Welcome to Shikohabad, a hidden gem located in the Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh, India. Known for its religious significance and historical background, this city has lots to offer to tourists looking for an offbeat destination. Let’s take a closer look at what Shikohabad has to offer.
== Geography ==
Located at 27.1°N 78.6°E / 27.1; 78.6, Shikohabad has an average elevation of 163 m (535 ft) and is bordered by the Sirsa river which flows between the main city and passes by the railway station.
== History ==
Shikohabad was originally known as Mohammad Mah, after which it was named after Dara Shikoh, the eldest brother of Emperor Aurangzeb. During the British rule, it was under the estate of Labhowa from 1794 to 1880. Though there is hardly any recognisable evidence of that era, Shikohabad was an important region controlled by the Rajas of Labhowa of Jadon d, later Jhala Dynasty.
== Religious Significance ==
The city is home to Bateshwar, a famous Hindu pilgrimage centre dedicated to Lord Shiva. The city also has a famous Jain Tirth on the banks of River Yamuna, located 22 kilometres south of Shikohabad.
== Accessibility ==
Shikohabad is well-connected with other cities by roadways and railways, making it an easily accessible destination. It is connected to cities like Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, New Delhi, Noida, Etawah, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Kolkata by National Highway 19 (formerly known as NH-2) and it also connects through Agra Lucknow Expressway through which is connected to Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur, Mainpuri, Etawah. Shikohabad Railway Station is located on Delhi Mugalsarai main line of North Central Railway having direct connection to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Agra, Etawah, Kanpur, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mainpuri and Farrukhabad. It is also well connected by road with all major cities of the state and region.
== Demographics ==
As per provisional data of 2011 census, Shikohabad had a population of 107,300, out of which males were 50,107 and females were 50,283, with a literacy rate of 81.68 per cent.
Shikohabad is a must-visit destination for history buffs, religious travellers and anyone looking for an offbeat destination in India. Plan your trip today and explore all that this hidden gem has to offer!