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Jhulaghar

As the name suggests, Jhulaghar [swing and ride hub] is the centre for fun and merry with a manually operated giant wheel and the cable car as the prime attraction. Jhulaghar is lined with make shift as well as permanent shops where tongue tingling Indian snacks like bhel-puri , sev-puri,tikki-chat, idli-dosa, chhole-bhature, rajma-chawal, kadi-chawal and coffee-cold drinkscan be savoured. Jhulaghar is the terminal point, underneath the gorgeous Weeping Willow tree, for the cycle rickshaw coming from the Library bazaar.A bifurcation of roads leads through the upper and lower Mall only to unite again near the State Bank of India.

The lower slope is lined with the cable car station, the tourist information office, grocery stores, garment shops, railway out agency and general merchants. The Allahabad bank premise on the lower Mall is gardened with exotic flowering plants including the fragrant Magnolia. The upper catchment of Jhulaghar is flanked with shops selling woollens, woodwork, antiques, adventure gears, chai-samosa and make-shift shops on the model of the Tibetan Market. The telephone exchange and the century old Grand Post Office demark the Jhulaghar market. On a sad note, the Jhulaghar hub has witnessed the killing of six innocent locals by the Uttar Pradesh policemen on 2nd September 1994 during a protest for the demand of a separate Uttarakhand state. The area has been named as Shaheed Sthal (martyr ground) where a memorial stands.