Jaunpur was founded by Firoz Shah Tuglaq in memory of his
cousin Jauna. It comes under the more underdeveloped areas of Uttar Pradesh.
Jaunpur resembles the Purvanchal area. It consists of rural agricultural
population with high illiteracy rate. No major industries are operative in this
area and the one perfume manufacturing is obsolete. With the help of the state
government, an industrial area has been set up offering opportunities to new
industrialists. There has been some upliftment in the corporate sectors.
Jaunpur had been an important centre of Islamic studies. It’s also famous for
its Jasmine oil, tobacco, radish etc.
Places to see:
Atala Masjid: This
mosque is built in strict conformance to the orthodox mosque plan. It
represents the excellence of the Sharquie architecture.
Jama Masjid: It
is the largest mosque in Jaunpur and was built by Hussain Shah. It can be
called a larger version of the Atala mosque. There is a huge dome on top of the
Lal Darwaza Masjid: It
is a very small mosque and the construction is attributed to Bibi Raji, the
queen of Sultan Mahmud Shah.
Masjid: It was constructed by Malik Mukhlis and Khalis in the year 1417.
Shahi Bridge: This
Bridge was constructed by Munim Khan in the year 1568.
Shitla Choukiya Dham:
This Temple is dedicated to Maa Shitla Devi and is very old.
Yamdagni Ashram: This
Ashram is dedicated to Sant Parashuram.
How to reach:
By air: Lal
Bahadur Shashtri International Airport, Varanasi is the nearest airport which
is just 45 minutes from Jaunpur.
By rail: It has 3
major railways stations called the Jaunpur City Station, Jaunpur Junction and
Shahganj. These stations are well connected with other cities of the country
By road: Jaunpur is well connected to
other cities of the state by buses.