Moradabad, better known as “Brass City” or “Peetal Nagri”, is a chief industrial city in Uttar Pradesh. It is a major revenue city where the production of brass products and handicrafts is the main industry. The handicrafts products produced by the city alone account for 40 percent and above of the total handicrafts exported by India. The handicraft export business of the city is a multibillion dollars business and thus a key contributor to the state’s economy. It is the administrative headquarter of the district with the same name and heavily populated. Since the city is a chief provider of work and opportunities, it is also a major educational hub. So, people in large masses come to Moradabad searching for work opportunities and good education.
Moradabad is one of the major cities of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow, the capital of the state, is about 344 k.m. south-east of Moradabad. There are frequent buses and privately operated taxis and cabs running between the two cities. Compared to the state’s capital, the city is much closer to the nation’s capital; Delhi is about 167 k.m. away. There are national highways and other roadways connecting the city with Agra, Delhi, Noida, Dehradun, and Haridwar. Besides, accessing the city via trains is perhaps the most convenient and budget friendly mode to reach Moradabad. In fact, the Moradabad Railway Station is a major railway station of Indian Railways. It is counted amongst the top 100 railway stations in India. Additionally, an airport is under construction on the outskirts of the city that will connect Moradabad with all major Indian cities. As for now, the Pantnagar Airport of Dehradun is the nearest operational airport. The good thing is that one can easily get taxis and cabs to the airport from the main market. Besides, some of the top-rated budget hotels in Moradabad also offer airport pick and drop service.
Lately, with the growth of tourism in India, there is an increase in the number of tourists visiting the city. Filled with some captivating tourist allures, the city is one of the top tourist haunts in central northern India. Brass handicrafts are undoubtedly the prime attractions. The city is known for the beautiful brass utensils, interior decor, and figurines. The Metal World and Bartan Bazaar are the two best places in the city where one can get brass handicrafts.
Moradabad is also popular for its history. The culture of the city is highly influenced by the past Hindu kings and Muslim rulers. Before the region was captured by the Muslim rulers, the place was ruled by Panchalas, Nandas, Mauryans, Guptas and Maukharis. The foundation of the present Moradabad was laid by Rustam Khan, the Governor of Sambhal under the Mughal empire. He established the city in 1625 A.D. and named it after prince Murad Baksh. He also built a Jama Masjid in the locality, still existing in the city. Not only the masjid is a revered religious centre but it is also a popular tourist spot.
The other popular tourist attractions of the city include: Raza Library, Pataleshwar Temple, Kanva Ashram, Bade Hanuman Ji Mandir, Sai Temple, Mandawar Ka Mahal, Sita Temple, Lord Shani Temple, Rambagh Dham, Najibudaulah’s Fort, Prem Wonderland and Prem Water Kingdom, etc. There are a number tour companies that one may contact. Plus, some of the hotels from Moradabad hotels list also offer tour services to their guests.