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The great city of Uttar Pradesh Rampur

Introduction

Rampur was a part of the delhi region and dived in two Badaun, Sambhal, Budaun which was historically pronounced Badayu (formerly Vodamayuta) is a city and a seat of Budaun district, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located near the Ganges river in the center of Western Uttar Pradesh.

Budaun was the capital of Delhi Sultanate for four years from 1210 CE to 1214 CE during Sultan Iltutmish rule.

About Rampur

Nawab Sayyid Faizullah Ali Khan (c. 1730 – 17 July 1794) was the first Nawab of Rampur. The princely state of Rampur was set up in the year 1774, after the First Rohilla War, by the dismemberment of the Rohilla Kingdom of Rohilkhand.

Portrait of Nawab Syed Faizullah Khan

It bordered the Maratha Empire to the south, making it a strategic point. Under tutelage of the East India Company, Faizullah Khan ruled peacefully for 20 years.

Rampur Cuisine

Rampuri cuisine, a part of the Mughal cuisine tradition, developed by the chefs of the Nawabs, is also known for its distinct flavors and dishes with recipes passed on from the royal kitchen, like Rampuri fish, Chicken Changezi, Pasanda haleem, Rampuri Korma, Rampuri mutton kebabs, doodhiya biryani, Dogoshta biryani and adrak ka halwa, Sohan halwa.

Music Of Rampur

The Rampur Sahaswan Gharana of Hindustani classical music also has its origins in court musicians. Ustad Mehboob Khan was a khayal singer and Veena player of the Rampur court; his son Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan (1849–1919), who trained and lived in the city, founded the gharana.

Rampuri Chaku

The royal bladesmiths of local Nawabs of Rampur started making knives after the popularization of firearms after the 18th century. The Rampuri (रामपूरी चाकू) is an Indian gravity knife of formidable reputation having a single-edged blade roughly 9 to 12 inches (23 to 30 cm) long.

Rampuri-Chaku

The Rampuri knife is still in use today as a criminal weapon, by the local Indian Mafia. However, in the mid-1990s, the Government of Uttar Pradesh banned making such knives longer than 4.5 inches (11 cm) in blade length, which led to the drop in popularity of the knife, which even made its way to crime thrillers of Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s.

Festival In Rampur

Among the most important festivals are Diwali, Holi and Vijayadashami, Mahashivaratri, Ram Navmi, Basant Panchami, Sri Krishna Janamastmi, and Raksha Bandhan, which are also observed by Jains and Sikhs. Eid ul Milad, Eid ul-Fitr, Bakr-Id, Muharram are Muslim religious festivals. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated by Jains, Buddha Jayanti by Buddhists, Guru Nanak Jayanti by Sikhs, and Good Friday, Christmas by the Christians.

Rampuri Grey Hound

Rampur Greyhound

The Rampur Greyhound is a short-haired, powerfully built sighthound that resembles the Sloughi in appearance, Rampur Greyhound
was also used to hunt lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers. Mh Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur bred these dogs by combining Tazi and English Greyhound bloodlines.

Tourist Attraction

Raza Library in Rampur

Rampur’s Raza Library

The Rampur Raza Library (Rāmpur Razā Kitāb Khāna) located in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India is a repository of Indo-Islamic cultural heritage and a treasure-house of knowledge established

Jama Masjid Rampur

Jama masjid in Rampur UP

The Jama Masjid is one of the finest pieces of architecture to be found in Rampur. It resembles the JAMA Masjid in Delhi to some extent and has a beautiful interior. It was built by Nawab Faizullah Khan. It has a unique mughal touch to it. There are several entry-exit gates to the masjid. It has three big domes and four tall minarets with gold pinnacles boasting of royal touch. It has a main lofty entrance gate that has an inbuilt clock tower occupied by a big clock that was imported from Britain.

Rampur Railway Station

Before Rampur independence, the Nawabs had a different status in Rampur. They used to have their own railway station, where two bogies would stand ready all the time. Whenever the Nawab family had to go to Delhi, Lucknow, etc., they would reach the Nawab railway station. From there, their bogies were added to the train.

Nawab Station

The Nawab station has become a ruin due to a property dispute and the bogies have gone to war. The Nawabs ruled from 1774 to 1949 in Rampur. Raza Ali Khan was the last Nawab of Rampur.The Nawabi phase may have ended but the historic buildings built during that period are still standing tall. One such building is near the railway station.

It is known as Nawab Station.

Souvenirs in Rampur

Rampur has a rich art and tradition of handicrafts, jewelry, Chaaku knifes, applique works, Zardozi and Zari works, and musical instruments with the marks of the city’s signature. The Chaaku market located in the heart of the city is undoubtedly famous for knives.

Major cities near Rampur, India

  • 24 km to Moradabad, India.
  • 63 km to Bareilly, India.
  • 122 km to Hapur, India.
  • 131 km to Meerut, India.
  • 135 km to Shahjahanpur, India.
  • 139 km to Aligarh, India.
  • 150 km to Muzaffarnagar, India.
  • 157 km to Ghaziabad, India

How To Reach Rampur

Rail:- Various express trains come here. The important ones are Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi, Delhi-Bareilly Inter-city Express, Lucknow-Delhi Lucknow Mail, Delhi-Kathgodam Ranikhet Express, Bareilly-Bhuj Ala Hazrat Express, Amritsar-Howrah Amritsar Mail.

Road:- National Highway 9 passes through Rampur. Regular buses connect Rampur to Moradabad every ½ hr. Direct buses are also available from Delhi, Lucknow, Bareilly, Aligarh Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanpur, Rupaidhiya, Agra, etc. National Highway 530 originates at Rampur.

Air:- Nearby airports (within 300 km):- (Bareilly Airport 60km)

Conslusion

It is known for the Nawabs and the literature as well as several forms of art. The rich heritage and diverse culture of the city attract thousands of visitors every year to the region. It has a great historical heritage with a collection of Mughal miniature paintings and other kinds of architecture. If you get time to visit so please do it.

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