Faridabad, one of the industrial hubs of Haryana, lies to the south of the Indian capital, New Delhi and to the east of the cosmopolitan hub, Gurgaon. Together with Gurgaon, it accounts for 50% of Haryanas total income tax.
The history of Faridabad as an industrial town goes back to the days of the Partition. An industrial development was started here by the government in 1950 to support the refugees who came from Pakistan. Today, the city is responsible for a wide range of industrial products such as refrigerators, tractors, shoes, switch gears, etc.
But Faridabad is not about industries alone. It has its share of tourist attractions in the form of Badhkal Lake, Baba Farid Tomb and Raja Nahar Singh Palace.
Faridabad derives its name from Sheikh Farid, or Baba Farid as he is popularly known. He founded the city in 1607 AD in order to protect the highway which passed through it. He is credited with building the Farid Tomb here.
The largest city of Haryana, Faridabad is situated on the plains of the river Yamuna and guarded by the Aravalli Hills on the western and south-western side. It is well connected to the city of Delhi by regular trains and buses.
Apart from being the economic hub of Haryana, it also generates its fair share of tourism every year in the month of February during the Suraj Kund Mela. The Suraj Kund Mela is a crafts fair held near the Suraj Kund Lake and is a platform that showcases the rich collection of arts and crafts items from different states of the country.
Faridabads food scene is as vibrant as its locals. Tourists should try the street food of the city that reflects the citys character. Here, travellers can head to the local market in Sector 5 and have some chilled lassi. Tourists can also head to the Sector 15 market and enjoy chaats like pani puri and aaloo tikki.
Also, Faridabad is a major production centre of Henna. Tourists must buy some mehendi powder before heading out of the city.
Ghaziabads proximity to Delhi, the rapid modernisation in recent years and the existing industries make Faridabad one of the most important areas of Haryana, and one of the most developed districts of the state along with Gurgaon.