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Location: In the Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India
Climate: Summer 43°C to 30°C, Winter 25°C to 5°C
Best time to visit: October to March
Nearest Airport: Varanasi
Nearest Railhead: Bareilly Junction
Language spoken: Hindi, Urdu and English
STD Code: +91-5462

Azamgarh is an important town of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. The town has been home to Azamgarh Nationalist Movement initiated by Maulana Shibli Nomani. Maulana Shibli Nomani was a famous theologian and philosopher.

One Azam Khan, a very powerful landlord during the reign of Shah Jahan, in the year 1665, established Azamgarh. The city gets mentioned in various government gazettes of that era too. The city rose to prominence during the freedom movement when Shibli National College was founded. Established in the year 1883 by Maulana Shibli Nomani, Shibli College soon went on to become a major center of Nationalist movement. The college became the center of activity for names such as Shaukat Ali, Maulana Sulaiman Nadwi, Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadwi, Hasrat Mohani, Masood Ali and Moti Lal Nehru.

The city is also famous as the place where some of the most famous books on Islam have been composed. The foremost among these is the 7 volumes compilation of the Biography of Prophet Muhammad named 'Seerat-ul-Nabi' by Maulana Sulaiman Nadwi. Apart from that, famous books on Islam such as 'Seerat-ul-Sahaba', 'Thareekh-e- Islam' and' Taba Tabaeen' were also composed in this city. A village called Shah Dewait near the town has a reputation of producing some of the famous Urdu Poets and compilers in Uttar Pradesh. The city is also home to Kaifi Azami, one of the most famous poet and Leftist intellectual in the country.