Nestled in the populous state of Uttar Pradesh, Aligarh has grown as a prominent educational and commercial centre in Northern India. Known as Kol or Koli in the ancient times, the city is said to have been founded by the Dor Rajputs in 372 AD and has housed the famous Aligarh Muslim University since 1875. Aligarh is also famous for its lock industry.
Aligarh, a city that hasn't received a lot of tourist attention in the past, has but witnessed several important events in history. The region was under a lot of dynasties such as the Lodi Dynasty, the Mughals and the British East India Company.
The Aligarh Fort, built during the time of Ibrahim Lodi, is one of the prime attractions in the city. The Dor Fortress, although in ruins today, throws light on the history and importance of the place. Aligarh has been called the 'Mecca of Education' in India and for all the right reasons - the Aligarh Muslim University established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 1875. Originally called the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, the college came to be known as Aligarh Muslim University only in 1920.
The Maulana Azad Library, one of the largest libraries in India, is also housed in Aligarh. Other notable spots are the Kheereshwar Temple, Teerthdham Mangalaayatan, Sir Syed Academy Museum, Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp, Hakim Karam Hussain Museum, Baba Barchi Bahadur Dargah and the Shekha Lake that one must visit if in Aligarh.
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