Saharanpur is a famous industrial town of Western Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated 120 odd Kilometers from Delhi and is considered a major commercial transit point between Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The city is also renowned for Dar-ul-Uloom University.
Saharanpur has a long history to boast off. Excavations have reveled
settlements as old as 2000 BC in this area. The place also features
prominently during the Aryan civilization. Delhi Sultanate annexed the
city in the medieval period. It was during this period that a Sufi saint
by the name Shah Huron made the city his home. The city god its name
from this saint only. It was then called Shah Huron Pur. The city also
figures promptly during the 1857 rebellion. Some nationalist Muslim
leaders who later went on to establish Dar-ul-Uloom University carried
the mutiny in the city.
The city is famous for Dar-ul-Uloom University of Deoband. This
university has the reputation of producing hundreds of Muslim
theologians and jurists all over the world. Maulana Nanautvi and Maulana
Rashid Ahmad Gangohi was the founder of this University that was
established in the year 1867. The founders wanted to raise religious and
social consciousness through peaceful methods. The Deoband Madarsa made
efforts to awaken the Muslims and bring about a feeling of nationalism
and unity. The school went on to play an important role in the
revolutionary activities aimed at turning out the British from India.
Saharanpur is famous for wooden furniture. The city boasts off various
furniture shops that sell high quality furniture that are exported in
India and abroad. The city is also home to the world famous Basmati
Rise. Do buy a few packets.