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.
On a daily basis there are approximately 33 flights that operate at Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport.Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Ghazipur through train.Ghazipur Cityis one of the most popular train stations in Ghazipur.On an average about 35 trains pass through Ghazipur on a daily basis.Ballia to Ghazipur, Chapra to Ghazipur, Madhuban Mu. Yusufpur to Ghazipurare some of the most popular routes to Ghazipur with 52, 52, 34 trains weekly respectively.
By road Ghazipur is surrounded by Buxar, Maunath Bhanjan, Mughalsarai which are 25.87 km, 26.16 km, 33.94 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.