Monday, February 4, 2008

Sweets n Namkeens of aligarh

The another famous thing after the locks of aligarh is sweets and namkeens, there are several & delightful sweets as well as namkeens offers in wide categories from tasteful snacks and hot dishes such as ladoo, rasgulla, rasmalai, kesar barfi, son papdi, badam halwa, fruit cream, milk cake and kaju katli to moong ki dal, mathri gol and kaju masala, samosa etc. I think if you on trip of aligarh and dont taste the sweets as well as namkeens, the trip is not completed. Anyone who visits aligarh buys & taste thier untamed sweets n namkeens, At there you can find lots of shops of sweets and namkeens but who are specialize in it are Vikas Sweets at centre point market they offers a delightful array of tasteful snacks and hot dishes such as ladoo, rasgulla, rasmalai, kesar barfi, son papdi, badam halwa, fruit cream, milk cake and kaju katli. All the products are prepared by expert chefs in most hygienic conditions., The other one is Kunjilalal at centre point market where you can find stocks a large variety of crispy, tasty and tempting namkeens, sweets and other eatables. All the sweets are prepared using the traditional method with 100% pure desi ghee which gives the very best and exotic Indian taste. Some of the hot favorites offered are kaju, badam, dry fruits, samosa, moong ki dal, mathri gol and kaju masala, The other sweets amd namkeens shops are Taj Sweets at dodhpur, bobby shop at Amir nisha, Avon Namkeens at Railway Roads. You can find these shop very easily because they are very pouplar among the local peoples.

About : Our Lady of Fatima School

It is a Catholic school affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education board. It is located at Ramghat road, Aligarh, India.

It was established in 1968 and was the only English medium school during that time in Aligarh. It is managed by Catholic missionary nuns, who are known for their simple life and selfless service to humanity. It has maintained a high standard in teaching and learning disciplines all these years.
It has produced many outstanding students who later received higher qualifications and excelled in their respective fields.


The academic curriculum includes Mathematics, English Language, History and Civics, Geography, Economics, Science, Art, Craft, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit (up to Class VIII), Health education, Computer Studies, Moral Science and Physical Health Education.

Class 10 students are prepared for the Central Board of Secondary Education. They sit for Pre-board examination before the CBSE conducted examinations. The books are published by National Council of Educational Research and Training.

Aligarh fort

The Aligarh Fort, one of the strongest forts in India, is located in the city of Aligarh (The city was earlier named as Kol or Koil). It is also called "Aligarh qila". It is situated on the Grand Trunk road and consists of a regular polygon, surrounded by a very broad and deep ditch .

It was built during the time of Ibrahim Lodhi by Muhammad, son of Umar the governor of Kol, in 1524-25. Sabit khan who was the governor of this region during the time of Farrukh Siyar and Muhammad Shah, further rebuilt the fort.. It became a fortress of great importance under Madhavrao I Scindia in 1759, and was the depot where he drilled and organized his battalions in the European fashion with the aid of French soldier Benoît de Boigne. During the Battle of Ally Ghur, it was captured from the Marathas under the leadership of a French officer Perron by Lord Gerard Lake's British army, in September 1803, since which time it has been much strengthened and improved. In the rebellion of 1857 the troops stationed at Aligarh mutinied, but abstained from murdering their officers, who, with the other residents and ladies and children, succeeded in reaching Hathras .

Now aligarh fort is in the control of Aligarh Muslim University (amu) under the department of botany. Botany deptt uses the fort internal area for maintaining the botany gardens and other plantations. No one can enter in the fort without the permission of the administration of botany of deptt. If anyone want to take closer look of Aligarh fort taker prior permission with the botany deptt which is easily granted.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan - A Legendry Personality

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan Bahadur,(also Sayyid Ahmad Khan)(Urdu: سید احمد خان بہا در; October 17, 1817 – March 27, 1898), commonly known as Sir Syed, was an Indian educator and politician, and an Islamic reformer and modernist[1][2]. Sir Syed pioneered modern education for the Muslim community in India by founding the Muhammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which later developed into the Aligarh Muslim University. His work gave rise to a new generation of Muslim intellectuals and politicians who composed the Aligarh movement to secure the political future of Muslims in India.

Born into Mughal nobility, Sir Syed earned a reputation as a distinguished scholar while working as a jurist for the British East India Company. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857 he remained loyal to the British and was noted for his actions in saving European lives.[3] After the rebellion he penned the booklet Asbab-e-Bhaghawath-e-Hind (The Causes of the Indian Mutiny) — a daring critique, at the time, of British policies that he blamed for causing the revolt. Believing that the future of Muslims was threatened by the rigidity of their orthodox outlook, Sir Syed began promoting Western-style scientific education by founding modern schools and journals and organising Muslim intellectuals. Towards this goal, Sir Syed founded the Muhammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875 with the aim of promoting social and economic development of Indian Muslims.

One of the most influential Muslim politicians of his time, Sir Syed was suspicious of the Indian independence movement and called upon Muslims to loyally serve the British Raj. He denounced nationalist organisations such as the Indian National Congress, instead forming organisations to promote Muslim unity and pro-British attitudes and activities. Sir Syed promoted the adoption of Urdu as the lingua franca of all Indian Muslims, and mentored a rising generation of Muslim politicians and intellectuals. Although hailed as a great Muslim leader and social reformer, Sir Syed remains the subject of controversy for his views on Hindu-Muslim issues.

About: Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh Muslim University
leaders, and was established by the Indian Muslims and the Act of Indian Parliament made it University. It is located in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. Modelled on the University of Cambridge, it was among the first institutions of higher learning set up during British Occupation. Originally it was Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which was founded by a great Muslim social reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Many prominent MuslimUrdu writers and scholars of the subcontinent have graduated from the University. Aligarh Muslim University is a residential academic institution of International repute offering more than 250 Courses in traditional and modern branch of Education. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a great social reformer of his age felt the need for modern education and started a school in 1875 which later became the Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College and finally Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. This is a premier Central University with several faculties and maintained institutions and draws students from all corners of the world, specially Africa, West Asia and South East Asia. In some courses, seats are reserved for students from SAARC and Commonwealth countries. The University is open to all irrespective of caste, creed, religion or sex. Aligarh is situated at a distance of 130 km, South-East of Delhi on Delhi-Calcutta Railway and Grand Trunk route


The University grew out of the work of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 felt that it was important for Muslims to gain modern education and become involved in the public life and Government Services in India at that time. Raja Jai Kishan helped Sir Syed a lot in establishing this university. The British decision to replace the use of the knowledge of Persian in the 1830s for Government employment and as the language of Courts of Law caused deep anxiety among Muslims of the sub-continent. Sir Syed then clearly foresaw the imperative need for the Muslims to acquire proficiency in the English language and "Western Sciences" if the community were to maintain its social and political clout, particularly in Northern India. He began to prepare the road map for the formation of a Muslim University by starting various schools. In 1864, the Scientific Society of Aligarh was set up to disseminate Western works into native languages as a prelude to prepare the community to accept "Western Education". Sir Sultan Mahommed Shah, The Aga Khan III has contributed greatly to Aligarh Muslim University in terms collecting funds and providing financial support.

In 1875, Sir Syed founded the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh and patterned the college after Oxford and Cambridge universities that he had visited on a trip to England. His objective was to build a college in tune with the British education system but without compromising its Islamic values.

It was one of the first purely residential educational institution set up either by the Government or the public in India. Over the years it gave rise to a new educated class of Muslims who were active in the political system of the British Raj, and who would serve as a catalyst for change among not only the Muslim population of India, but of the entire subcontinent. When Viceroy to India, Lord Curzon visited the College in 1901, he praised the work which was carried on by the College and called it of "sovereign importance" [1].

The college was originally affiliated with the University of Calcutta, and was transferred to the Allahabad University in 1885. Near the turn of the century it began publishing its own magazine, and established a law school. It was also around this time that a movement began to have it develop into a university to stand on its own. To achieve this goal, many expansions were made with more and more programs added to the curriculum. A school for girls was established in 1907. By 1921(exact year 1920), the College was transformed into a university, and it was named Muslim University. Its growth continued. The first chancellor of the university was a female, Sultan Shah Jahan Begum. In 1927, a school for the blind was established, and the following year, a Medical School was attached to the university. By the end of the 1930s, the University had also developed its Engineering faculty.

Important places of Aligarh

There are 2 popular landmarks in Aligarh. One is Aligarh fort and another is Sir Syed Masjid in Aligarh Muslim University's campus. Another old fort, the Dor fortress (1524), now in ruins, lies at the city's centre; its site located in the area now called Upper Kot, is occupied by an 18th-century mosque. The city also contains tombs of Muslim saints.

The city also has a few known markets - Railway Road market, Centre Point Market, Amir Nisha, Tasveer Mahal and Shamshad market. Amir Nisha market is a major shopping hub, a favorite for women as it has a variety of clothes, jewelery and cosmetics. Another popular market for students is Shamshad market and with many educational book shops.Tasveer Mahal is famous for Sherwani's shop. Center point market is known for its popular eating joints like Kwality, Mezbaan, Baskin Robbins and Wheelers and an ancient Lord Hanumaan temple named Tikaram Mandir. A huge rush can be seen in the temple on Tuesday and Saturday. And a Sai BaBa's Karuna Dham on Grand Trunk Road Sai Bhakts can be seen here throughout the week but specially on Thursday.

Aligarh has many movie theatres such as Grand Surjit,Vadra,Nandan,Lakshmi,Nishat and Tasveer Mahal. Grand Surjit is the latest Cineplex among them with the best facilities to offer.

Aligarh is also famous for its sweets and namkeens. Kunjilal, Khyaliram and Vikas [sweets are among the well known sweets shops, while Babboo and Dabboo lead the namkeen segment. The Annual Cultural Exhibition, popularly known as numaish, held at Exhibition ground is a very famous event and a huge affair in the month of January and February. The Aligarh is also famous for Sherwani's. The huge sherwani shop of M.Hasan Tailor.

Aligarh: A True Place

(Hindi: अलीगढ़, Urdu: علی گڑھ) is a city in Aligarh District in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is located about 90 miles south-east of New Delhi. It is the administrative headquarters of Aligarh District, and has a population of half a million. It is mostly known as a university town where the famous Aligarh Muslim University is located.


It is known till the 18th century by the earlier name of Kol. After the British occupation of Aligarh in September 1803, the present Aligarh district was formed in 1804 .

Both Akbar and Jahangir visited Kol on hunting expeditions. Jahangir clearly mentions the forest of Kol, where he killed wolves. From the study of the place-names of the district, it appears that the district was once fairly well covered by forest, thickets and grooves. The early history of the district, indeed down the 12th century AD is obscure.

Kol or Koil, was the earliest name of the city and Aligarh was the name of the fort nearby officers . Kol covered not only the city but the entire district, though its geographical limits kept changing from time to time. The origin of the name of Kol is obscure. In some ancient texts, Kol has been referred to in the sense of a tribe or Caste, name of a place or mountain and name of a sage or demon. During the time of Ibrahim Lodhi, when Muhammad, son of Umar was the governor of Kol, he built a fort at Kol and named the city after his own name as Muhammadgarh in 1524-25; and Sabit khan who was the governor of this region during the time of Farrukh Siyar and Muhammad Shah, rebuilt the fort and named the town after his own name Sabitgarh. After the occupation of Kol by the Jats in 1775, it was re-named Ramgarh and finally, when a Shia commander, Najaf khan, captures Kol, he gave it its present name of Aligarh. Aligarh Fort (also called Aligarh Qila), as it stands today, was built by French engineers under the control of FrenchBenoît de Boigne and Perron.

Establishment of Aligarh Muslim University (1875)

In 1875, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founded the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh and patterned the college after Oxford and Cambridge universities that he had visited on a trip to England. This later became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.