Bareilly is founded in the year 1537 by Jagat Singh Katerhriya. Earlier known as Jagatpur, it is said to be the birthplace of Draupadi of Mahabharat. It is important district of Uttar Pradesh and is nestled in Tarai region of Himalayas. There are transcripts from history showcasing Lord Gautam Buddha and Jain Tirthankara Parshvanath visiting this place. The city has been witness to many empires and dynasties viz. Nanda, Maurya, Gupta, Maukharis Empire, Mughals and the British. The city is popularly known as Bans- Bareilly.
Located in the plains of Ganges, the city is known to have moderate climate. Bareilly witnesses three climate changes viz. Summer, starting from March extended till May which are extremely hot and certainly not appropriate time for visiting the city, Monsoon, from June to September which makes the city warm and humid with mild down pours, Winter, from October to February which is pretty long and chilly; also the best time to visit the city.
The city is perfect amalgamation of variety of cultures viz. Brij culture of Mathura, Awadhi culture of Lucknow, Pahaari culture of Uttrakhand and Haryanvi culture of North- West Uttar Pradesh. The city has many arts and cultural organizations. The “Craft Fair” witnesses umpteen numbers of artists showcasing their unique talents. All the festivals like Holi, ID, Diwali, Urs etc is celebrated with great zeal and zest by the local population. The city also organizes various fashion shows to keep it abreast with changing time. Main languages spoken are Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi and Kumaoni.
Bareilly is visitor’s paradise with many impeccable spiritual places to see.
Following are places one should make it a point to visit at least once in life time:
- Jagannath Temple of Lord Shiva
- Fun city
- Trivati Nath Temple
- Alakhnath Temple
- Doopeshwarnath Temple
- Tulsi Math
- Lakshmi Narayan Temple
- Dargah e Ala Hazrat
- Phool Bagh fountain
- Akshar Vihar
- Gandhi garden
- Children’s park etc.
The city has many mouth watering eateries like the famous and authentic Seekh Kabaabs and Minced Meat marinated with spices and aromatic herbs with drive one crazy. Local population in this city are foodies and this place is paradise for all food lovers. All types of cuisines viz. Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Lebanese etc. is available in this city.
The city is known for its bamboo products. You can buy unique varieties of bamboo products at Bareilly. One can fill your shopping bag with decorative and handicraft items. Impeccable Zari – Zardosi handicraft work is also most popular in this spiritual city. The city is largest producer and exporter of camphor in India. Surma (eye liner) is another product that can be in your shopping list.
Stay option is not a problem in this city. One can get accommodations based on your needs and budget. If you want to get luxury service then you can corner five star hotels but of course putting burden on your packet. Budget hotels provide all the basic amenities at very affordable price.