Founded by Azam Khan in 1665, Azamgarh is a historic town where one can still find the founder’s old fort of on the banks of the Tamsa river. The town that lies between two rivers, Ganges and Ghagahara is in Uttar Pradesh. This has resulted in fertile highly cultivatable land that can support wheat, rice, sugarcane as well as fruits like mango and guava.
Places to Stay
Hotel options in nearby Varanasi (1 hour and 20 minutes away from Azamgarh) include Hotel Deva Inn (Tariff – Rs.700) and Hotel Varuna (Tariff – Rs. 1500.)
The traditional language spoken here is Bhojpuri. Other languages are Urdu, Purvi and Hindi.
Krishna Janmashtami, Dussera and Diwali are major festivals celebrated in the months between September and November. Holi (celebrated in March) is also a popular event.
Places of Interest
Azam Khan’s fort, the shrine of Bhiron Baba, Ashram of Durvasa Rishi and the famous Shilblee Urdu Library are some interesting places to visit within the city limits.
How to Get There
Gorakhpur airport is only 27kms away from Azamgarh. Manduri airstrip in Azamgarh town is expected to be operational in the coming years.
The Azamgarh railway station connects the city directly to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai , Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Kolkata as well as state capital Lucknow.
UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) operates daily services out of the Azamgarh Central Bus Station to major cities like the state capital, Lucknow as well as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.