roorkee

Roorkee is a city of Haridwar district in Uttarakhand that is spread over a flat terrain with the grand spectacle of Himalayas ranges flanking it in the East and the North-east. It is on the banks of the Ganges canal on the National Highway 58 (Delhi – Sri Badrinath – Mana) between Delhi and Dehradun. Also the National Highway 73, connecting Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and Panchkula (Haryana) originates from here. The dominant feature of the city is the Upper Ganges Canal which flows north-south and bisects the city. Also known for Roorkee Cantonment, one of the country’s oldest,and the headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group (Bengal Sappers) since 1853. The renowned IIT Roorkee and COER Roorkee & Quantum Global Campus

Roorkee also holds the distinction of being the place where a railway engine ran for the first time in the country. The honour goes to a locomotive engine that ran in 1846 and the model of which can still be seen outside Roorkee station.Roorkee is also witness to the upheavals of freedom movement. There are still such trees around Roorkee where freedom fighters were hanged in full public glare. Especially in the village of Sunehra, beside K.L. Polytechnic hostel, one can still spot such trees.One can also witness the famous government irrigation workshop, in the tunnel of which British officers, civilians and their families took shelter when the revolt of 1857 broke out.

Roorkee is famous for the manufacture of Surveying & Civil Engg., Geological, Nautical and Hydrological Instruments – a Cottage Industry here. It started in early 1900, with the repairing of instruments of the Thomason College of Civil Engineering (later University of Roorkee and then IIT Roorkee) and moving on to manufacturing of compasses, levels and other surveying instruments. After getting the state status to Uttarakhand, Roorkee has grown to having 100+ industries and corporate houses under SIDCUL. There are two Industrial areas in Roorkee – one in Ram Nagar Industrial Area, the other being Devbhoomi Industrial Area on Roorkee-Panchkula NH-73, near Bhagwanpur.

Due to its location away from any major water body and its proximity to the Himalayas, Roorkee has an extreme and erratic continental climate. Summers start in late March and go on until early July, with average temperatures around 28 °C (82 °F). The monsoon season starts in July and goes on until October, with torrential rainfall, due to the blocking of the monsoon clouds by the Himalayas. The post monsoon season starts in October and goes on until late November, with average temperatures sliding from 21 °C (70 °F) to 15 °C (59 °F). Winters start in December, with lows close to freezing and frequent cold waves due to the cold katabatic winds blowing from the Himalayas. The total annual rainfall is about 2600 mm (102 in).

Due to its location away from any major water body and its proximity to the Himalayas, Roorkee has an extreme and erratic continental climate. Summers start in late March and go on until early July, with average temperatures around 28 °C (82 °F). The monsoon season starts in July and goes on until October, with torrential rainfall, due to the blocking of the monsoon clouds by the Himalayas. The post monsoon season starts in October and goes on until late November, with average temperatures sliding from 21 °C (70 °F) to 15 °C (59 °F). Winters start in December, with lows close to freezing and frequent cold waves due to the cold katabatic winds blowing from the Himalayas. The total annual rainfall is about 2600 mm (102 in).