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Ghaziabad is one of the most important cities in the state of Uttar Pradesh and just like the other cities; it is full of various interesting places to visit. A large number of temples and places of worship dot the city and the areas around Ghaziabad. Two of the most important of such places that you can visit include -

1. The Dudheshwar Nath Temple - (Distance from venue is 10.3 km.) This is one of the most revered temples in the city. Legend has it that more than 5000 years ago, a brahman passing through this area saw a cow dig a hole in the ground and let her milk flow into it. Impressed by this spectacle, the locals built a temple at the spot and dedicated it to Dudheshwar Nath (Lord Shiva). The temple is a hotbed of activity around Janmashthmi as over 50,000 people descend upon it every year to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.

2. Garhmukteshwar - (Distance from venue is 78.2 km.) This temple is situated around 70 km from the main city. It is host to two very important fairs every year.
I) The Garhmukteshwar Ganga Fair is held every year on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik. Almost 8 lakh devotees gather here from all over the country to take a dip in the holy Ganges.
II) During Dussehra, Garhmukteshwar hosts another fair that is attended by over 50,000 devotees every year. It is one of the most popular Dussehra celebrations in the country.

3. Thakurdwara Temple- (Distance from venue is 9.8 km.) This old Hindu temple is situated in the Ajrara village near Ghaziabad. The resident deity is said to possess magical powers whose blessings have caused many miracles. It is said that king Ajay Pal constructed this temple during his reign to impress the deity he worshipped. Located idyllically beside the quietly flowing Kali Nadi, the atmosphere surrounding the holy temple is undeniably soothing. The architecture and colorful design of the shrine are truly praiseworthy.

4. Sai Upvan- (Distance from venue is 8.3 km.) A scenic monastery that houses the shrine of the revered saint Sai Baba, Sai Upavan is a true haven to help one dive into spiritual depths of peace and harmony. Seeking blessings from Sai Baba is truly worth the effort when one realizes the unique charm of Sai Upvan. The Hindon River flows nearby and provides another attractive spot for seekers of some quality time who wish to let peace rule their mind and bodies.

Apart from temples, Ghaziabad also has some other places you can visit to have a glimpse of the city's history art and culture. If you are looking for some history lessons, the National Museum is just 30 km from Ghaziabad. Spread over three floors, the museum traces the history of India right from the Harappa days to the modern times. Apart from artefacts, the museum also has a good section on the various Indian languages as well as regional arts and crafts.

So get down to Ghaziabad and get ready for an interesting foray into the world of spirituality and peace.