Domes supported by pillars along the River Ganges are a common sight in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. With a long, rich history of rule by Muslim dynasties, Ghazipur is home to a number of stunning, royal structures, many of which lie in ruins and yet attract tourists from all over the country
While some Hindus believe the name Ghazipur comes from Raja Gaadhi, father of the great saint Vishwamitra Maharishi who hailed from here, others claim that the name was given by the city’s founder, Sayyid Masud. Interestingly, what Ghazipur is known for the world over, is for being home to the largest legal opium producing factory in the world. The city also manufactures perfumes and attars, along with unique handloom products that appeal to Indian and foreign visitors alike. A number of monuments built across the reign of various Muslim rulers dot the city, creating its unique, historical and battered landscape. The beautiful ghats that lead to the holy River Ganges only add to the charm, lighting up beautifully in the evenings. Ghazipur is also known for its contribution to Hindi literature, much like many other towns in Uttar Pradesh. A city where different religions and cultures come together, Ghazipur is must visit for history as well as culture buffs. Visit the many monuments reminiscent of the eras long gone. The Mughal-built Chihal Satun, though in ruins, has its gateway, garden, tank and tomb preserved within its walls. There is also an ancient mud hut that overlooks the river that should be seen—though its history is sketchy, it is a fascinating site.The opium factory, of course, shouldn’t be missed. The vast structure of the manufacturing plant is spectacular too. Take a tour of the various ghats lining the river through the city and partake in the cultural and religious rituals that take place on a daily basis. Walk about, witness the historical monuments, smell the perfume made here and discover the city for yourself.Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are the most common modes of transport in this northern city. Buses are also available widely but not necessarily advisable. The best way to find your way around the city and go sightseeing would be to hire a private car or taxi from a registered dealer.Avoid moving about the city alone, especially after dark. Women should ideally always be in groups or accompanied by men for safety reasons.Be careful of your belongings in crowded tourist spots and markets
Ghazipur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Varanasi at a distance of 71kms.
Airports: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
There is no regular trains to Ghazipur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Mughalsarai which is located at a distance of 54kms.
Railway Station(s): Mughal Sarai Jn