Home to some 1 million people, Bareilly ranks seventh-largest metropolis in Uttar Pradesh. It is a crowded, hectic city where pedestrians compete with cars and rickshaws on what are quite narrow and congested streets.
Bareilly lies in the upper Ganges plain, roughly 70 km north of the river and within sight of the outer foothills of the Central Himalaya. It is an important railway and transportation hub, about half-way between Delhi and Lucknow, well connected to most of the major cities in India by rail, and the western part of Nepal by road.
According to tradition the city was founded in 1537 by two brothers, Bans Deo and Barel Deo. They built a fort and named it Jagatpur, after their father, at that time the governor of the region. The term is still used to refer to a neighborhood which is now part of the old city. A small town developed around the fort. During the Moghul period Mirzai Mashid and Jama Mashid were built along with a new fort. After Aurangzeb's death in 1707, Afgan clans, known as Rohillas, consolidated their positions in the area and then after the region became known as Rohilkhand. In 1774 the region fell into the hands of the nawab of Awad.
Later the area was ceded to the East India Company and Bareilly became the headquarters of the district. Administrative buildings were built in the southern suburb of the town and in 1811 Bareilly Cantonment was established. During the mutiny of sepoys in 1857 Khan Bahadur Khan Rohilla formed his own government in Rohilkhand. One year later the rebellion failed and the town was recaptured by the British Army. During the British Rule railways were constructed to link the city to Delhi and Lucknow. Before WW II various factories were established in Bareilly and the city's economic growth continued at a high rate after independence.
Bareilly City is equidistant from the state capital Lucknow & National Capital Delhi.
- Ala Hazrat Express (14312) leaves Bhuj at 12.25 PM and reach Bareilly at 08:30 PM next day.
- Triveni Express (Queen of Sonbhadra) from Shaktinagar/Singrauli to Bareily via Chopan, Mirzapur, Allahabad Jn., Lucknow
- 1 Tomb of Ahmed Raza Khan (Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat).
- 2 Panchala Museum, M.J.P. Rohilkhand University Campus, ☎ . The collection of the museum includes prehistorical stone sculptures, goddess heads of Mauryan era, and a chariot of Gupta period. The numismatic section displays 500 coins belonging to periods earlier than that of Guptas. Most of the artifacts are from the archaeological site of Ahichatra (or Ahi-Kshetra)
- Famous Temples Santoshi Mata Ka Mandir: Near Madhinath,Bareilly (Old Temples). This is the Rural Area.
- Shiv Mandir Madhinath Bareilly City Railway Station. (Old Temples).This is the Rural Area.
- Muni Mandir Nekpur: This is Radha Krishna Mandir. (Old Temples ) OBC almost here.This is the Rural Area
- Famous Temples in Nekpur :Near, Lalita Devi Mandir Nekpur Bareilly. (Old Temples) OBC almost here.This is the Rural Area.
- 3 Alakhnath Temple, Alakhnath, SH 37. the main centre of Naga Sanyasins belonging to the Shiva order of Anand Akhara
- 4 Gauri Shankar Mandir, Gulab Nagar.
- 5 Tapeshwar Nath Temple, Subhash Nagar Colony. This is the oldest temple in town
- 6 Trivatinath Mandir, State Highway 37, B.D.A.Colony.
- Shri Hari Mandir ,beautiful,atractive Lord Radha Krishna Swaroop Estb. 56 year old have big AC hall & Music Fountain ,big garden, Model Town, Shahdana , Police Chuki Road.
- 1 Fun City, Pilibhit Bye Pass Road. A big amusement park including an Amphitheater, a 7 Days Restaurant and a water park named Boond
- Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. One of the few well forested areas in Uttar Pradesh, just 70 km away from the city center. The reserve has its own tourist lodges.
- 1 Amrapali Mall, Lohia Vihar (Opposite Wimco Factory, C B Ganj Police Station). The Bareilly’s most important thoroughfare
- 2 Phoenix United, Pilibhit Bypass, Mahanagar Colony.
- 1 Delhi Mughlai Food, Civil lines (near the bus stand), ☎ . 10AM–12PM.
- Warehouse, 228-A, Civil Lines, Station Road. 12:00PM - 12:30AM. The night pub of Swarn Towers Hotel
- Hard Rock (Allure), 204 B, Civil Lines, Station Road,. The cocktail bar at Pancham Continental with live screen and music.
- 1 Amaya Hotel, Saree Sansar Building, 35A, Civil Lines, Chowki Chouraha, ☎ . A business hotel for budget travelers, located in the most famous market of Bareilly.
- 2 New R K Guest House, Bareilly College Road, ☎ , .
- 3 Swarn Towers, 228-A, Civil Lines, Station Road, ☎ .
- 4 Diplomat Residency, 63, Choupla Road, Civil Lines (near the train station). A 46 room boutique 3-star hotel. 50€ per night (2016).
- 5 Sobti Continental, Green Park, Bisalpur Road, ☎ . $55 per night (2016).
- 6 Pancham Continental, 204 B, Civil Lines, Station Road,, ☎ . $34 per night (2016).
- Rahi Hotel Rohila, 2 Civil Lines (Near Gandhi Udyan).