"Bareilly is located along the Ramganga in the geographical region of Rohilkhand. The city is also known as Nath nagari (Land of Lord Shiva), Zari nagari and historically as Sanjashya (where the Buddha descended from Tushita to earth). It is a centre for furniture production, woodwork and sugar production. The city was founded in 1537 by Basdeo, a Katehriya Rajput and the foundation of the modern city was laid by Mukrand Rai in 1657. In 1658, Bareilly became the headquarters of the province of Budaun. "
It is the gateway to the Kumaon hills, and is also mid-way on the National highway from Lucknow to New Delhi. The Panchala Museum in the University Campus and the Army Service Corps Museum in Bareilly Cantonment have an excellent collection of artifacts and manuscripts.
It is a city of temples and among the prominent ones are: Hari Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Shri Dauji Ka Mandir, Shri Bankey Bihari Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Pashupati Nath Temple.
Among the prominent mosques are the Dargah Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan, Dargah Hazrat Shah Sharafat Miyan, Bibi ki Masjid and Jama Masjid.
There are several Gurudwaras as well, the important being the Bada Gurudwara and Gurudwara Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib.
There are many parks and shopping malls in the bustling city. It is known for its greenery, the Army Cantonment and several educational and research institutions such as the Rohilkhand University, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) and the Central Avian Research Institute (CARI).