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Roorkee

Trip Planner Asia  /  India  /  Uttarakhand  /  Haridwar District  /  Roorkee
Roorkee is a city in Haridwar district, Uttarakhand (Hindi:उत्तराखण्ड), that is spread over a flat terrain with the grand spectacle of Himalayas ranges flanking it in the East and the North-east. It is on the banks of the Ganges canal on the National Highway 58 (Delhi – Sri Badrinath – Mana) between Delhi and Dehradun. Also the National Highway 73, connecting Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and Panchkula (Haryana) originates from here. The dominant feature of the city is the Upper Ganges Canal which flows north-south and bisects the city. Also known for Roorkee Cantonment, one of the country's oldest, and the headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group (Bengal Sappers) since 1853. The renowned IIT Roorkee is located in this city.EtymologyAccording to one story, Roorkee derives its name from Rurimadi , the wife of a local Rajput chieftain. Popular belief amongst villagers around Roorkee is that it got its name from "Ror ki", i.e., dwelling of a Ror. It's just one of the beliefs, though there are various stories for this. Roorkee was a small village until work on the Ganga Canal was undertaken. Canal construction helped further development and growth of the village into a planned and developed township.
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