Saharanpur lies in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It got its name by the name of Sufi saint ‘Shah HarunChisti’ in 13th century. Surrounded by fertile agricultural region famous for plentiful yields in grains and fruits, the city is now one of the most flourishing ones in the state. The thick forests all around provide ample of wood needed for the woodcraft industry that contributes largely to the Indian export.
Saharanpur, unlike other developing cities of India, still has that old world charm about it. Lanes cluttered with electric-wired-poles, animals sleeping in the middle of the streets, namaaz being read out loud in the mosques, halwai making sweets by the road side, people smoking hookah and peddle rickshaw pullers are a regular sight. As one walks deeper into the ‘Lakkad bazaar’ (wood market) and the areas closeby, SaraiMardan Ali and Khajoortalato be precise, one can see artisans going about their daily business of making magic with wood.