Roorkee is a small scenic town in the Haridwar District of Uttarakhand. Lying on the banks of the river Ganga, this is an important industrial city. Located in North India, the city spreads over a flat terrain, with the Himalayas on the east.
Roorkee was a tiny hamlet, before 1840. It developed into a town as the Ganges Canal was constructed and industries developed by and by. The canal was built by Col. P.T. Cautley, an officer in the British Army. It is still considered as a marvel of engineering. In recent times, Roorkee has also emerged as one of the education towns in India, with IIT Roorkee located in the city.
The town is surrounded by the Shivalik Mountain Ranges. It is an important pilgrimage center. One of the oldest cities of Uttarakhand, Roorkee has its own history. The town played an important part in the Indian freedom struggle. There are ious museums and memorials dedicated to its historical past. Roorkee is also an important pilgrimage center, lying in the midst of Haridwar. The Dargah at Piran Kaliyar Sharif is very popular with tourists.