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Aligarh Tourism And Travel Guide
20.9° C / 69.5° F
November to March
2 to 3 Days
Indira Gandhi International Airport (148 kms)
Aligarh Junction Railway Station (2.9 kms)
Lying in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is the historic city of Aligarh which is situated very close to the capital Delhi. Aligarh is most famous for the Aligarh Muslim University and the region around is a university town. The city was ruled by the Dor Rajputs at first after which the Mughals conquered the region and made it what it is today. Since Aligarh ha s a lot of students residing in the region as well as a lot of visitors coming in from different cities in India, reaching the city by air, road or rail is fairly easy. Tourism in Aligarh is popular during the winter time, which is the best season to visit the city, but summers are quite brutal. There are end number of places to go to and attractions to visit when you go to Aligarh, as it is a city full of history and will appeal to people who want to know more about Aligarh. Still don’t know how to plan your trip? Have a look at our travel guide to Aligarh to get a better idea.
How to Reach
The main airport that serves the city of Aligarh is Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. This airport is located 148 km from the center of Aligarh city and takes 3.5 hours approximately to reach. All major flight carriers transport passengers from different cities to Aligarh and vice versa. This is the most convenient way to travel.
Aligarh city is well linked by road to other neighbouring cities by means of well maintained highways and expressways. You can choose to drive or even take a bus that is run by UPSRTC, if you are travelling inside the state. If you are coming from a different city, you can always take an overnight luxury bus that will take you comfortably to Aligarh.
The Aligarh Junction is the main railway station in the city of Aligarh with more than 136 trains running and passing through every day. This railway station is distanced at 2.9 km from the center of the city and is one of the best ways to reach Aligarh due to its proximity to the city.
Aligarh has various modes of public transportation that make the lives of students as well as tourists easy. You can move around in the city by taking a cab, an autorickshaw, buses run by Mahanagar Bus service, which is the local government bus service or you can even think of hiring a car and driving it yourself in the city.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summers are the hottest months in Aligarh with temperatures ranging from 42°C in the morning and afternoons to 30°C in the night, making it a little more pleasant than the day time. These are the hottest months in the city and best avoided.
Monsoon (August October):
The weather becomes less brutal in the monsoon season and blesses the people of the city with cold showers. During the monsoon season, temperatures range from 28°C in the daytime to 24°C in the night, making it quite cool because of the winds. This is a great time to visit Aligarh.
The climatic conditions in Aligarh are best from the months of November to March, which is the winter time. Temperatures in this season range from 15°C in the day to 10°C in the night, making it quite chilly. Some winters are brutal and the temperatures may drop down even further. One must carry warm clothing while traveling to Aligarh during this time of the year.
Things to Do
See the historic Aligarh Muslim University:
The city of Aligarh is most famous for the Aligarh Muslim University situated within the city itself. This is one of the most famous educational centers in the city as well as the country and many students every year flock to Aligarh to study in this university.
Adore the Architecture of Aligarh Fort:
One of the top attractions of the city, the Aligarh Fort is something you must visit. This is an ancient fort which was constructed in the 14th century and is taken care of by the Aligarh Muslim University. The fort’s architecture is noteworthy and is adored by everyone who visits.
Attain Blessings at Khereshwar Temple:
Aligarh is famous for quite a lot of religious places; one of them being the Khereshwar Temple in the city that holds immense significance for devotees coming from different cities. The temple is ancient and is famous for the existence of a Shiva Linga in the temple that is very tiny and is said to be self emerged.
Go Bird watching at the Shekha Bird Sanctuary:
If you are an avid lover of birds and different species of birds, then you must visit the Shekha Bird Sanctuary in Aligarh, located at a distance of 17 km from the center of the city. At this sanctuary, you are able to view more than 200 different kinds of migratory as well as native birds.
Enjoy Sky Diving at Sky High:
If you are done sightseeing and doing all the touristy things in the city, you can head over to sky high where you can have a beautiful experience of sky diving. Get an adrenaline rush by jumping off the plane and seeing the city of Aligarh from the very top; you can even tape the experience and keep it as your memory.
Food is an important factor wherever you go; that being said, eateries in Aligarh have a lot to offer to its people in the region and to tourists coming from different cities. If you are looking for a fine dine restaurant, head over to Mezbaan Restaurant in Pawan Palace Center point to enjoy some authentic food from the north. You can try out Kwality’s Snack Shoppe at Center Point in Aligarh to taste some of the best north Indian thalis; the rabdi there is also pretty famous. Looking for something more upscale? Go to Gayatri Palace Restaurant on Gular Road to enjoy some multi-cuisine; everything from Indian food to Chinese, Italian and much more. Other great places to eat at include Sagar Ratna, The Mughlai Café and Dhaba Kitchen.
When you are out on a trip, you are bound to go shop from the local streets or malls, just so that you have something from that place. Besides, you can get some souvenirs for your friends and family on your way back home. Aligarh also has quite a few places to do that. The city is famous for the manufacturing of Locks, right from the time of the Mughal rule in the region; hence you will find a lot of places in the city selling various kinds and size of locks that can be bought. If you are looking to go street shopping, head over to Railway Road Market or even the Center Point Market to buy other things like handicrafts and sculptures made from the finest quality of brass. If you are looking for other options, you can always head over to the Great Mall of Aligarh or the Landmark Shopping Mall to shop some of the biggest brands.