Eidpur

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Eidpur is a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, 218 miles SW of Delhi. It was founded in 1639 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reg. 1627-1666) as a garrison town on the Grand Post Road, linking Delhi, Agra and central India. It was so named because it was founded during the festival of Eid ul-Fitr; the name means 'City of Eid'. In 1857, during the Indian Mutiny, the fort was occupied by anti-British rebels, and subsequently besieged and stormed by British forces. The fort still lies in ruins at the heart of the town and is a popular visitor attraction. The town's economy was based on providing services for road travellers, but it also developed a strong handicrafts trade and its silverware is highly prized. In recent years, like many Indian cities, it has embraced the opportunities of new technology, and a number of semiconductor plants and software development companies have been established on its outskirts. The people of Eidpur are renowned in India for their supposed credulity, in much the same way as the people of Gotham in Nottinghamshire.

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