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When traveling in Egypt, some travelers will want to discover the city of Tanta, in fifth position amongst the largest city in Egypt. Tanta a city  located at a distance of 94 km north of Cairo as well as 130 km southeast of Alexandria in Gharbiya province. The population nearly reaches 350 000 inhabitants and has an important university. You can reach Tanta from the Damietta branch of the Nile and northwest and by way of Birket el-Sab. The city has textile industries as well as cotton ginning factories and is also considered to be a university town. In fact, there is an institution attached to the El-Azhar University in Cairo as well as a medical school affiliated to the Alexandria University.


Tanta comes to life in late October towards the end of the cotton harvest.


Nearly two million people from the Delta as well as other parts of the Arab come for the Moulid of Sayid Ahmed el-Badawi. The moulid is located around the Mosque as well as the Tomb of Sayid Ahmed el Badawi. El Badawi is said to be the founder of one amongst the largest Sufi orders of Egypt named as Badawiya. He took birth in Morocco, however immigrated to Arabia. He was sent to this city in 1234 as a representative of the order from Iraq. He was allowed for starting a new order in Tanta and it soon flourished. His tomb was devastated in the mid-nineteenth century however another was constructed and is the center of the festival. During the festival multiple sugarcoated nuts named as 'hubb el Azziz' is eaten. To be more specific, they are regarded a delicacy since ancient times. The Museum of Tanta comprises of collections from the present day back to Pharaonic times. The moulid honors the founder of one of the largest Sufi brotherhoods of Egypt. The climax of this festival occurs on a Friday when the Ahmediya whose turbans and banners is red, parade with drums behind their mounted sheikh. Events concentrate on the triple doomed, Ottoman style mosque where in Abd el-Al and Bedawi are buried. The place is located at a distance of 300 m east of the railway station.

The city is known for its roasted chickpeas or garbanzo beans. You can get them at any of the multitude of sweet shops encompassing the mosque.


Some of the well known cities that are located close to Tanta are as follows-


Sharm El Sheikh








Makadi Bay


Some of the popular accommodations in Tanta are as follows-

Panorama El-Delta

Arafa hotel


Some of the popular restaurants in Tanta are as follows-

Cook door

Pizza station


As per recent reports, this city which has its base in northern Egypt enjoys as total population of 450,000 inhabitants as per the records recorded in the year 2005. It also has an irrigation canal between the Damietta and Rosetta branches of the River Nile. It is believed to be the capital of the Gharbiya governorate with as much as four million inhabitants as per the records recorded in the year 2006. On an average the city shares an overall area of 1,942 km².


Tanta can be considered both as an industrial city as well as an agricultural centre. Among its industries cotton ginning, petroleum refining, flour milling, wool spinning, cottonseed oil extracting, tobacco products and processed food.

The best part about this city is that it is well connected to other urban centers of Egypt together with the Cairo–Alexandria superhighway passing close to it, and the chief railway lines connecting Alexandria as well as Damietta to Cairo and the remaining parts of Egypt. A university in this city was introduced in the year 1972. You will also find the Tanta Institute that originates with the Ahmadi College that dates back to 1276. The most famous event and site of Tanta is associated to the tomb of Ahmad al-Badawi. He was a thirteenth century Sufi Shaykh as well as a founder of the order (tariqa), an offspring of the Rifa'i order. As mentioned earlier, every year a great eight day festival is staged out here, thereby alluring more than 2.5 million pilgrims. Tanta also serves two significant annual Muslim festivals. A Coptic Christian bishopric was introduced here in 1895.

A Higher learning institution was established in Tanta in the year 1276. In the year 1769, the higher learning institution of Tanta has emerged out as an affiliate of al-Azhar University. In the year 1836, the city has turned out to be a capital of the Gharbiya governorate. The University of Tanta was inaugurated in the year 1972.

This town preserves its rural atmosphere in spite of being the fifth largest city in Egypt and is known for its major university. It is true that this is an interesting as well as quite charming city, where you are sure to enjoy a taste of modern Egyptian life without the magnificence of past eras as well as masses of tourists, but then there is little or nothing to see out here.  The only thing that you will find here is innumerable dramatic neglected colonial-era buildings remain, however possibly not for much longer as no one seems for recognizing their beauty or historical value. But then, the modern high-rises are slowly replacing them. Tanta truly comes alive, but then, in late October at the end of the cotton harvest. During the eight-day festival or Moulid of Sayid Ahmed El-Badawi the overall population swells to as much as three million because pilgrims pour in from all through Egypt as well as the Muslim world. Until the moulid was compelled into a ruin in the mid nineteenth century because it was so excessively violent and unsafe it was the principal moulid in the Muslim world, and in the early years of the twentieth century significant officials from both the Ottoman as well as British chain of command focused the celebrations. It is still believed to be the largest moulid in Egypt even though in present times festivities have been further reassured down, and any native can help you with the tales of their adolescence when the crushes in the streets proved fatal on a routine basis.