Hastinapur is a town in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Those with a taste for history, Mahabharata, temple and local cuisine can visit this area. The district headquarters, Meerut, is located at a distance of 38 km south-west of the town. The city is named after elephants, as Hastin in Sanskrit means elephants. The city dates its history back to the Mahabharata-era.
Places to Stay
The town being quite close to some of the major towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh offers a wide variety of good budget hotels. Some of the options you ought to try are Yedu Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Basant Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Neeraj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Deep (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
The official language of the area is Hindi. Urdu is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Diwali and the two Eid(s) in November.
Places of Interest
Hastinapur is considered to be the holiest place on earth by Jains as it is thought to be the birth place of the three main Jain Tirthankaras. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the city are Jambudweep, Shri Digamber Jain Mandir, Shwetambar Jain Temple, Kailash Parvat and Hastinapur Sanctuary. Apart from these, some of the most important places worth a visit in the area are in Meerut. Sites worth considering are Baba Augharh Nath Temple, Shahid Smark and Government Freedom Struggle Museum, St. John Church and Cemetery, Mausoleum of Shahpir, Suraj Kund Park and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar Domestic Airport in Meerut at a distance of 52 km.
The nearest railway station is the Meerut City Railway Station at a distance of 42 km, from where trains to major Indian cities such as Delhi and Lucknow are available.
Various state transport buses (UPSRTC) connect the place to other cities and towns in the region. Buses to the area are readily available from Meerut and Muzaffarnagar. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations.