Tourism in AmrohaAmroha is one of the four provinces of the Moradabad sub-division in Uttar Pradesh, India. The town is the headquarters of the District Amroha and constitutes among one of the 72 districts of Uttar Pradesh. It was earlier known as Jyotiba Phule Nagar. A Muslim-dominated town, for centuries people of Amroha have been living in peace and prosperity showing respect toward each other's beliefs.
The town of Amroha has a rich and interesting history. The existence of Amroha dates back 2400 years and was ruled by Raja Amrjoda of Bansi dynasty during 479 B.C. Historical manuscripts mentions it to be a Hindu kingdom ruled by Rajput rulers between the period of 676- 1141 AD. Battle of Amroha between the Tughlaqs and Mongols was fought here. It was Mughal territory and was part of the Sambhal Sarkar. It was under the rule of Nawab of Awadh for a while before it went under the British East India Company in 1801. Moradabad district was split on 24th April 1997 and Amroha, Dhanora and Hasanpur tehsils were separated out of it. It is home to a number of edifices built during the reign of Slave Dynasty and Mughal Emperors.
The town is revered for its rich cultural heritage. Some of the important festivals that are celebrated in Amroha include Muharram in which large processions are taken out by Shi’a Muslims of the area. One can find men and children sitting on back of giant camels and horses during the processions. Hazrat Shah Waliyat Sahab’s Urs is another occasion of celebrations in Amroha. The entire locality of Danishmandan appears as special during the annual celebrations with Qwalis being hosted at the Sufi Saint’s shrine in evening.
Major Tourist Attractions in Amroha
The small town of Amroha has many places of tourist interest.
Dargah of Saiyad Mohammad Ashraf Shah Wilayat Danishmand
It is the most popular place of tourist interest in Amroha. Shah Wilayat was a revered Sufi-saint from Iraq and descendant of Imam Ali al-Hadi an-Naqi. He had settled down in Danishmandan, Amroha and his tomb is one of the most important shrines of the town. Visited by people of all religion, the Dargah premises are considered pious even by insects like scorpions. A popular belief here is that the scorpions induce no harm to the visitors within the Dargah premises because of the powers of the saint buried here. Read More
Imambargah also located in Danishmandan was built by Musammat Wazir-un Nisa in the fond memory of her daughter. The monument has an Azakhana in its premises which is the oldest in the area. Imabargah is another popular monument of Amroha and is almost synonym to it. Scores of Muslims assemble in the Mosque attached to it for their Friday prayers and during the holy month of Ramadan. The Imabargah was almost rebuilt in 1946 by Saiyad Mehdi Raza Taqvi. Its administration is now looked after by Syed Hadi Raza Taqvi and oldest Madarsa, Noor-ul Madaris continues to run in its premises.
Vasudev Temple and Tulsi Garden
Vasudev Temple of Amroha is considerate sacred by the local Hindus. The temple was built sometimes around 500 BC and was earlier known as Baba Batukeshwar Dham. An attractive tourist spot, 51 feet Shivalinga was recently built here. If the Hindus of Amroha assemble in the dargahs across the city for prayers, this temple is frequented by Muslim women for worship. A shrine exemplifying secularism, it is also home to a gurudwara and shrine of Mira Baba. Tulsi Park is filled with greenery and is great for reprieve. It is visited by local people for morning and evening walks. It’s calm and quite serene makes it an important tourist spot of the town.
Fort Wall and the Gates
The remains of Fort walls of Amroha are still available and narrate the glorious past of the town. Saiyid Abdul Maajid in 1642 AD built the Moradabadi Darwaza that still remains intact. This along with the Fort was constructed during the rule of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan.
Click Here for Details on Religious Spots in Amroha
Best Time to Visit Amroha
Like most of the Northern Indian, the best time to visit Amroha is between the months of November and March.