Pilibhit – Sports

Sri Lalit Hari Cricket Stadium

Sri Lalit Hari Cricket Stadium, Pilibhit

Sri Lalit Hari Cricket Stadium, Pilibhit[55]

Pilibhit has one cricket stadium in the Shri Lalit Hari sugar mill compound, which is also or formerly known as Lalit Hari Stadium. This stadium was established in 1931 on Tarakpur road, at the railway station end. The home team for this stadium is Uttar Pradesh. It has Matting type of pitch. This stadium had hosted a few Ranji trophy cricket matches in the early 80s.

Some of the famous match was played at the Lalit Hari Sugar Factory Ground, Pilibhit are :-

An Aerial View of Gandhi Stadium, Pilibhit

An Aerial View of Gandhi Stadium, Pilibhit

Gandhi Sports Stadium

This is one of the beautiful stadium in the Bareilly zone speared 85 Acres (Local measurement) of area in the mid of the city, which has various facilities for Athletics, Football, Volleyball, Hockey and some indoor sports. In the same compound one multipurpose Auditorium is available. This stadium is better known as sports heart of the city, as this is the only sport facility available for public uses.

Other Facilities

Apart from these sports grounds, various educational institutions has their own facilities. Few are DGIC ground, St. Aloysius ground, Rama college ground, SVM college ground and some more. Although city hasn’t produce any big sports’ celebrity. But city teams have able to save a few state level competitions on various events.[58]

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Pilibhit – Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[8] District Pilibhit had a population of 16,45,183[9] occupying 38th position in the Districts of Uttar Pradesh. Males constitute 53.26% of the population and females 46.73%. Pilibhit has an average literacy rate of 49.81%, lower than the national average of 59.5%, male literacy is 62.49%, and female literacy is 35.11%. In Pilibhit, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. Population of district Pilibhit for 2011 has been estimated as many as 20,64,869 by a study done in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Population Growth of District Pilibhit
Census Pop.  %±
1901 470,369
1911 487,632 3.7%
1921 431,604 -11.5%
1931 448,824 4.0%
1941 490,699 9.3%
1951 504,391 2.8%
1961 616,301 22.2%
1971 752,151 22.0%
1981 1,008,332 34.1%
1991 1,283,103 27.3%
2001 1,645,183 28.2%
Est. 2011 2,064,869 25.5

According to the central statistical organization, the district Pilibhit had an area of 3504 km2 on Sept 1, 2007, occupying 33th position in the state and the total area of the pilibhit city is 38.76 Km2. Pilibhit city has much higer population density than the rest of district. The population density of the city is 4279.60 per km2, on the other hand the district has only 469.51 per Km2.

Prior to the abolition of zamindari the zamindars owned large tracts of arable and forest land. The farm labour was brought from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. After zamindari was abolished the excess cultivable land was distributed amongst the landless agricultural labour. In the post independence period large number of displaced persons from Pakistan were settled in the area. They were provided cultivable land mainly by clearing private forests. Large tracts were cleared and wetlands were drained and brought under the plough. The inhabitants of the landscape generally belong to the following major groups – those from eastern Uttar Pradesh, those from Pakistan including Punjabis and Bengalis, migrants from Punjab and the locals.

An Aerial View of Pilibhit city

An Aerial View of Pilibhit city

The common property lands and resources are worst affected in Puranpur tehsil. The population density of the tehsil has increased considerably over the last two decades. The population groups constantly endeavour to maintain their interests and identity. The immigrant labour and the Bengalis are the weakest economically but have a growing political clout. The Punjabi displaced persons and migrants are financially the strongest and wield considerable political clout.[10] The locals are always anxious to safeguard their interests against the immigrants. The locals are strongest in the process of decision making.

Amongst the locals are also the Tharu tribals.[11] They are settled cultivators, keep large herd of cattle, some sheep and goats. They have a distinct cultural identity. There are some Tharu villages in the proximity of Katerniyaghat Sanctuary. They are related to the Tharus in the terai areas of Nepal. The Tharus depend on the forests for food, fodder, medicine, small timber for construction of huts and agricultural implements, handicrafts, social and religious ceremonies. The major Tharu groups include the Ranas, Dingoras and Katharias. Marriages between these groups are very uncommon. Once their habitations were forest villages but now these are revenue villages. The tribal area development schemes have benefited these people. They have adopted modern farming techniques and have slowly shifted from subsistence level farming to raising cash crops. Some now own tractor and other farm implements. The eco development initiatives have largely focused on these Tharu villages.

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Pilibhit District at a glance


Area – 4008 sq km

Population (In ‘000, as 2001)
Male – 680.044,
Female -603.0534,
Total – 1283.103

Rural – 898.1721,
Urban – 384.9309

SC – 478.32,
ST – 0.09

Literacy (In ‘000, as 2001)
Total – 1780.38,
Male – 1125.13,
Female – 655.25

Administrative Set up (2007-08)
Loksabha – 2,
Assembly – 9,
No. of Tehsil – 5,
No. of Block – 14,
Nagar Panchayat – 112,
Gram Panchayat – 687

No. of Villages ( As in Sept, 2007)
Total – 1285,
Habited – 93,
Inhabited – 132

No. of Town (As in Sept, 2007)
Total – 20,
Nagar Palika -5,
Nagar Panchayat -15

Police Station(As in Sept, 2007)
Total – 28,
Rural Police Station – 11,
Urban Police Station – 17

RoadWays(As in Sept, 2007)
Total Bus stations – 388

Railways(As in Sept, 2007)
Railway Station – 15,
Railway Line – 85 km

Post Offices (As in Sept, 2007)
Rural Post Office – 44,
UrbanPost Office – 282,
Telegram Offices – 5

Communication(Asin Sept, 2007)
Telephone Connections (Landlines)- 87457, (In the series of 250 to 259)
Mobile Connections (Vodaphone, Airtel, Cellphone, Reliance) – 74,657

Banks (Asin Sept, 2007)
No. of branches of Nationalised Banks – 156, (14 Nationalised Banks are operating)
Other Banks – 5, (Private Sector)
Gramin Banks – 25,
Co-Operative Bank – 37,
gri and Rural Bank – 7

Fair Price Shops (Governmental) (As in Sept, 2007)
Rural – 809,
Urban – 270

Bio Gas Plant (As in Sept, 2007)- 7898,
Cold Storage (in Sept, 2007)- 31

Agriculture Production(As in Sept, 2007)
Food Grains – 547 (‘000 M.Ton),
Cane – 12576 (‘000 M.Ton),
Oilseeds – 1.84 (‘000 M.Ton),
Potato – 63 (‘000 M.Ton),
sown – 42(‘000 M.Ton)

Irrigation (As in Sept, 2007)
Net Irrigated Area – 319 (‘000 hectares),
Gross Irrigated Area – 454 (‘000 hectares)

Water System(As in Sept, 2007)
Length of canal – 1336 km,
Govt. tubewell – 484,
Pvt. Tubewell – 93278,
Total Hand pumps -2010 ,
Rural – 1886,
Urban – 820

Dairy (As in Sept, 2007)
Total Livestock – 109781,
Veternary Hospital – 39,
Livestoc Service Centre – 63,
Artificial Insemination Centre – 38,

Agricultural Socity(As in Sept, 2007)
Primary Agri Loan Society – 96,
Society Member – 30.4 (‘000)

Industries(As in Sept, 2007)
Regd. Industries under Industry Act 1948. – 557,
Small scale Industry – 30792,
No. of workers – 75961

Education (As in Sept, 2007)
Junior Basic School – 2841,
Senior Basic School – 761,
Higher Sec. School – 234 ,
College – 12,
PG College – 8,
I.T.I – 1,
Polytechnic College – 2,
Teacher Training Inst. – 1,
Engineering College – 2,
Medical College (Ayurvedic) – 1,

Public Health(As in Sept, 2007)
Allopathic Health Centers – 7,
Ayurvedic Health Centers – 32,
Homeopathic Health Centers – 15,
Unani Health Centers – 1,
Primary Health Centre – 68,
Comm. Health Centre – 7,
Family and Maternity Centre – 14,
Family and Maternity Sub-Centre – 354

Special Hospitals(As in Sept, 2007)
TB Hospital – 1,
Leprocy Hospital – 1,
Infectious Diseases – 1,

Total Roads (As in Sept, 2007)
Total Road Length – 3261 km,
PWD Roads – 2224 km

Electricity – (As in Sept, 2007)
Electrified Villages – 964,
Electrified Towns – 20,
Electrified SC slums – 976

Cinemas(As in Sept, 2007)
Total Cinemas – 41,
Rural – 16,
Urban – 25

Religious Places(As in Sept, 2007)
No.of Temples – 864,
No. of Mosques – 287,
No. of Gurudoaras – 65,
No. of Chruch – 3,
others – 12


Names of rivers and water bodies in Pilibhit District
Chauka or Chuka
Sundaria & Kailas
Pangaili Fulhar Lake (Madhotanda)
Mahadev lake (Jamunia)
Bari lake(Bithora Kalan)
Anwar ganj lake (Anwarganj)
Balpur lake (Balpur mandalia)

Sharda canal- 12.64 km
Hardoi branch – 36.80 km
Kheri branch – 31.20 km
Sharda Sagar feeder – 03.90 km
Outlet channel – 03.23 km
Subsidiary Hardoi branch 21.55 km

Names of Blocks in Pilibhit District
Gularia Bhindara
Nyoria Husainpur

Names of tehsil

Main Educational Institutes
Grumand Inter College
St.aloysius College
S.V.M. Inter College
Springdel Inter College
Ram Inter College
Lions Bal Vidhya Mander
Ben-her College
G.G. Inter College
Anguri Devi S.V.M. girls College
S.N. Inter College
Upadhi Mahavidhayalaya
Ram Lubhai Sahani Govt. Girls Degree College

Main Roads
Station Road
J.P. Road
G.G.I.C. Road
Chudi wali Gali
Thandi Road
Mill Road
Khakra Road

Main Cinema Halls
Vishal Cinema
Laxmi Cinema
Novalty Cinema

Pin Codes of various areas

• Amaria 262121
• Barkhera 262203
• Bilsanda 262202
• Bisalpur 262201
• Ganesh Ganj 262122
• Jugraipur 262123
• Katra Bazar 262201
• Kutchery 262001
• Lohia Head 262301
• Majhola 262302
• Neorila 262305
• Pilibhit 262001
• Pilibhit Chowk 262001
• Pilibhit City 262001
• Pilibhit H O 262001
• Sultanpur 262125
• Abhaipur Bo 262122
• Ahirwara Bo 262201
• Amaria Dso 262121
• Amkhera Bo 262203
• Amra Karoor Bo 262201
• Amrita Bo 262201
• Azampur Barkhera Bo 262201
• Bahadurpur Bo 262203
• Bahanpur 262001
• Bakania Bo 262202
• Bamrauli Bo 262202
• Banskhera Bo 262121
• Baratbhoj 262001
• Barehpura Bo 262121
• Barhera Bo 262201
• Barkhera Chaturaha Bo 262201
• Barkhera So 262203
• Bauni Bo 262201
• Behtim Bo 262202
• Bhaden Kanja Bo 243001
• Bhadsara Bo 262121
• Bhagwantapur Bo 262122
• Bhairo Kalan Bo 262122
• Bhikaripur 262001
• Bhikaripur Bo 262201
• Bhopatpura Bo 262203
• Bifarcation Bo 262122
• Bilsanda So 262202
• Bisalpur So 262201
• Bithora Kalan 262001
• Chandia Hazara Bo 262122
• Chandpura Bo 262201
• Chandupur 262124
• Churra Bo 262201
• Dang 262001
• Daulatpur Bo 262203
• Deohana Bo 243001
• Deoria Kalan Bo 262201
• Dhakia Bo 262201
• Dhuria Palia Bo 262122
• Dudhia Khurd Bo 262122
• Dunidam Bo 262302
• Gajraula Kalan 262001
• Ganesh Ganj Ndso 262001
• Gehluiya 262001
• Ghajhera Bo 262201
• Ghatampur Bo 262122
• Ghungchai Bo 262122
• Gobhia Sarai Bo 262122
• Gulabtanda Bo 262122
• Harrai Bo 243001
• Harraipur Bo 262121
• Imalia Gangi Bo 262201
• Intgoan Bo 262201
• Jahanabad Edso 262001
• Jallapur Bo 262201
• Jamunia Bo 262124
• Jatpura Ndedso 262001
• Jeorah Kalyanpur Bo 262203
• Kadherchaura Bo 262122
• Kali Nagar 262124
• Kalyanpur Khas 262001
• Kanakore 262001
• Kargaina Bo 262121
• Karnapur Bo 262122
• Karrkhera Bo 262201
• Karunapur Karoor Bo 262203
• Kasganja Bo 262122
• Katra Bazar Ndtso 262201
• Kesarpur Saidpur Bo 243123
• Khajuria Pachpera Bo 262203
• Khakra Ndtso 262001
• Khamaria Pull 262001
• Khandepur Bo 262201
• Khundara 262001
• Kishni Bo 262201
• Kumirkha Bo 262201
• Lalauri Khera 262001
• Luhicha Bo 262201
• Madhopur Bo 262201
• Madhotanda Bo 262122
• Madhupuri Bo 262203
• Majhola Dso 262302
• Maktul 262001
• Mala Colony 262001
• Meerpur Bahanpur Bo 262201
• Meerpur Hamirpur Bo 243001
• Mohammadpur Bhanja Bo 262201
• Mudia Hulas Bo 262203
• Mundalia Bo 262121
• Narainpur Bo 262203
• Naugawan Santosh Bo 262201
• Naujalia Nakatia Bo 262122
• Neoria Dso 262305
• Neoria Mobile Bo 262305
• Nizamdandi 262001
• Paharganj Bo 262201
• Pandari Bo 262305
• Pania Ramkishan Bo 262203
• Parasi Ramkishan Bo 262203
• Parewa Vaish Bo 262121
• Parsia Bo 262203
• Pauta Kalan Bo 262203
• Pilibhit Chowk Ndedso 262001
• Pilibhit City Ndtso 262001
• Pilibhit Ho 262001
• Pilibhit Kutchery Ndtso 262001
• Pipalia Bo 262121
• Piparia Agroo 262001
• Piperia Dulai Bo 262122
• Piperia Mundan Bo 262203
• Piperia Santosh Bo 262124
• Pooranpur Dso 262122
• Ram Nagar Jagatpur Bo 262203
• Ramnagra Colony Bo 262122
• Rampura Fakire Bo 262122
• Ranth Bo 243001
• Rasiayankhanpur Bo 262201
• Richhaula 262001
• Rohania Bo 262201
• Roopur Kamaloo 262001
• Rudrapur Bo 262122
• Sabalpur Bo 262122
• Sakhaula 262001
• Sarauri 262001
• Sehpura Bo 262203
• Shahgarh Bo 262122
• Sherpur Bo 262122
• Shivnagar Bo 262122
• Simra Akbar Ganj Bo 262203
• Station Road Pilibhit Ndtso 262001
• Suhas 262001
• Sunpahar Bo 262302
• Tirkunia Bo 262121
• Udaikaranpur Bo 26212

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Pilibhit – Politics of Pilibhit

Members of Parliament – Constituency Pilibhit

Parliament Constituency Code = 9

Year Lok Sabha Name of Members of Parliyament Party
1951 01st Lok Sabha Shri Mukund Lal Agrawal INC
1957 02nd Lok Sabha Shri Mohan Swarup PSP
1962 03rd Lok Sabha Shri Mohan Swarup PSP
1967 04th Lok Sabha Shri Mohan Swarup PSP
1971 05th Lok Sabha Shri Mohan Swarup INC
1977 06th Lok Sabha Shri Md Shamsul Hasan Khan BLD
1980 07th Lok Sabha Shri Harish Kumar Gangawar INC
1984 08th Lok Sabha Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh INC
1989 09th Lok Sabha Smt.
Menaka Gandhi
1991 10th Lok Sabha Shri Parshuram Gangwar BJP
1996 11th Lok Sabha Smt.
Menaka Gandhi
1998 12th Lok Sabha Smt.
Menaka Gandhi
1999 13th Lok Sabha Smt.
Menaka Gandhi
2004 14th Lok Sabha Smt.
Menaka Gandhi

Members of Legislative Assembly

Pilibhit Legislative Assembly Constituency Code = 41
Bisalpur Legislative
Assembly Constituency Code = 43
Puranpur Legislative
Assembly Constituency Code = 44
Barkhera Legislative
Assembly Constituency Code = 42
Barkhera Legislative
Assembly Constituency came into existence in 1967.

Year Vidhan Sabha Pilibhit Constituency Bisalpur Constituency Puranpur Constituency Barkhera Constituency
1951 01st Vidhan Sabha Sri Niranjan Singh (INC) Sri Hari Prasad (SoP) Sri Munendra Pal (SoP) NIL
1957 02nd Vidhan Sabha Sri Niranjan Singh (INC) Sri Bhihari Lal (PSP) Sri Munendra Pal (PSP) NIL
1962 03rd Vidhan Sabha Sri Ram R. Singh (INC) Sri Durga Prasad (INC) Sri Mohan Lal Acharya (INC) NIL
1967 04th Vidhan Sabha Sri B. Ram (BJS) Sri Munendra Pal (PSP) Sri Mohan Lal Acharya (INC) Sri Kishan Lal (BJS)
1969 05th Vidhan Sabha Sri Ali Zaheer (INC) Sri Tej Bhahdur (BKD) Sri Har Narayan (BKD) Sri Kishan Lal (BJS)
1974 06th Vidhan Sabha Sri Dhirendra Sahai (BKD) Sri Tej Bhahdur (INC) Sri Harish Chandra (BJS) Sri Kishan Lal (BJS)
1977 07th Vidhan Sabha Sri Dhirendra Sahai (JP) Sri Munendra Pal (JP) Sri Babooram Prabhati (JP) Sri Kishan Lal (JP)
1980 08th Vidhan Sabha Sri Charan Jit Singh (INC) Sri Tej Bhahdur (INC) Sri Vinod Kumar (INC) Sri Baboo ram (INC)
1985 09th Vidhan Sabha Sri Syed Ali Ashrafi (INC) Sri Tej Bhahdur (INC) Sri Vinod Kumar (INC) Sri Kishan Lal (BJP)
1989 10th Vidhan Sabha Sri Riyaz Ahemad (IND) Sri Harish Kumar (JP) Sri Har Narayan (JP) Sri Sannu Lal (IND)
1991 11th Vidhan Sabha Sri B. K. Gupta (BJP) Sri Ram Saran Verma (BJP) Sri Pramod Kumar (BJP) Sri Kishan Lal (BJP)
1993 12th Vidhan Sabha Sri B. K. Gupta (BJP) Sri Ram Saran Verma (BJP) Sri Virendra M. Singh (JD) Sri Kishan Lal (BJP)
1996 13th Vidhan Sabha Smt. Raj Rai Singh (BJP) Sri Anish A. Khan (BSP) Sri Gopal Krishna (SP) Sri Peetam Ram (SP)
2002 14th Vidhan Sabha Sri Riyaz Ahemad (SP) Sri Anish A. Khan (BSP) Sri Vinod Tiwari (BJP) Sri Peetam Ram (SP)
2007 15th Vidhan Sabha Sri Riyaz Ahemad (SP) Sri Anish A. Khan (BSP) Sri Arshad Khan (BSP) Sri Sukh Lal (BJP)

SoP indicates Socialist Party
PSP indicates Praja Socialist Party
BKD indicates Bharatiya Kranti Dal
BLD indicates Bharatiya Lok Dal
INC indicates Indian National Congress
BJS indicates Bharatiya Jana Sangh
JP indicates Janata Party
JD indicates Janata Dal
BJP indicates Bharatiya Janata Party
SP indicates Samajwadi Party
BSP indicates Bahujan Samaj Party
IND indicates Independent Condidate

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Pilibhit – Geography

Pilibhit lies between the parallels of 2806′ and 28053′ north latitude and the meridians of 79057′ and 80027′ east longitude. In the north side of the district is covered by Udham Singh Nagar of Uttarakhand state, along with the territory of Nepal, and Shahjahanpur lies in the south side Pilibhit district, on the east the district is flanked for a short distance by Lakhimpur Kheri and the remaining distance is swathed by the Shahjahanpur and on the west the district toches the limits of Bareilly.

Road Map & National Highway-74, Pilibhit

Road Map & National Highway-74, Pilibhit

In its general appearance the district presents diverse features and topographically may be divided into several distinct tracts. In the north and north-west the tract is a continuation of the Terai. The southern portion of the Bisalpur tehsil is similar in most respect to the adjacent tract of Bareilly and Shahjahanpur. The eastern and smaller section approximates rather to undeveloped forest areas of Lakhimpur Kheri, though with the spread of cultivation the dissimilarity between Puranpur and the rest of the district is gradually becoming less marked. There are 1227 Villages in the district Pilibhit, out of which 964 are electrified.

The district has more than 10 small to medium sized rivers amd 9 small to medium sized water bodies. The origin of river Gomti, Gumti or Gomati (Hindi: गोमती), which is a tributary of the Ganges River, is from a small lake Gomat Taal situated in Madhotnada in the Puranpur tehsil region.[2] Another important river in the district is River Sharda (Hindi: शारदा नदी), which runs through on the eastern part of the district. The city Pilibhit receives water from the river Devhahuti Ganga or Devha (Hindi: देवहुति गंगा or देवहा) the north – west side of the city and the river Ghaghra or Khakra (Hindi: घाघरा or खाकरा) on the north-east side of the city. Pilibhit city also have a few water bodies in its limits, one being on Tanakpur road in front of Dramond college gate, another being at the Degree College chauraha. Every year during winters this water body attracts thousands of migratory birds. The main source of water in the district is the ground water and the canals. District Pilibhit is swathed by a big net of canals. The district has 6 main feeders or canals, which run through almost 138 km in the district.

Major part of Pilibhit District is covered by dense forest. Total 78,478 hectare is forest.[3] Till 1978, 63% area of the district was a dense forest, but deforestation has scaled done the total forest cover to 23% in 2004.[4] The Sharda canal is the main canal of the district, the others being its branches. Total length of canals in the district is 138 km. Apart from the canal system, district also has a few water bodies, which are being using for agriculture purposes.

The National Highway No. 74 runs through the district in order to connect Haridwar to Bareilly via Kiccha, Kashipur and Nagina city. Apart from National Highway, The district is well connected with Shahjahanpur in south, Lakhimpur Kheri and Indian International Border (IIB) with the territory of Nepal in east, Nanital and town Khatima in north, and the city of Bareilly in the west by roadways and Rail ways. The district of Pilibhit also has several places of religious importance in or around the district. A main Gurudwara of Sikh community is placed in Nanakmatta town around 46 KM from the city.[5]

One of the biggest and the most important temple of the region, Sri Purnagiri Temple is in the nearby Champawat district of Uttaranchal. Thousands of lakhs of people from the holes and corners of Uttar Pradesh comes to this temple and Pilibhit is one of the halting point for the pilgrims.

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Pilibhit – Climate

Pilibhit experiences three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Typical summer months are from March end to June, with maximum temperatures ranging from 36 °C (97 °F) to 42 °C (108 °F). Contrary to most of the Himalyan Plateau where June is the warmest month, the warmest months in Pilibhit is May. The city starts receiving heavy thundershowers with sharp downpours in Mid June. Though the temperatures plunge in this month, the summer heat accompanied by high humidity can be occasionally quite oppressive.

Monsoon winds blowing from the south India are a welcome relief in mid of June, bringing with them heavy showers in July, August. Pilibhit receives excessive rainfall in the month of August & September. The city receives an annual rainfall of 723 mm, mainly between June and September as the result of southwest monsoon. August is the wettest month of the year. The spells of continuous rainfall may stretch to many days or even a few weeks. Pilibhit has, on record, received rainfall for 17 consecutive days (days when rainfall is greater than 21.7 mm) in 1967.

As the monsoon winds recede, the day temperatures starts decline in October with cooler nights signalling the onset of winter. Pilibhit experiences winter from November to February. it experience pleasant windy days, clear skies and cool nights in the month of November till February ends, Which makes it the most enjoyable time of the year. The day temperature hovers around 14 °C (57 °F) while night temperature is below 7 °C (45 °F) for most of December and January, often dropping to 3 °C (37 °F) or 4 °C (39 °F). On particularly cold days, wind may appear to be very chilly due to the dryness of air. Rain is very expected in month of February.[12]

Reported Climatic Variations:[13]

  • The highest temperature recorded in district Pilibhit was 48.5 °C (119 °F) on 29 May 1989.
  • The lowest temperature recorded in district Pilibhit was −0.2 °C (32 °F)) on 17 January 1949.
  • District Pilibhit has received snow fall once in Jan 1949, which was the coolest year in the region. The temperature reached below zero this year in the region.
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Pilibhit – Places of Interest

1. Old Pilibhit (Hindi: पुराना पीलीभीत)

The present town is of comaparatively recent origin but there is still a village known as ‘Old Pilibhit’ standing on the left bank of the Khakra river about 5 km to the northeast near the road to Nyoria Husainpur. This village had always been occupied by the Banjara tribe of the Periya clan. It is supposed that Pilibhit is the corruption of Periya Bhit or the village mound of the Periyas and also that the name Pilibhit has been derived from a yellow mud wall which once surrounded the district

2. Zama Masjid (Hindi: जामा मस्जिद)

A painting of Pilibhit Jama Masjid in 1780 found in British Liberary

A painting of Pilibhit Jama Masjid in 1780 found in British Liberary[45]

Many big buildings were constructed in the Mughal period. In this continuation a replica of Jama Masjid Delhi was built here by Hafiz Rahmat Khan in 1769. The only difference between Jama Masjid Delhi and Jama Masjid Pilibhit is of area only. Previously there was a pond at this place. Three lakh rupees were spent for the construction of this Masjid at that time. A sun watch is still there in Jama Masjid. Hafiz Rahmat Khan was the Afghan Rohilla leader whose jagirs or estates included Pilibhit and Bareilly, where he is buried. He became the leader of the Rohilla Afghans in western Avadh, but was killed in a battle against the Nawab of Avadh, assisted by trhe English, in 1774. The gateway is built in Mughal style, paying homage to the gateways of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, while the wall around the mosque enclosure shows the curvilinear Bengali roof found in Shahjahan‘s additions to the Mughal palace at Agra.

3. Dargah of Shahji Miyan (Hindi: शाहजी मियां की दरगाह)

In the northern side of the city of Pilibhit a dargha of qutebe Pilibhit Hazrat Kibla Hazi Shah Ji Mohammad Sher Mian Sahib Rahmat Ullah Aleh is situated which is very famous and people travel from other states as well as countries to take the blessing of Hazrat Shah Ji Mian. It is also said that by offering a CHADAR at the dargah is fruitful to the people. The dargar has become place of social harmony as people of various religion come here to offer their faith.

4. Gauri Shankar Temple (Hindi: गौरी शंकर मन्दिर)

This temple is 450 years old. This is situated in Khahra loclaity at banks of the rivers Devha & Khahra. It is said that the fore fathers of present Pandit Har Prasad came to this place with other saints. There was a jungle at that time. He dreamt in the night that God Shiva is here, in the morning he saw the Idol of God Shiva. Gradually a temple was built. Every year a fair is organized here on the occasions of Shivratri, Raksha Bandhan and on every monday of Sharavan month. A dharamshala is situated at the outer side of the temple, which was donated by Dwarika Das Banjara. There are two big entry gates at the eastern and southern side of the temple. These gates were built by Hafiz Rahmat Khan in late 18th century.

5. Raja Venu Ka Tila (Hindi: राजा वेणु का टीला)

In the Puranpur tehsil of district Pilibhit, one KM away from railway station, there is one high place (Tila) is situated in Shahgarh area, It is said that there was a palace of Raja Venu at this place. Ruins are still there. A very big well and ruins tells the story of a Kingdom.

6. Jaisantri Devi Temple (Hindi: जयसंतरी देवी मन्दिर)

It is one of the sacred place of the district, placed near awas vikas colony locality of the city, which almost 5 KM away from railway station. Although the temple premises is not in good condition, but still its a place of faith of Thousands and lakhs Hindus of sarounding areas. The temple becomes very crowded in the Navratris, during this days a fair is organized, which attracts not only the people of the district but from the nearby district as well. It is believed that the temple was constructed some time in 1858, after the great Indian sepoy munity, in the memory of some sepoys, who died while fighting with the Britishes in the field near the temple itself.

Chuka Beach Pilibhit

Chuka Beach Pilibhit

7. Ardhanarishwer Temple (Hindi: अर्धनारीश्वर मन्दिर)

One of the newly constructed, well decorated temple, which is the center point of all Shiva devotees of the city, situated on station road, near Vishal Cinema. This temple become extremely crowded during Shrawan Month and on the day the Mahashivratri. The another attraction of this temple is the Kali Puja, organized on the Diwali night in an auspious Mahurat. Thousands of devotees take part togather in the puja.

8. Chuka Beach (Hindi: चूका घाट)

Chuka beach is situated between the main sharda canal and sharda sagar dam under the ‘Mahof forest renge’. This is one of ever-green forest area protected by government of India, which is one of five forest reserves in the district, namely Mala, Haripur, Barahi, Mahof and Deoriya. Dist administration has developed this place as a picnic spot in order to increase the tourism in the area.

Sunset at Chuka Beach near Pilibhit

Sunset at Chuka Beach near Pilibhit

9. Dramand Government Inter College (Hindi: ड्रमंड राजकीय इंटर कॉलेज परिसर)

This was established in 1915 by Mr. Drumand. Now this is a government college for boys from standard VI to XII. Apart from the fact that it’s a government inter college, this School premises, has one of the oldest building with the great architecture in the whole regeion and the trust which is taking care of the building, is one of the richest trust in that area.

10. Raja ji Temple (Hindi: राजा जी का मन्दिर)

Raja lalta Prasad and Sahau Har prasad , belonging to the raja family of Pilibhit worked together and attained lot of fame and prosperity. Their contribution in making the town of Pilibhit well known in the region was immense. Pilibhit is situated in the sub montane region of Himalayan Mountains , in the Rohilkhand division of Uttar Pradesh (previously known as The United Province of Agra and Oudh). Raja Lalta Prasad (1872-1924) along with his brother Sahu Har Prasad (1875-1953) apart from setting up businesses , such as The lalit hari sugar mills took interest in the development of the region and estabilished The Lalit Hari Sanskrit and Ayurvedic college , The Radha Ramanji temple , dharamshalas at religious centres in the shahukara locality of the city.

Gurudwara Sri Chattvi Padshahi

Gurudwara Sri Chattvi Padshahi

11. Chhathavi Padshahi Gurudwara (Hindi: छठवी पादशाही गुरुद्वारा)

There is one 400 years old famous gurudwara in the pakriya locality of the city. It is said that Guru Govind Singhji took rest here, on the way to NanakMatta. He establish a gurudwara here on the name of the 6th guru Sri Har Govind ji and named it as “Chattvi Padshahi Gurudwara“. In 1983, one of the famous social servant Sri Faoj Singh reconstrate this beautiful momument.

12. Gomat Taal (Hindi: गोमत ताल)

The Gomti river is one of the most sacred rivers of north India. It originates from a reservoir called Gomat taal, which is about 7 km east of Pilibhit, and flows into the River Ganges. It passes through Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh and the latter part of its course through Barabanki, Sultanpur, Faizabad and Jaunpur districts. The length of the river is 800 km. According to legends in the Pilibhit locality, the river is considered to be the daughter of Sage Vashistha. During solar eclipse, devotees believe that taking a bath in the Gomat taal is equivalent to the bath taken in the river in Kurukshetra.

13. Devha-Ghaghra Sangum (Hindi: देवहा-घाघरा संगम)

The river Devha joins the river Ghaghra at a place named Bharmchari Ghat (Hindi: बहर्मचारी घाट), near to Aurvedic College in the Khakra locality of the city. Though, there is no proper roads to reach that place, but some bull carts are always available for transportation, one has to cross both of the rivers before reaching at the main ghat. Every year on the occasion of Karthik Purnima (Ganga snan), Solar eclipse, Lunar eclipse a big fair is organized at sangum, devotees come to sangum and take bath organize prayers. People from various communities come to this Ghats, cook Dal-Bhat, and distributes among devotees after offering to the rivers.

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Pilibhit – How To Reach

Main Three express trains comes here from Lucknow named as Lucknow-Agra express(5313), Nainital Express(5308) and Rohilkhand Express(5310) respectively. Two express trains from Agra comes named as Agra-Gonda express(GOKUL-5316) and Agra-Lucknow(5314) Express. From Delhi one has to reach first nearby district Bareilly or train then may reach Pilibhit by a bus or meter gauge train.

Pilibhit is also very well connected to Bareilly by BUS at the frequency of ½ hr. Direct buses are also available from Delhi, Lucknow, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanpur, Rupaidhiya, Agra and Tanakpur etc

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Pilibhit History

In 1801 when Rohilkhand was ceded to the British, Pilibhit was a pargana of the district of Bareilly, which lost it in 1833, the arrangement being temporary and the tract being again united with Bareilly in 1841. In 1871 was formed the Pilibhit subdivision comprising Jahanabad, Pilibhit and Puranpur which was eventually converted into a separate district in 1879. At the introduction of the British rule the parganas of Pilibhit, Jahanabad & Bisalpur was formed into separate tehsils. Puranpur was united for this purpose with Khutar. A redistribution of the area was effected in 1824, when the Bisalpur tehsil contained the parganas of Bisalpur and Maurari, which afterward become a single area; Jahanabad was joined with Richha to form tehsil Pareva & Pilibhit with Bilheri, the HQ being at Pilibhit. In 1851 Bilheri and the other tarai pargana were taken under direct management and in 1863 Richha was attached to the new Baheri tehsil, pargana Jahanabad being assigned to Pilibhit which also received Puranpur on its transfer in 1865. The latter, in 1871, a became subtehsil dependent on Pilibhit. The promotion of Puranpur into a full tehsil occurred in 1879, while Bisalpur throughout remained a separate subdivision. Thus the area is now divided into three tehsils and four parganas. Puranpur & Bisalpur constituting individual tehsils and parganas & the tehsil of Pilibhit comprising the paraganas of Pilibhit and Jahanabad.[16]

Rare Historical Facts about Pilibhit

1. It is believed that Pilibhit was ruled by a ancient king named Mayurdhwaja or Moredheaja, who were a great devotee of lord Krishna and a loyal friend of Arjun, whose name and geography of his kingdom, can be traced in Hindu epic Mahabharat.

2. Pilibhit was invaded by the Marathas in 1772 AC. This was the time when the Kurmi Community came in this region. The Marathas were the ancestor of Kurmi community, which is one of the major community in the region.[17]

3.The last king of Shah dynasty of Nepal got shalter in Pilibhit by ruler of Rampur suba Faizullah Khan in 1789 AC, when he was attacked by Gorakha king of Nepal.[18]

4. The city Pilibhit was an administrative unit in the Mughal era under Bareilly suba, so for the security purpose, The Mughal subedar Ali Mohammed Khan constructed four magnificent gate around the administrative building in 1734 AC. These gate were named as Bareilly darwaza in west, Hussaini darwaza in east, Jahanabadi darwaza in north and Dakhini darwaza in south, but due to lack of proper maintainence, all gate have been lost, only ruins are remaining now.[19]

5. The freedom fighter Maulana Enayetulla was from Pilibhit. Who voluntarily played host in exile of Queen of Avadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal to reach Nepal in late 1859.[20][21]

6. There is one memorial place at Khakra chouki (Current police chouki), where 21 freedom fighter were hanged on 14 Jan 1907, monday, on the day of Makar Sankranti, Who denied to follow English government orders and rebelled against them. In the respect of these 21 Martyrs, a rock (named all martyrs) has been founded in the compound of police chouki.

7. Mahatama Gandhi addressed a huge rally on 12 Nov 1929 in the field of Gauri Shankar temple along with Kasturba and Mirabehn and planted a tree in the temple campus which is still there in the temple.[22]

8. Due to dense minority population, Pilibhit district is a communally sensitive area. Pilibhit also has seen many man created calamities. some of major in last 150 years are as –

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