Main Attractions

Main Attractions


Aligarh has a unique and culturally diverse history to it. Its history up until the 12th century is much uncertain, but its recorded history begins with the establishment of Aligarh Fort in the 16th century. However, the transition of Buddhist to Hindu influence followed by Muslim and British Rule can be discovered in a lot of architectural elements of the city. Aligarh is home to some of the most fascinating tourist attractions, and when visiting here, it is a must to discover these destinations as well!

Shekha Jheel

Shekha Jheel, also known as the Shekha Bird Sanctuary, is located near the village of Shekha in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Resting 17 km east of Aligarh and 5 km from the Grand Trunk Road, it is an ideal place to witness a number of bird species. Out of 200+ bird species witnessed in Aligarh, nearly 170 species are found at Shekha Jheel. This lake came into existence after the formation of the Upper Ganges Canal in 1852. Presently, it is maintained by the Forest Department. The best time to visit Shekha Jheel is from November to February and entry ticket costs around INR 10 per visitor.

Aligarh Fort

Aligarh Fort, also known as 'Bonay ka Qila' or Dwarf Thief's Fort, is situated near the GT Road in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Though a majority of the fort is damaged, the remaining structure consists of a regular polygon surrounded by a deep and broad ditch. The fort was built during the time of Ibrahim Lodi. In 1524, the fort was rebuilt by Sabit Khan. Over a long period of time, this fort was of a great important for a number of rulers protecting their cities from the enemies. Presently, the fort is surrounded by Dawakhana Tibya College, Street 1 of Fort Enclave, office of the National Society for Educational Empowerment of the Masses (NASEEM), and many more.

Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp

Being one of the prominent sightseeing destinations in Aligarh, Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp, an educational museum, was founded in 1982. It is an art gallery situated at the Three Dots School Complex and houses a number of historic, biological, and geographical specimens. It also boasts of a large collection of coins, stamps and medals from various eras along with paintings, illustrations, cultural dresses from different ages. For geography lovers, the museum has a significant collection of different gems, shells, rocks, and minerals.

Kherashwar Temple

Situated in Tajpur Rasalpur village, 5 km from the city centre, Kherashwar Temple is counted among the holiest shrines of Aligarh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses an enshirenment of Shiva in the form of a Shivlingam. The temple boasts of its beautiful architecture with engraved ceiling of metallic mural finish. The temple also features Brass idols of various other Hindu deities as well. Owing to its close proximity to the city centre, it is very easy to reach the temple via the public transport.

Teerathdham Manglayyatan

Situated on the Aligarh-Agra road and around 13 km from Aligarh, Teerathdham Manglayyatan is a Jain pilgrimage complex. Spread over an area of 16 acres, housing 5 temples, the complex is promoted and developed by Shri Adinath Kund-Kund Kahan Digamber Jain Trust. Teerathdham Manglayyatan focuses more on socio-religious concept encompassing devotion, education, socio-religious research activities, and social service.


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