thoughts of having a separate Islamic nation found ground. Muslim students from all over the Islamic world come here to study.
There is a mound with a stupa, which commemmorates the spot where the Buddha is said to have descended from heavens after preaching his mother.
Kannauj, once a mighty Hindu city under the rule of Harshavardhana, is the place where Sher Shah defeated Humayun.
At Etawah, there is a ruined fort, Jami Masjid and some bathing ghats on the riverbank.
Rampur was formerly the capital city of Rohilla state, Rampur houses the State Library that has an important collection of old manuscripts and is in a fine building in the old fort. There are also some ancient miniature art pieces here. The bazaars around the palace are buzzing with activity.
Rail:The place is well connected by rail.
A network of road transport connects the city to the important places.
Cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis.
Counted as one of the major cities of UP, Aligarh is also well equipped with some good accommodation options, including luxurious and budget hotels.
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