Sir Syed Hall Compound:
This compound is home to several Historical monuments i.e. Victoria Gate, Strachey Hall, Jama Masjid, Nizam Museum & Lytton Library. For history geeks, this place’s a must as this is the place where one can get to know the history of the great Aligarh Movement. It’s the place from where the MAO College started in 1875 and later became the AMU in 1920. These buildings are built in British India and are of Semi Mughal Architecture. Now, this compound is a full-fledged Residential Hall known as the Sir Syed Hall, where students of AMU reside.
Kennedy Auditorium :
The main Auditorium of AMU, perhaps calls it an architectural masterpiece. With a capacity of 2000 people, this Auditorium is home to various Cultural & Musical evenings organized by Cultural clubs. You would be lucky if you get to witness any Play or Musical Evening here during your stay in Aligarh.
Musa Dakri Museum:
Outside AMU Campus
Aligarh Numaish/Mahotsav :
The Annual Cultural Exhibition, popularly known as Numaish, is held at the Exhibition Ground in January and February every year. The cultural shows take place at 3 grand stages (Kohinoor, Krishnanjali, Muktakash). In all more than 150 stage events featuring artist from across India takes place during a period of 28 days. From traditional food and textile stalls to Celebrity performances, it has a lot to be experienced. This Numaish is not just merely an event, this is a culture which runs through the bloodstream of every Aligarh resident. The festive environment of that 1 month just can’t be explained! A visit to this exhibition is a must if you’re in Aligarh in Jan/Feb to get the real feel of this event.
Aligarh Fort/Qila :
Again a place for history lovers, the Aligarh Fort has a lot to be discovered. This Fort is now in ruins and stands on a hill. It is the work of the French engineers under the control of de Boigne and Perron. The fort was built by Muhammad, the son of Umar who was then the Governor of Koil (Aligarh) during the reign of Ibrahim Lodi. Also, the Battle of Aligarh between the French and the British was fought here in 1803. This would be a great place for someone who wants to relive History, so if you’re in Aligarh, try to at least get a stroll through it!
Centre Point :
As its name tells, the City Centre of Aligarh, this can be called as the “Times Square” of Aligarh. From multi-cuisine Restaurants and Food chains to branded multinational Clothing stores, the relishing aurora gleams from every corner of this heart of the City. If you’re looking to spend a glamorous evening, this is the place you’re looking for!
Old City/Upper Fort :
Aligarh is known for its Non-Veg Mughlai foods. Being in the Nawabi state of Uttar Pradesh, You can find some really good Non-Veg dishes out here at a very reasonable price. The Major Restaurants are in Centre Point location which is considered as the posh market of Aligarh. Moti Mahal, Fazle Kareem, etc. But if you want to Explore the local taste, Go for various roadside Dhabas such as near Tasveer Mahal and Purani Chungi area. And you can food almost round the clock in Rasal Ganj area of Aligarh.
“har shaam hai shaam-e-Misr yahaaN, har shab hai shab-e-Sheeraz yahaaN,hai saare jahaaN kaa soz yahaaN aur saare jahaaN kaa saaz yahaaN”So, if you want to Explore, something different, something elegant, a place full of Heartiness,
Article submitted by Husain Gibran Gulrez