Road trip to Khurja – The Ceramics City

Khurja is a small city (and a municipal board) in the Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh. It is situated around 85 km from Delhi. Actually I had to meet someone there and then complete my official work. I have been to Khurja many times . I used to go by Train. But this time I went by my own car.All major trains to Kolkata cross by this route. Last month I went there by Mahananda Express which started from Delhi at 6:40 am and reached Khurja at 8:30 am via Shahdra – Ghaziabad .

No. Of adults – One
1. Myself – The solo driver
My car – Maruti 800
Total Distance covered in the trip – 190 Km .

Khurja is about 90 Km from my house. I started my car at 1 PM on 20th May ’10. I knew that this route was not a very good route. From Rohini I crossed Ghaziabad which was on NH-24 . Now turned left towards Dadri and then continued on NH-91. Then crossed Sikandarabad to reach Khurja. Khurja is situated on NH-91.


NH-91


Muda Kheda Nahar

The route was not very good as mojority of the road was a single lane highway. The traffic volume was also very large. Just to cover 90Km it took me around 3 hrs to reach Khurja.

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City Station – Khurja


Main Bus Stand – Khurja

KHURJA CITY
Khurja supplies a large portion of the ceramics and pottery used in the country, hence it is sometimes called Khurja, The Ceramics City.With over 500 factories producing ceramic works, its skyline is dotted with chimneys.Khurja city is the home town of the Pathans of Khurja. Khurja city has a large area called Pathanwada (Pathan’s place) where the pathans live.

Khurja has a beautiful countryside.

with old buildings and houses along the road.Some of the famous buildings are: Lala Mewaram ka Kamra (the room of Mr. Mewaram, is taken over by some residents), Seth Gangaram Bhawan (which now has been converted into a banquet hall), the building of J.A.S. Inter college is also said to be a piece of art but is now decomposing due to bad management and maintenance. Another sad story in the chapter was the pulling down of Badi Chaupal in Pathanwada.


DIWAN MANDIR


Jain Mandir


Kila Village

INDUSTRY

Khurja is famous worldwide for its ceramic industries. A lot of ceremic products produced are exported worldwide and some are distributed all across India.

About 500 ceramic whiteware industries around Khurja, a clustered which is now called Khurja Whiteware Cluster. The cluster serves more than twenty five thousand jobs manufacturing ceramic products like stoneware crokery, sanitaryware, H.T. and L.T. Insulators, hospital ware, chemical porcelain, electro ceramics, kiln furniture, special ceramics, decorative wares, toys, figurines and bone china. Government of India has identified the Khurja Ceramic Cluster as the growth center for export. A number of manufacturer associations with knowledge support from research institute, development center is dedicated to day-to-day upgradation of technology


Manufacturing Pottery

The history of Khurja Pottery goes back to about 600 years ago, when some of the potter’s families moved from Delhi to Khurja during reign of Emperor Mohammad-bin-Tughlak. Starting with red clay Pottery they moved on to blue glaze and on red clay articles with engobe of white clay, painting floral designs.Khurja also hosts one of the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CG&CRI).

After exploring Khurja city till evening and learning about its history , it was night time then. My eyes were really stuck after seeing the beautiful pottery work. So I did some shopping and bought 5 beautiful coffee mugs , 1 whole set of small tea cups and one flower pot. They were all really beautiful. That night then I went to the Hotel and stayed there as next morning I had to meet someone there.


Moon Cine Plex – The Best Cinema Hall of Khurja and a good restaurant.

The next morning I left Khurja at 3 pm and reached back Delhi at 6:30 pm for the same reason that is traffic.

I really liked Khurja a lot , though it was a small city but really it was beautiful mainly the pottery work. It looks really very colorful. Hope the city remains like this and more and more people visit these small places too :-)

73 Comments

  • Nisha says:

    Now this is the place I wanted to go on my last visit to Delhi. I am a brave backpacker so in spite of being offered a car by my friend, I wanted to go by bus just to be with locals!!
    Man…. I reached the Anand vihar bus stop quite early in the morning (I was told that’s the place to get bus for Khurja).

    The chaotic scene is still in my mind. With ppl throwing luggage and themselves thru the windows, climbing on top of each other, jostling …. I couldn’t bring myself to doing that. Buses came & went… I kept watching in horror for 3 longs hours and finally called it a quit.

    There was no Volvo or some decent buses, just the state buses and information centre was in equally bad shape.

    So, do you suggest going by train is a better option then?

    • Sahil says:

      Dear Nisha,

      I have travelled to Khurja by all three modes of transport By bus , my own car and by train. But in my views the most comfortable journey is by train. You are right , the buses for Khurja start from Anand Vihar ISBT but no Volvo buses operate on this route.

      From Delhi 5-6 major trains stop at Khurja including Mahananda Exp , Kalindi exp , Howra Kalka Mail. Also trains take around 2 – 2.5 hrs to reach there . So surely Train is a better option.

      Sahil

    • deepak says:

      dear nisha,
      sort its late to reply but this is the way my country is….we can offer volvo for you but not for locals, you want to touch indias heart then try to walk in crowd to know us better….but we are best..here there every where ….

  • Manish Kumar says:

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  • testerrahul says:

    Nisha: Try to catch Delhi Howrah Kalka Mail thatleaves Old Delhi railway station in the morning and reaches Khurja in a couple of hours.

    Khurja has a place in the history of North Indian Classical music as well. There was a Gharana(school of music) that originated in Khurja.

    • Sahil says:

      Yes Rahul ,
      Khurja gave birth to many singers like – Ustad Altaf Hussain Khan Sahab ( also won Padma Bhushan ) and Ustad Aslam Khan . These all singers were from Khurja Gharana.

  • Patrick Jones says:

    Discarded as a dusty town, started off reading the post on it with bored reluctance. However, pictures of beautiful ceramics changed all that.

    Thanks Sahil, for introducing this place to us. It definitely worth a visit.

    • Sahil says:

      Thanks Patrick.

      Yes these small towns look really dusty at the first sight , but from inside they are really very colorful and deserve a visit.

      Sahil

  • Stone says:

    Lovely post Sahil.
    Reading it has triggered a strong desire to visit Khurja.

  • Tarun says:

    Nice post Salil. Next time, would like to learn more about those beautiful historical buildings.

  • Thanks Sahil for taking on the colorful tour of The Ceramic City. It never ever occured to me that this town can also be a place to visit, but looking at the beautiful pictures you posted, there is already a demand to visit it in winters by car.

    I wonder how easy it would be drive in the city.

    All pictures are very beautiful, but the picture of Diwan Mandir outclasses everything :-)

    Good going, keep posting.

    • Sahil says:

      Thanks Mr. Manish,
      Truly the old buildings were outstanding , I have updated even more pics.
      Please avoid going by car , the highway is very conjested. Once I was stuck in a traffic jam for 5 hrs . Train is the best option.

      Sahil

  • Rajeev says:

    Very good post Sahil. The place looks really very colourful.
    The pic of that deer ( Barasingha ) and the peacock is simply beautiful.
    Keep Writing…!!!

  • Sahil says:

    Thank you Mr. Rajeev ,
    Yes , I noticed these animals just in a village . The final pic which came out was really beautiful.

    Sahil

  • Kartik says:

    Hi, Sahil a very well presented post. I had never heard about this place earlier but now this place really deserves a visit.
    Whats ur take on going by my own car as I have heard that this highway remains conjested with traffic….

  • Sahil says:

    Thanks Kartik ,
    It is better to go by train . 2 months ago going by bus , I was stuck in the traffic jam for more than 5 hrs on this highway. I have encountered jam many times on this highway . So avoid going by the car.

    Sahil

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Hi Sahil,

    Like your most of the other post , once again a very informative post supported with beautiful pictures.

  • Sanjeev Singhal says:

    Hello Sahil,
    I am from Khurja, but little know abt Khurja,
    You have upgrdae me on the city.
    regards,
    Sanjeev Singhal

  • nandanjha says:

    You just put Khurja on travel circuit Sahil.

    I guess, a single-day theme-travel-trip during winters would be an ideal fit to explore Khurja. So colorful. Thanks.

  • Sahil says:

    Dear Mr. Nandan ,
    Yes, a single day is enough to explore Khurja .

  • Abid Khan says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this information about Khurja. Khurja is a town of my forefathers. I have heard numerous stories about this place. There was a strong pathan presence once and many migrated to Pakistan after partition. My grandparents left khurja on august 15th train in 1947 for Pakistan. We write ‘Khurjavi’ on our graves marking that a Khurjavi is buried here. Its a fantasy land for all of us and one day I hope to go there with my kids and show them the ancestral town. Do you have any pictures of Pathanwada that you can share? Thanks again for sharing this.

  • Sahil says:

    Thank you Abid for liking the post. If its your forefathers place , you should try and visit this place once with your family. This time beacuse of shortage of time , I did not click any pics of Pathanwada, but next time I will surely click these and update the post. So are you currently living in Pakistan.

    Sahil

  • Abid Khan says:

    Hi Sahil, great to hear from you. I moved to US for masters and now working for a Telecom carrier in Virginia. My parents and grandparents are still in Pakistan. Most of the family moved from Khurja to Multan and thats where we are settled. I’ll definitely make a trip in the next few years with my parents and kids. Please do take pictures of Pathanwada. I’ll look forward to them. Please also email them to [email protected] if you get a chance. Many thanks,
    Abid.

    • Sahil says:

      Dear Abid ,
      In my this post also , if you look carefully I have one pic of Pathanwada which I forgot to tell you earlier. The pic just above the Diwan Mandir is the Pathanwada which is called as ” Jas”.

      Sahil

      • Srinivasan says:

        Hai
        I am from Bangalore, I have job in Khurha and I am joining next month, Can some one help me giving following dtls pls.
        1. How are the local people
        2. How is the weather (all the time)
        3. How is the rent for a house and Do I get a house
        4. local conveyance is available
        5. Do I get good food (all the time)
        6. In case if I want travel to Delhi,What is the best way
        7. Entrainment.
        8. Is there Bar and Restaurant.

        Thanks in Advance
        Srini

  • dr. pravesh saini says:

    hi
    m dr. pravesh saini from khurja .
    i realy glad to see this exploring post about khurja. i realy love to my hometown.
    thnx to mr. shahil…..

  • my friend’s son want to admission in khurja iti after 10th pass please send complete address and contact no pl.

  • ankur verma says:

    mujhe khurja vase hone par bahut garv hai

  • Ahmad says:

    Hi Sahil,

    Dear i want meet u

    plz send the contact number

    Thanks

    Ahmad

  • MUNENDRA says:

    I LIVE TO KHURJA

  • munendra singh chauhan says:

    I am a hardware &networking engineer in gurgaon But i like thr Khurja
    Kurja is a famous city in (UP) Bhaipur is a famous village in dist – Bulandshahar
    i like it the Bhaipur

  • good city khurja good palish khurja hi city

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    i am daksh solanki / iam engineear khurja is afamous city in up boorole

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  • Pritam says:

    just read info abt khurja.. thnx for this… planned to visit nxt Sunday.. wud like to see the colourful ceramic world

  • Nirmal Kumar says:

    Hi Sahil,
    Very Nice description of Khurja.
    I was checking some information about my hometown.
    And got great info.

    Thanks.
    Nirmal

  • mohd. akram solanki says:

    the KHURJA WAS ACTUALLY ESTABLISHED BY THE (SOLANKI RAJPUT RAJA KHARAK SINGH ) WHO WAS THE ANCESTOR OF SENAPATI DHABAL (SARANG DEV SINGH ) SENAPATI OF MAHARAJA (PRATHVIRAJ CHAUHAN) THE BRAVE DHABAL SENAPATI OUT OF 8 SENAPATI HE WAS CONSIDERED A BRAVE DHABAL WHO MARTYRED IN SANYOGITA S YUDHDH
    THE PADAM SINGH GATE IS ON THE NAME OF SANAG DEV SINGH S ANCESTOR
    KUNWER MOHD. SHOAIB QADAR DAD WHO LIVES IN KUNWER HOUSE OPPOSITE BAGGAN KHAN KI HAVELI THE MUSLIM RAJPUT SOLANKI FAMILY OF SARANGDEV SINGH

    • KHURJA WAS ESTABLISHED BY KARAK SINGH SOLANKI IN (VIKRAMI SAMVAT 1493)

    • Srinivasan says:

      I need your kind help tothe following dtls pls.
      I am from Bangalore, I have job in Khurha and I am joining next month, Can some one help me giving following dtls pls.
      1. How are the local people
      2. How is the weather (all the time)
      3. How is the rent for a house and Do I get a house
      4. local conveyance is available
      5. Do I get good food (all the time)
      6. In case if I want travel to Delhi,What is the best way
      7. Entrainment.
      8. Is there Bar and Restaurant.

      Thanks in Advance
      Srini
      [email protected]
      PHNO09741160061

  • Sahil Sethi says:

    Thanks for the valuable info. Mohd. Akram

    Sahil

  • Khan says:

    Hi Guyz,

    Khurja wer my dad born and a beautiful place to live with good people around u.Now settled in Bombay from more than 40 years.
    We stay in HAVELI most famously called as BAGGAN KHAN KI HAVELI as it is in the name of my great grand father wen we are on holidayz from Bombay.

  • Usha Charan says:

    would like to know the rate of 10″ flower pot. Is it advicable to go all the way to Khurja to buy them or is it better to buy in Delhi only.

    • Sahil Sethi says:

      Usha Ji,

      If you need to buy just a single flower pot then no need to go there but if you need to buy some other pottery items as well, then you can surely go there. Rates are quite less as compared in Delhi.

      Sahil

  • Srinivasan says:

    Hai I need Help.
    I am from Bangalore, I have job in Khurha and I am joining next month, Can some one help me giving following dtls pls.
    1. How are the local people
    2. How is the weather (all the time)
    3. How is the rent for a house and Do I get a house
    4. local conveyance is available
    5. Do I get good food (all the time)
    6. In case if I want travel to Delhi,What is the best way
    7. Entrainment.
    8. Is there Bar and Restaurant.

    Thanks in Advance
    Srini

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  • Usha Charan says:

    Dear Sahil,
    I am looking for some terra cotta unfinished small pots, bells, flower vases etc etc. I want to hold a workshop and want to teach children Worli Art in that. Is it possible to get these things in Khurja. I reside in N. Delhi. Do you have any idea if I can find any of these things here.
    Thanks,
    Usha

  • Gita AM says:

    What a lovely post about such an interesting place, Sahil. Nandan directed me here, btw.

    Well, since it is just a 3hr drive from Delhi, I should seriously keep Khurja on my radar whenever the opportunity arises, in pleasant weather of course.

    I had heard of Khurja pottery but I thought it might be a description of the style or method. I never knew that there was a place called Khurja which seems quite interesting apart from the pottery.

    Thanks for posting about a new place, albeit that I am seeing this a few years after your log. You have yet to answer all the responses above mine.

  • Gita AM says:

    What a lovely post about such an interesting place, Sahil. Nandan directed me here, btw and naturally since you are a friend, I had to take a peek immediately.

    Well, since it is just a 3hr drive from Delhi, I should seriously keep Khurja on my radar whenever the opportunity arises, in pleasant weather of course.

    I had heard of Khurja pottery but I thought it might be a description of the style or method. I never knew that there was a place called Khurja which seems quite interesting apart from the pottery.

    Thanks for posting about a new place, albeit that I am seeing this a few years after your log. You have yet to answer all the responses above mine.

    • Sahil Sethi says:

      Gita Mam,

      Thanks a lot for your kind words.
      I am sure , You would really shop a large number of pottery items, because you would not be able to resist them.

      Btw, Sikkim Ka Plan final ho gaya kya ?
      In March, I am too making a plan for Himachal (Manali).

  • Sahil Sethi says:

    Gita Mam,

    Thanks a lot for your kind words.
    I am sure , You would really shop a large number of pottery items, because you would not be able to resist them.

    Btw, Sikkim Ka Plan final ho gaya kya ?
    In March, I am too making a plan for Himachal (Manali).

  • Gita AM says:

    I thought you did not like HP much! Kashmir will surely be missing you in March.

    For you Dilliwalley, you can just drive anywhere in the Himalayas on a weekend break whereas for us we have to first factor how to get to the nearest starting point and how much that initial journey will eat into the budget.

    For me, No Plan final ho gaya so far. All itineraries are only under consideration at this time. I am wary of planning too much in advance as something usually happens to force a change.

    I am off to phoren next week as my hubby will be there for some time for his project. Not anywhere exotic however.

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  • Anil Kumar says:

    Hi,

    I am looking for a reliable pottery manufacturer from Khurja. Unfortunately, i am unable to find even a single company’s website.
    Please help to get a few companies contact details.

    Rgds,
    Anil

  • Hi,

    I am also looking for a reliable manufacturers of Ceramic Plant pots from Khurja.
    Any body can help me to get a manufacturing company.

    Regards,
    Mohamed Hanief,
    [email protected]

  • Vijay says:

    I have heard a lot about Lala Mewaram ka Kamra and also some other buildings in that area. Can you tell me the exact location of Mewaram ki haveli and a picture of that location.

  • Swapnil says:

    Great post Sahil, loved your little adventure.
    However, there are a few glitches with information here, but its not your fault. I guess you took the info from Wikipedia. Khurja was actually established by the wounded soldiers of Timur. During his invasion of India in 1938, Timur had many potters recruited in his army (mostly as cannon fodder). Some of these potters stay behind because they were wounded or were not left fit for a long journey back home. These people started making pots and selling them to the neighbouring areas. The business grew and soon it was in good demand.

    Hope you visit this place again soon.
    Best of luck :)

  • RINKAL says:

    ALL ITME IS FINE

  • Pushpadhanii says:

    Hi!!

    We are also planning to visit Khurja for pottary. Now we heard from Delhi rental car (self-drive) is available which is easy to move in Khurja town too. I would like to know details about manufacturer too. Please help.

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