A city with a rich historical heritage, at a strategic geographical location, and strong industries, Saharanpur is an important and interesting city on the map of India. Ancient monuments dot the city even as progress makes headway
Wood-carved statues and objects can be seen at every turn thanks to the flourishing wood-carving cottage industry. Rituals and lifestyles in Saharanpur are typically North-Indian, typically Muslim, owing to the vibrant past the city has seen.Though in Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur lies on the border of Haryana and Uttarakhand. The city is believed to have been founded by Sufi saint, Shah Haron, after whom it was named. Archaeological finds have suggested that Saharanpur existed back in 2000 BC. Later on, a number of Mughal emperors went through the region, including the Guptas, the Vardhanas and the Palas, among many others, each leaving their traces and influences behind.With a mix of culture, history and heritage, Saharanpur is worth a stopover before you head up to the hills of Uttarakhand or the more commercial cities in Uttar Pradesh like Lucknow and Kanpur.Saharanpur is perhaps best known for the Dar-Ul-Uloom University, which has produced many famous Muslim theologists and maulanas, who were and are working towards increasing social and religious awareness via peaceful means. A visit to this university when you’re in Saharanpur should definitely be on the itinerary.Another spot popular with locals and tourists alike is the Saharanpur Botanical Gardens, also known as the Company Gardens, which was built and preserved by the British during their rule. In the late 18th century, this garden became the centre for botanical studies in the north of India. Perfect for a stroll, a picnic or just to get away from the maddening crowds, a visit to these gardens is a must.Of course, Saharanpur is dotted with mosques and temples, which stand as a testament of the rich cultural and religious history of the city. Nau Gaza Peer mosque and Shri Baba Lal Das temple are two of the popular ones. Spend a day roaming around the city, exploring the various religious spots.Cycle-rickshaws are the most common and convenient mode of transport in Saharanpur, as they are available everywhere. Auto-rickshaws are also available at certain places in the city and are good for slightly longer distances. Buses ply throughout the city as well. Familiarize yourself with the bus routes and ask the locals for which bus to opt for before hopping on. You can hire private taxis and cars if you’d rather roam around and explore the city at your own leisure and pace.Women should avoid going out alone in the city, especially after dark.Fix the fare with the driver before you sit in a cycle-rickshaw and auto-rickshaw to avoid getting fleeced.Saharanpur summers can be harsh and dry. Pack appropriately and if possible, avoid visiting during this season
Saharanpur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Dehradun at a distance of 64kms.
Airports: Dehradun Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Saharanpur from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Saharanpur