Azamgarh is a town in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The district also bears the same name. In ancient times, the district (barring the north-eastern part) formed a part of the Kosala kingdom. Azamgarh was founded in 1665. The soil of the district is said to be very fertile assisting in the growth of crops such as rice, sugarcane, wheat, mustard and others.
Places to Stay
Azamgarh as a town is not really a tourist hotspot. Thus lodging options in the city are pretty limited. However, the neighbouring holy city of Varanasi has plenty of options. Some of the hotels worth a try are Radiant YMCA Tourist Hostel (Tariff – Rs. 744), Hotel Deva Inn (Tariff – Rs. 768), Radha Swami Paying Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 600) and Hotel Sonmony (Tariff – Rs. 540).
The official languages of Azamgarh are Hindi and Urdu. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals celebrated are Diwali, Hanuman Jayanthi, Holi, Dussehra and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Varanasi has an abundance of tourist sites ranging from ghats (river embankments), temples and mosques. Some of the most popular ghats include the Dashashwamedh Ghat and the Manikarnika Ghat; the most visted temples are Kashi Vishwanath and the Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple; mosques include the Gyanvapi, the Alamgiri and the Ganj-e-Shaheedan Masjid.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi at a distance of 100 km.
Azamgarh has one of the most important railway stations in the whole of Uttar Pradesh with direct trains to the state capital Lucknow as well as Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ajmer, Amritsar and Kolkata.
The town has one of the busiest and largest bus depots in the region with services connecting almost all district headquarters as well as the national capital of Delhi to Azamgarh. Mostly state-run UPSRTC buses serve the local populace here. You can now get bus tickets from several bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com.