Top things to do in Ghaziabad
- Shop till you drop! Ghaziabad boasts traditional flea markets, such as Ganta Ghar and Turab Nagar, as well as modern shopping malls. In fact, the flash suburb of Indirapuram is home to Shipra Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping malls.
- Take a trip out to the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers 2,073 square kilometres of the banks of the River Ganges. The unique ecosystem here makes it a home for a wide array of birds and animal life. You could see storks, birds of prey, kingfisher, peacocks, sloth bears, antelope, jackals and leopards.
- Pack a picnic and head to the banks of the canal at Masuri where you can lunch among the lush green mango groves.
- Visit Garhmukteshwar, a holy town on the banks of the River Ganges. There are numerous temples to see here, including the famous Dudheshwar Nath and Durga Devi. Plan your visit during the Dussehra festival, around October time, during which thousands of Indians come to bathe in the river.
- Unwind in the Radisson Blu’s Spa Violet with a luxury pampering treatment.
- New Delhi is just a short trip away. Take a day trip or travel in for a show at night.
- Take a look at the ISKCON Centre, which is a Hare Krishna temple on Hare Krishna Marg in Raj Nagar.
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Ghaziabad is an industrial city 19km east of Delhi and is the fastest growing city in India.
Ghaziabad benefited from government-backed industrial development in the 1980s owing to its strategic location on the old Grand Trunk Road from Bangladesh to Afghanistan. Today, Ghaziabad plays host to numerous manufacturers of railway and defence products. Bicycles, tapestries, glassware, pottery and paint are also produced in the area.
The fast growing population is fuelling a construction boom. Continuing development, which includes excellent transport links, is making Ghaziabad an attractive city for workers commuting to New Delhi and Noida to buy luxury apartments.
Ghaziabad is also a centre for higher education, with private and government institutions offering courses in law, engineering and management.
Ghaziabad is the main entrance from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. The Ganges and the Yamuna – the two holiest rivers in India – run through the district as well as the Hindon – just 2km outside the city – and the Kali.
When to go:
Ghaziabad shares a similar climate to Delhi. It is best to travel there from October to March when the weather is milder.