About EtahLocated within short driving distance of New Delhi, lies the small city of Etah, known to be the headquarters of a district in Uttar Pradesh. History, culture, food and architecture - all make Etah, one of the least developed but interesting tourist destination in Uttar Pradesh. Etah is situated midway on the highway that links Delhi to Kanpur. Population in Etah comprises mostly of the Rajputs and the Yadavs.
Brief History of Etah
As an old story goes, Aintha, the ancient name of Etah, was attributed to it by the ruler of Awagarh. Over the years the name Aintha was gradually changed into Etah. The city, as a major base of the 1857 sepoy mutiny, had stood witness to this glorious uprising in India, which is another very important historical attribute of Etah. The city of Etah was established during the reign of Dil Sukh Rai Bahadur.
Geography of EtahEtah is located at 557 feet i.e. 170 meters above the sea level and latitudinal and longitudinal figures are 27.63 N and 78.67 E respectively. Read More
Etah DistrictEtah district is one of the under-developed parts of Uttar Pradesh, which has not shown much progress like the other 34 remotest districts in Uttar Pradesh in terms of development. Aligarh Division includes Etah under its jurisdiction, other districts adjacent to Etah being Firozabad, Aligarh, Kasganj, Badaun, Mahamaya Nagar and Farrukhabad. Agriculture on the fertile soil of Doab (land amid Yamuna and Ganga) is the basic source of living for the people of Etah. Bajra, jowar, barley, maize, wheat, rice and tobacco are mostly produced here.
Gradually emerging into a proper city, Etah has a wide number of popular tourist attractions and other important local venues and activities, such as the Padav Maidan, which is used for the celebrations of Dussehra and Ram Lila and also as a primary venue for festivals, fairs, competitions and exhibitions. Etah is also home to various religious spots and other famous places of sightseeing.
Major Tourist Attractions in Etah
This historically thriving city is also extensively famous for being home to various local attractions including the Gurukul Vidyalaya. Nearby attractions of Etah also comprise the ancient Awagarh fortification, situated at about 24 kms away from the city of Etah. The Kasganj district, adjoining Etah, is a favorite among the locals for its markets.
The river bank of Ganga in Soron, known widely as Kachhala, also adds to the popularity of Etah. Kachhala attracts people from the neighboring towns of Etah for the celebration of Shooker Mahotsava, a popular local festival of Uttar Pradesh.
Other places to visit in Etah include a bird sanctuary named Patna Pakshi Vihar. It is a haven for some exotic species of birds within 10 km of Etah. Maintenance of this sanctuary falls under the jurisdiction of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Mehta Park is a favorite destination among the local people for its tasty Indian samosas. The Ghanta Ghar is also a frequently visited place in Etah, apart from the popular attractions in Etah like the Hathi Gate and Thandi Sadak.
Religious places to visit in Etah
- Village of Noah Kera known to be the wedding venue of Rukmini and Lord Krishna
- Kailash Mandir, constructed 148 years ago; Dil Sukh Rai Bahadur, the then king established the temple
- Kaali Mandir
- Janta Durga Mandir
- Pathwari Mandir
- Bada Jain Mandir
- Soron – birthplace of Tulsi Das (pious Hindi saint)
- Holi Gate dargah of Hazrat Abdul Gafoor Shah (renowned Sufi saint)
- Patiyali - Birthplace of Amir Khusrow (famous poet)
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Food in Etah
The regional food of Uttar Pradesh are prepared at almost every household in Etah. A wide array of delectable non-vegetarian and vegetarian delights including the Mughlai delicacies, which is a part of the Agra culture, are available in Etah. Scrumptious Kashmiri and spicy Punjabi dishes have resemblance to the food prepared in Etah. Tasty and juicy non-vegetarian kormas, dum biryani and kababs are a favorite of all in Etah. Other popular dishes in Etah include –
- Shahi paneer
- Sultani dal
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How to Reach Etah
It takes about 3 hours to reach New Delhi from Etah on road. NH 91 runs across the city of Etah.
Distances to Etah from the other nearby cities in Uttar Pradesh are –
- 662 km from Ballia
- 608 km from Ghazipur
- 601 km from Sarnath
- 595 km from Varanasi
- 466 km from Allahabad
- 468 km from Basti
- 396 km from Ayodhya
- 333 km from Rae Bareli
- 243 km from Hastinapur
- 207 km from New Delhi
- 192 km from Pilibhit
- 130 km from Govardhan
- 72.6 km from Aligarh
Quick Facts about Etah
The Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme or BRGF supports administration in Etah, being among the under-developed cities of India.
Government in Etah: Government of Uttar Pradesh
Population of Etah as per the 2011 census of India: 131,023
- Male population: 69,446
- Female population: 61,577
Literacy rate: 85.62 % (approximately)
Religions in Etah:
- Hinduism 66%
- Islam 32%
- Jainism 1.4%
- Other faiths 0.6%
- Sikhism 0.2%
- Buddhism <0.2%
Registration of transports: UP 82
Time zone: IST; UTC 5:30
Official website: http://etah.nic.in/
Official language: Hindi
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