Gaziyabad is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Tourists with a fancy for Indian history as well as cuisine can try this place. The city is considered to be a part of the National Capital Region or NCR. In fact, for many, Gaziyabad is a suburb of New Delhi (41 km to the west) as the area is booming in the real-estate sector. The city is often referred to as ‘the Gateway of Uttar Pradesh’. The city was founded in 1740 AD by Wazir Ghazi-ud-Deen, who named the city after himself as Ghaziuddinnagar.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are West View (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel Inder (Tariff – Rs. 500), Rahi Tourist Bangalow (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Nataraj (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi. Urdu is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The area in itself may not have anything interesting to offer. However, Delhi as a city will not disappoint you as a tourist. Some of the places which are worth a visit are India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Palika Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Birla Mandir, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at a distance of 48 km.
The Gaziyabad Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 10 km from the city centre.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are active too. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.