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About Roorkee

The Roorkee is a city in North India, located in District Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. The city known as gateway to the Himalaya ranges and situated on the national highway (NH-58) about 170 km away from North of Delhi between the rivers Ganges and Yamuna. It is closely connected with renowned places like Haridwar, Rishikesh and hill stations of Dehradun and Mussoorie. There are frequent and regular bus services, deluxe/ordinary throughout the day & till midnight, from Interstate-Bus-Terminus (ISBT), New Delhi. Taxi services are also available from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Ajmeri Gate Taxi Stand and ISBT etc. Road transport services between Delhi to Dehradun and Delhi to Haridwar run through Roorkee. It is also connected by rail on the Amritsar-Howrah line. A fully air-conditioned train-Shatabdi Express runs between New Delhi and Dehradun with a halt at Roorkee. Usually Roorkee is known as ‘Education City’ and ‘Asia’s oldest technical pioneer’ due to the hub of engineering education with several top leading repute institutes and R&D organizations namely IIT, CBRI, NIH, IRI and Indian Army Cantonment.

Roorkee Ganga canal occupies an important place in the history of Haridwar. Originating nearly 3.0 km downstream of sacred Har-ki-Pauri at Haridwar, it was completed in 1854 and has 10,500 cusecs capacity, 300 km long canal and its 6240 km long distribution channels irrigate nearly 9 lac hectares of fertile agricultural land in ten districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states.

The culture of a place is a reflection of its society. It tells us about the people of the place, their lifestyle and their beliefs. Observing the culture of Roorkee gives you a fair idea about the traditions and practices that are still followed by the locals. The temperature of city having ranges from 5°C to 20°C in winter (December to March), 25°C to 40°C in summer (April to June) and 20°C to 40°C in rainy season (July to September). The minimum and maximum temperature during December month is around 4°C and 20°C and hence woollen cloths are recommended.