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Firozabad

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Best Time: October - March Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Agra Airport Check Flights

"City of Glass Bangles"

Firozabad Tourism

Firozabad is a city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, at distance of 40 kilometer from Agra. Firozabad is dotted with specialty shops offering dainty glassware, colourful beads and dazzling bangles, a thriving industry for which the city has received much International acclaim. As a result of the colourful artistic products such as fine jewelry, and high-quality clothing available in the region, it is widely identified as a place for bridal shopping in particular. The growing glass industry has also provided an avenue for the development of chemical, packaging and service industries in the city.

Situated in the northern end of the Deccaan plateau, the Yamuna river covers its southern border. Apart from that, Firozabad has great historical significance, having existed under the rule of several different administrations, including the formidable Mughal Empire. The city features various fascinating attractions to satisfy different interests of visitors including ancient tombs, grand temples, architecturally fascinating mosques and animated open market places among others.

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Places to Visit

1 Marsalganj Jain Temple
Also known as Shri Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra Marsalganj, Marsalganj Jain Temple is a beautifully decorated sacred place of worship for followers of the Jain religion. This temple, established by the revered Baba Rishabhdas, is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabhdeo, a Jain deity.

2. Lord Bahubali Jain Temple
A major Jain temple built by Lt. Seth Chhadamilal at Jain Nagar, centrally located in the city of Firozabad. The temple is well-renowned for its life-like sculpture of Lord Bahubali, which is 45 feet tall and fashioned entirely out of granite.

3. Kalan Mosque
The Kalan Mosque is an Islamic holy place constructed by Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, the prime minister to Firuz Tughlaq within 1368 to1387. The mosque also referred to as Kali Masjid is a historical wonder having served as a haven for devotees during times of attack on the city.

4. Kotla Fort
The Kotla Fort features grand palaces, mosques, enchanting gardens, and madrasas. This fort was constructed to solve water issues in the region, by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq. With its grad Mughal-influenced architecture, the structure declares the significance of the rule of the powerful Tughlaqabad Dynasty.

Shopping in Firozabad

A trip to Firozabad is incomplete without a visit to its popular markets including Shastri Market, Sadar Market and Azad market. These shopping paradises crowded with both locals and tourists offer the expertly crafted glassware, jewellery, and garments, among others. One may come across memoirs of visiting the city, fashionable accessories, or even the perfect gift for friends and relatives at these markets.

Food in Firozabad

Firozabad is known for its distinct Mughlai cuisine. One is advised to explore through the exquisite food in the city, particularly its commonly available, delicious street food such as a savoury called Bedhai, and an exclusive delicacy called petha. Traditional flavour infused dishes include Dum Biryani, Zamin Doz Machli, and different varieties of kebabs.
The following are some of the popular food joints of the city.

1. Shivam Restaurant
A Breakfast Joint
Location: Bye Pass Road, Bye Pass, CB Market, Opposite Gopal Ashram, Firozabad 283203
Timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Highlights: Features typical mouth-watering delicacies that satisfy your cravings for the most important meal of the day.

2. Monarch Restaurant – An eatery offering exquisite traditional Indian and Asian cuisine, especially for individuals following a vegetarian diet. One may access this joint by availing public transport in the form of cab services and rickshaws.
Location: Bypass Road, Opp. Firozabad Club, Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh 283203

3. Red Chillie – A multi-cuisine eatery featuring sumptuous Mughlai cuisine, while catering to other International flavours. Red Chillie is known above all as a representation of the city’s excellent hospitality and service.
Location: Bypass Road Opposite Firozabad Club, Firozabad 283203

Local Culture in Firozabad

Religious Settlements
Firozabad is a melting pot of culture, featuring a diverse population majorly from Hindu, Jain, and Islamic backgrounds.

Art and Culture
The city heavily dependent on its glassware and manufacturing industry is primarily a city of artisans. Due to its past Mughal rule, one may observe Islamic influences in symbols used in mediums of art, music and the widely appreciated Urdu poetry.

Language of the Region
Additionally, one should depend on conversing in Hindi to communicate with locals.

Firozabad Festivities
With a great diversity in the population's religious beliefs, one may encounter celebrations and traditions that are representative of different belief systems in Firozabad. Some of these festivals include Holi, Diwali, Taj Festival, Dussehra, Muharram, Ayudha Puja, Nirjala Ekadashi, Ram Barat, Dadri Mela, Dadjee Ka Huranga in Baldeo, Janmashtami, Kailash Fair, Nandgaon Holi and Maha Shivratri among others.

History

Firozabad was named after Firoz Shah Mansab Dar in 1566, during the reign of Akbar, the third emperor of the Mughal dynasty. The rule of the Jats of Mahawan in 1739 and the Marathas in the 18th century are significant influences in the region. Like the rest of the county, Firozabad too participated in the battle for freedom against British colonizers. The city was finally established as an independent district of the state of Uttar Pradesh in 1989, after previously being considered as an extension of Etawah, Aligarh, Sadabad and Agra, respectively in the past.

Traveller Tips

  • Be wary of common thieves who take advantage of crowded areas, by securing all your belongings.
  • Be sure to carry items such as sunscreen, water bottles and sunglasses for protection against the intense heat of the city.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night in the town for safety purposes.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Firozabad features culturally and historically enriching sites that add value to a visitor's itinerary.

What's Not So Great?

High levels of pollution may be observed in the city.

For Whom?

Firozabad should be visited by historically inclined individuals who wish to explore features of the past that influence modern India, culture enthusiasts, those interested in art, shopping lovers, as well as those who want to visit the famous glassware industry of the city.

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