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Meerut is one of the major cities of Uttar Pradesh State of India. One of the oldest cities in India, Meerut holds the ability to stun you at every step. Once you start taking a stroll in the city, you will get to experience all the colours of life. The culturally driven and rich heritage of the city will help you know a lot of things about Meerut. One of the prominent cities in Uttar Pradesh, Meerut is the place where several mythological traces from the great epic, Mahabharata have been found. when it comes to handicrafts, Meerut has earned a great name in handlooms.

History of Meerut

The rich history of Meerut is very intriguing. According to Hindu mythology, the city was a part of the Hastinapur Empire of Kauravas. Legend has it that the city was once known as ‘Maya Rashtra’ in ancient times and it is believed that Mandodri, the wife of Ravana, belonged to this place. 

The city has found some traces from the Indus Valley Civilization as well. Then, during the medieval era, the Meerut city witnessed the reign of Mughals, Tyagis, Vaishyas, Rajputs, Gujjars, and Jats before the invasion of British Colonisation. 

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Meerut finds its mention in the history books too, as it was closely related to the watershed event of the Revolt of 1857. The event was the outcome of an incident that happened on April 12th of 1857. As per the ancient documents, 85 cavalrymen refused to touch and use the cartridges made from animal fat. This refusal led to the imprisonment of all the 85 cavalrymen. This penalization led to the first and the most significant revolt against the British rule.     

If you want to relive the history, Kali Paltan Mandir will take you through freedom moments in Meerut. This temple was the centre of mutineers to plan further actions against British Raj. Talking about today’s scenario, the city comes with various temples including Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain. Also, if you want to dig into a fun and frolic session, The Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary is the ideal destination. 

Places to Visit in Meerut

Augarnath Temple. Augarnath aka Kali Paltan Mandir is one of the important historical sites in Meerut. Apart from being the centre of the freedom movements, the beautiful architecture is definitely alluring. 

Mansa Devi Temple.  The beautifully carved temple is situated in Jagriti Vihar of Meerut that is dedicated to Hindu goddess Mansa Devi. It is one of the most popular temples which witnesses a huge number of visitors every year. 

Mustafa Castle.  Built-in 1896/1897 by Nawab Mohammad Ishak Khan, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Meerut. The castle is a tribute to Nawab Mustafa Khan Shaifta, the father of Nawab Mohammad Ishak Khan who was a renowned poet of his time. 

Hastinapur. This religious city is a pilgrim centre for Hindu and Jain followers. The city accommodates various Jain temples such as Ashtapad, Digambar Jain Mandir, and Lotus Temple. Hastinapur is also known for its ancient structures that are believed to belong to the time of Mahabharata.

Things to do in Meerut

Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. One may explore the rich biodiversity of this national park that is spread over 2,073 Kilometre square. This sanctuary homes different bird species including owlets, pond-heron, northern pintail and many more. 

Gandhi Park. Also, you will get to enjoy and relax at the famous Gandhi Park that is known for several water activities. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Meerut

Nauchandi Mela. It is a month-long festival that is celebrated after the second Sunday of Holi. According to mythology, it is believed that Mandodri, who was Ravana's wife, was a keen devotee of Goddess Chandi and she was the one who built Chandi Temple in Meerut. It is believed that the Nauchandi Festival started in 1675. The festival holds a happy hue around it. Several stalls for handicrafts can be seen here.  

Garh Ganga Mela. The Garh Ganga Mela is organized in the month of November every year during Dussehra. This day, people take a holy dip in the Ganges performing Hindu rituals. Also, it is famous for cattle trade mostly for donkeys, that is why it is also called Gadho ka Mela. 

Best Time to Visit Meerut

Meerut city observes climate like other northern cities in India. If you want to enjoy the place to the fullest, September to December will be the right choice for you, as during these months the weather is pleasant.  

How to Reach Meerut 

One of the ancient cities of India, Meerut is situated in the Uttar Pradesh State of India. One would love to explore the “Sports City Of India. Here, people mostly speak the Hindi language. The city is 112 kilometres via EP Exp, 1, 518.1 kilometres, 1519 km via NH19, 2,205.1 kilometres away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Banglore respectively.

By Air. Meerut is just 112 kilometres away from New Delhi. Hence, it will be easier to Meerut opting for Indira Gandhi International Airport, situated at Palam, South West Delhi. The airport is well-connected with other metropolitan cities of India and abroad via regular flights from renowned airline services such as Air India Express, Air India, Air Mauritius etc.  After landing at the airport, tourists can easily take a bus or taxi to reach Meerut. 

By Road. Choosing roadways to reach Meerut can be a fun experience for you. There are government and private buses run within and neighbouring regions of the Meerut city. It is well-connected to some of the northern cities of India via road.  For travel enthusiasts, if you want to enjoy road trips from Mumbai to Meerut, it can be an adventurous trip for you. The distance from Meerut t Mumbai is 1497 kilometres via National Highway 48 and will take around more than 24 hours to reach. 

By Rail. Reaching Meerut by railway is easy as it has its own railway station namely Meerut City Junction Railway Station and Meerut Cantt Railway Station. Both railway stations are well-connected with other major cities of India. There are regular trains available at the stations even from/to the other major metropolitan cities such as Kolkataka, Mumbai and Banglore. 

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