Bareilly is one of the very important towns in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. The city is the erstwhile capital of Rohilkhand division. The city is an important commercial center in North India and has several small and medium sized industries.
Bareilly is also sometimes known as Bans-Bareilly because of the
flourishing bamboo trade in the city. The city situated on the banks of
Ram Ganga has a rich heritage and long history to boast about. The city
has a mention in Epic Mahabharata as the capital of 'Panchal' rulers. In
the Medieval period it was under the Rohila. Mukrand Rai laid the modern
city's foundation in 1657.
The city for long has been a center for various minor and major
movements. It is this very city from where the famous Sufi-Barelvi sect
Islam was born. One Ahmed Raza Khan who was the resident of the city
started the movement that borrows its name from the city itself. In
fact, the city is known as the citadel of Barelvi sect in Asia.
The city has seen sudden spurt of development in recent years that has
been fueled by real estate sector. This has resulted in to the popping up
of various modern high-end colonies and societies. All these have
changed the skyline of the city considerably.