is a city in Haridwar
district, Uttarakhand. Flanked by the Himalayan ranges in the East and the north-east, this city lies on the banks of the Ganges canal on the National Highway 58. It is also known for the Roorkee
Cantonment, one of the countrys oldest. The Upper Ganges Canal which flows north-south and bisects the city is another principal feature of the city.
comes under Northern Railway region of Indian Railways and is well-linked to all the metropolitan cities - Mumbai
, and Chennai
, besides a few other major locations. It also provides smooth rail connectivity to prominent cities such as Dehradun
, and others. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun
, which is around 68.4 kilometres from the city. However, the Indira Gandhi International Airport is given more preference, though it is 192 kilometres away. As far as road transport is concerned, the National Highway 58 passes through the heart of the city while the National Highway 73 originates from here. One can avail direct bus services from Roadways Bus Station.
Sometimes referred to as Shiksha Nagari, Roorkee
prides itself for being an important centre of education and research. It is best known for the IIT Roorkee
. There are several other government research institutes, including Central Building Research Institute, Irrigation Research Institute, Institution of Engineers Regional Centre, Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Irrigation Design Organization, and National Institute of Hydrology. Students from all over India as well as abroad get enrolled in the schools, colleges, and institutions here. It houses a number of degree colleges such as Roorkee
Institute of Technology, Greenway Institute of Management Studies Roorkee
, B.S.M. College of Engineering, Bhshambhar Sahai Law Institute, Roorkee
College of Engineering, and several others. There are also a host of PG colleges and polytechnic colleges. The famous shrine of 13th century Sufi saint Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, known as Sarkar Sabir Park, is another distinguishing landmark of the city, where a yearly 15-day spiritual fair (Urs) is held.