Part of the NCR region of India, Hapur has long been known as one of the important religious centers of the north. Founded in about the 10th century, the historical city of Hapur used to be known as Haripur
There are some debates about how the city was named—some people believe that it was named after its founder Hardatta, who was the chieftain of Bulandshahr and Meerut, while others claim that the name comes from the word ‘hapar’, which means garden.Like many other historical cities scattered across India, Hapur was also accessed via five gates in its heyday. The Delhi Gate and the Meerut Gate are among others which lie in ruins today but are mute testimony to the history enveloping this city. Hapur’s close proximity to other major and more popular tourist destinations also makes it a common stopover for many tourists. In and around the city itself, there are a number of ancient temples, mosques and monuments harking back centuries. A trip to Hapur on the way to Delhi or Chandigarh could be well worth your while.The city of Tumrail in Hapur district has a number of old temples that are visited by many across the country. These include the Shiv mandir, the Shani mandir, the Sai mandir and many more. Other places of religious worship and pilgrimage destinations include the Sabli Shiv Mandir, Garhmukteshwar and Chandi Mandir. Each of these temples is over 500 years old and devotees believe the resident deities to be extremely powerful.There a few Buddhist and Jain temples around the area, as well as dargahs and churches.Among the ancient monuments in Hapur, the most famous one is the Kuchesar Mud Fort. Built by the Jat rulers in the 18th century, the mud fort is surrounded by lush greenery and blooming flowers. The fine architecture of the fort combined with the scenic environs is what attracts people to it.Though a little further away, the grand Neemrana Fort is also worth checking out if you’re visiting or passing through Hapur.Local buses are available all over the Hapur region. However, the best way to get around and visit all the tourist spots is to hire a private taxi or car from a local rental.Hapur is a small town and the roads get isolated after dark. It is best to avoid stepping out after sunset.Dress and behave appropriately while visiting the places of worship.
Hapur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in New Delhi at a distance of 68kms.
Airports: Indira Gandhi International Airport
There is no regular trains to Hapur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Meerut which is located at a distance of 29kms.