(Last Updated on : 22/07/2010)
Malihabad is a `panchayat town` situated in the Lucknow district of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The town is located in the northwest of Lucknow, the state capital at a distance of 25 km. It is well connected with the important cities in the state. The nearest airport is at Lucknow and the nearest railway station is the Malihabad Railway Station on the Lucknow - Bareilly rail line of North Eastern Railways. It is located between 26.92° North latitude and 80.72° East longitude at a height of 128 metres (419 feet) above mean sea level. The town of Malihabad was founded by Raja Malhia Arakh.
Detailed information about the town is put forward in the 2001 India Census report . The population of Malihabad was 15,806. Males account for 52% of the population and females comprises of 47% of the population. In Malihabad, 16% of the population is less than six years of age. The average literacy rate of Malihabad is 52% which is higher than the national average literacy rate which is 59.5%. To be specific, the male literacy rate is 59% and the female literacy rate is 45%.
Situated in the middle of Lucknow and Sandila, it is the mango belt of India. The place is famous world wide for its mangoes, which are Malihabad mangoes or Dashahri mangoes. Other varieties of mangoes are also grown here like Chausa, Fazli, Lucknowa, Jauhari, Safeda. The mangoes are exported to neighboring countries as well and are a major source of revenue for the town.
The prime attractions in and around Malihabad are Hatyaharan Pilgrim, Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama.