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About Roorkee

Roorkee (longitude: 77o 53' 52" and latitude: 29o 52' 00", an average elevation above sea level: 268 m) is situated 30 km south of Shivalik Himalayan range and is in district Haridwar of state of Uttaranchal, India.

Roorkee is situated at about 180 km north of New Delhi, the capital of India. The town is famous for the Upper Ganga Canal built by the British in 1854. The canal flows close to the IIT Capmus and many of the hydraulic structures on this canal are unique and bear testimony to the high level of Civil Engineering prevailing at that time, in this part of the world. The town of Roorkee is also known as Gateway to the Himalayan Ranges of North India and to the various pilgrimage centres like Haridwar, Rishikesh etc.

Roorkee is well connected by road and rail from Delhi. There is frequent and regular bus service to Roorkee from Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) of Delhi. Rail connection to Roorkee is on Howrah-Amritsar and Delhi-Dehradun Railway lines.

The weather in Roorkee in the month of December is pleasantly cool, the temperature ranging from 10oC to 15oC.

Institutions in Roorkee
Indian Institute of Technology
7th IIT of the country
Formerly known as the University of Roorkee, established in 1847
Bengal Engineering Group & Centre
Army Cantonment
Central Building Research Institute
A constituent establishment of CSIR, New Delhi
National Institute of Hydrology
Ministry of Water Resources
College of Engineering Roorkee
A private engineering college


Historical Structures
Solani Aquaduct
Constructed by British in 1850
Ganges Canal
Constructed by British in 1847
War Memorial
Situated in Army Cantonment Area

Geographical Location
  Longitude 77o 53' 52"
  Latitude 29o 52' 00"
  Average elevation above sea level 268 m
  Shivalik Himalayan Ranges 30 km
  Haridwar 30 km
  Rishikesh 30 km
  Dehradun 75 km
  Mussoorie 105 km
  New Delhi 180 km

Reaching Roorkee is Easy
  From New Delhi by train
Shatabdi Express (Daily) 7.00 a.m.
Jan Shatabdi Express (Daily) 3.10 p.m.
Okha Express 12.30 p.m.
Indore - Dehradun Express 12.30 p.m.
Ujjain - Dehradun 12.30 p.m.
Bombay Dehradun (Daily) 7.00 a.m.
From New Delhi by road
Buses from ISBT, New Delhi every 10 minutes
Hired taxi from Ajmeri Gate round the clock
From Lucknow by train
Various trains 
Nearest Airport(s)
New Delhi (200 k.m.)
Dehradun (75 k.m.)