Ghaziabad, also popularly known as the ‘Gateway to UP,’ is an interesting place to visit for its unique history, culture, and character. While the city has evolved into one of the most dynamic industrial cities in India, it also offers a great experience to travellers in terms of sightseeing and natural beauty.

Start your tour of Ghaziabad by visiting Dadri, known for the world’s largest power project, managed by the National Thermal Power Corporation. The city had played an important role in the freedom struggle of 1857 when King Umrao Singh Bhati had fought against the British.

If you want to explore the industrial part of the city, a trip to Mohan Nagar and Modi Nagar is highly recommended. Known for their myriad factories of sugar, textiles, vegetable oil, paint, soap and varnishes, these areas also serve some lip-smacking food in their lanes and by-lanes.

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The most important temple of Ghaziabad is the Laxmi Narayan Temple, located in Modi Nagar. Sprawling over a big open space, the temple boasts of many gardens and an overall stunning architecture. Constructed in red sandstone, the colour of the temple is its most striking feature.

Like all other Iskcon temples in India, the Iskcon Temple in Ghaziabad too attracts hordes of people throughout the year. It’s a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna; and the energy here is extraordinary especially during morning and evening Aarti.

About 10km from Ghaziabad, Dasna is a historic site on the banks of river Ganga. Legend goes that, a Rajput King had once come here to cure his leprosy and had fallen so deeply in love with the place that he constructed a fort for himself on the banks.

For a rather relaxed time amidst nature, head to City Forest, a perfect place for nature lovers, cloaked in natural beauty. There’s a lake here that offers scope for boating. You can also cycle around the park, or just sit with your picnic basket during a cocktail-coloured sunset.