Thursday, April 12, 2007
It is named after the Maharaja of Bikaner Maharaja Ganga Singh who established it. It is said that the Maharaja wanted a city based on the design of Paris to be established and hence the map of the Old Ganganagar city will give you a glimpse of the map of Paris. Economy It's a testimony to land transformation: Desert land was converted to a lush green town credited to the efforts of the Maharaja who bought the Rajasthan canal which carries the excess waters of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the region, making Ganganagar known as "the food basket of Rajasthan Agriculture Main crops of this area are cotton,wheat and mustard. One thing this area is very famous for is Kinnu (a citrus fruit / variant of orange). The primary cash crop in the area is Cotton, however the overall production has dropped considerably. This has been due to heliothis (also called the American sundy). A worm that has affected the cotton crops with serious repercussions to the farmers of the region. In addition, price of cotton has been stagnant for nearly a decade leading to economic difficulty in some areas. People There is something special about people of this area which you will notice immediately - simplicity. You might come across a big landlord but you will hardly find any attitude or show off tendency. As is the case with this whole region, here too you will find people dressed in white and very often, carrying a gun. Well, nobody knows how it started, but somebody wearing a white kurta-pajama(a long shirt and a trouser made of same cloth) is seen as a rich person. So every tom,dick and harry is dressed in white(too much opulance!). Most of the families in this area are descendents of earstwhile landlords so guns and horses are considered as a sign of power. Although there are so many firearms around, there are hardly any gunfights. That is because most of the people keep these things as a sign of pride rather than a means of muscle-wielding. So on a cold evening,if you see the people in next jeep(a utility vehicle) with guns and pistols, no need to panic. Ask them for the nearest eating outlet and no wonder if they offer you a cup of tee themselves. Geography Ganganagar is located at 29.92° N 73.88° E. It has an average elevation of 164 metres (538 feet). Demographics As of 2001 India census,GRIndia Ganganagar had a population of 210,788. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Ganganagar has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 64%. In Ganganagar, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. Educational Institutes The city has been a center of learning since its early ages. Many notable education institutes include: Schools: Sri Guru Nanak Khalsa Sen. Sec. School Bhopal Wala Arya Sen. Sec. School B.S.F Senior Secondary School Good Shepherd Public School Blooming Dales International School Bihani Children's Academy Invention Public School Guru Harkishan Public School Nosegay Public School Sacred Heart Convent School STAR CHILDREN ACADAMY 5 ADARSH COLONY COLLEGES Seth G.L.Bihani S.D.(P.G.) College Surendra Dental College Sri Guru Nanak Khalsa College Sri Guru Nanak Khalsa Law College Govt. Law College Maharshi Dayanand (PG) College Attractions This town is famous for its many farms and fields. Main attractions include Gol Bazaar, Sukharia Circle, and the Hindumal Kot Border(Indo-Pak). Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganganagar"
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