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Things To Do In Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad, a fully industrial and urbanized city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is an absolute interesting place to visit. Ghaziabad’s unique culture and history that characterized the city is the reason why many visit the place. Over time, the city has shown a lot of development and has become one of the most industrialized cities in Uttar Pradesh. There are several exciting things to do in Ghaziabad that will keep you entertained throughout your trip. From being able to witness some life size sculptures of famous people at the sculpture park, visiting nearby places like Masuri to going bowling at E-O-D and enjoying nature walks in the several beautiful parks in the city, Ghaziabad has loads of things to do for people of all ages, let’s have a look at some of them.
Indulge in Photography
If you are interested in photography, Ghaziabad will let you indulge in your favourite hobby without you worrying about things like location, permissions, transport and food. The city gives you the perfect opportunity to snap images of diverse fauna and flora. Go to Wildnest Travel & Photography to have the best experience in terms of them taking you to some of the best spots in Ghaziabad to shoot a variety of wildlife. They will arrange to take you to different forests, with transportation and food; they also arrange for a flamingo watch where you can get some great shots of this majestic pink bird.
Visit the Sculpture Park
Located in the Sanjay Nagar area of Ghaziabad, the Sculpture Park is a unique park that is maintained by Ghaziabad Development Authority. This is one of the biggest parks in the vicinity and it spreads over 6 acres of land. It is situated amidst a residential area, and the residents are more than glad to have this beautiful park in front of their house. The park has a front entrance and a back entrance and has a boundary surrounding the area. Inside the park you will find sculptures of great freedom fighters and people who are significant to the region; you will also find big rocks that have designs carved on them, which is one of the main attractions in the park apart from the sculptures. The best time to visit is in the morning when you can find some peace and quiet and just enjoy nature.
Go to a Gaming Parlor
Bored of the usual sightseeing? Go play some arcade games at E-O-D in Indirapuram and enjoy a fun filled day with your family. This is a great place to go to if you are travelling with children. There are various gaming activities that you can enjoy at E-O-D; you can go to the bowling alley that has eight full length lanes where you can try out your bowling skills. Other than this, there are a number of indoor and outdoor games that you can enjoy; you can play a game of badminton or choose to sharpen your skills in chess. The gaming parlor also has a dining place where you can stop by after a long tiring day to grab some food.
Enjoy a Painting Exhibition
If you are the kind to appreciate art and paintings, the Reddot Art Gallery is a must visit. The gallery is located in Indirapuram and is a place where true art and artists come together. The gallery is filled with paintings and art pieces made by several talented artists from the region. Most of the paintings are a manifestation of the life and lifestyle of the people who live in Ghaziabad and the surrounding area. Other than painting, you will also come across various artifacts from previous eras, handicrafts made by the locals, ceramics, pottery and sculpture artwork that are all made by local talent. If you adore these kinds of things, you will enjoy going to the Reddot Art Gallery.
Dwell into the History of the City
The city of Ghaziabad is very close to Delhi and both these places have a lot of history. The city has several historic monuments and places to visit, where you can learn a lot about India’s struggle for freedom. Located at a distance of 18 km from the center point of Ghaziabad city is a small town called Loni that has a lot of historical significance. It is believed that a demon named Lavanasur was killed at this site by one of Lord Ram’s brother; it is also believed that a fort was built by King Lonnkaran in this region, but was later destroyed by his successor. There are also a number of old temples that were built in the earlier eras that have a lot of mythological as well as historical importance.
Masuri is a small village located in Rajapur Block of Ghaziabad District and is 15 km away from the center of the city. Although Masuri is the second most populated village in Ghaziabad, the place is absolutely quaint and great for a getaway, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are quite a few hotels and lodges in Masuri that gives its visitors a great experience of the place. Even if you don’t want to stay the night, you can always go to Masuri for a day trip and enjoy a nice picnic on an open field or garden. The natural beauty of the village is breathtaking, which in turn makes the place so serene and absolutely ideal for visiting, especially in the winter months.
Pass through the Jawahar Gate
It is said that the Mughal Emperor, Ghazi-ud-din was the one who named the city of Ghaziabad and also ruled over this area. During his rule, four gates were constructed in order to mark the boundary of Ghaziabad; Dasna Gate, Sihani Gate, Delhi Gate and the Shahi Gate. Gradually as time passed, the Shahi Gate came to be known as Bazar Gate and eventually was named Jawahar Gate, while the first three gates remain intact along with their respective names. This is one of the main gateways into the city and hence an important one. There is a market right in front of the gate where people sell vegetables and fruits and is known as the Ghanta Ghar Market. If you are in Ghaziabad, you must go through the Jawahar Gate to get the feel of the city.
Go on a Pious Journey
Situated a few kilometers away from the center of the city is the Ajrara Village which has a beautiful temple called Thakurdwara Temple. This village is located on the left hand side of River Kali which is considered to be holy and Thakurdwara Temple is situated on the banks of this very river. The temple was built a long time ago by the Hindu King, Ajaipal and was the seat of monarchy before Muslims rulers set foot in the area. If you are looking to go on a religious journey in Ghaziabad, this is one of the temples that are worth visiting. The sereneness of the area the temple is built in is mesmerizing and that is the reason thousands flock to this temple every year, it is also very popular amongst the locals of the village.
Enjoy a Walk in Nature
Even though Ghaziabad is a fully industrialized city, it has certain spots that are more close to nature than the others. Yes! You can get a full feel of the city and go for nature walks in some of the most beautiful gardens and parks in the city. Located in the Indirapuram area is the Swarna Jayanti Park, one of the biggest parks in the city; it lies right in the middle of the city, giving the residents as well as tourists a space to breathe fresh air and be one with nature. Other parks include Dr. Ram Mohan Lohiya Park, which is also very close to Indirapuram as well; the park provides various hiking and bicycling facilities and you can see a variety of trees and flowers all around the park. The city forest is also a great park to go to if you are looking to have a calm day with a lot of relaxation.
Visit the Pacific Mall
Looking for a one stop shop? Visit the Pacific Mall in Anand Vihar Shahibabad Industrial area in Ghaziabad. This mall has everything; from big brands of apparel, footwear, eyewear, makeup to great food, a multiplex and even a hotel that you can stay in. If you are looking to stop by to grab something quick to eat or replace a torn show, the Pacific Mall is the place you would want to go to as there are quite a lot of options to choose from.