Meerut is a small historical city situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Culturally, it is one of the many influential towns of northern India, and is famous for its heritage sites. As per legend, Meerut was earlier known as Mayarashtra, meaning the country of Maya. Maya was the father of Ravan’s wife Mandodri, hence earning the moniker ‘Raavan ka saural’ (Home of Ravana’s wife).
Places to Stay
Meerut offers tourist a variety of hotels to choose from. Hyphen Meerut (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Bravura Gold Resort (Tariff – Rs. 3000), Hotel Lakshmi Inn ((Tariff – Rs.500) and Hotel Vijay (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some options.
The official language of Meerut is Hindi. Some residents also speak Punjabi, Urdu and English.
Nauchandi mela- an annual fair signifying unity between Hindus and Muslims, and Sardhana fair- held on first Sunday of every November, are worth visiting. Krishna Janamashtami and Ramlila are other festivals celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Some major tourist attractions in Meerut are St. John Church, Shaheed Smarak, Augarnath Temple, and Suraj Kund. Other nearby attractions include Sardhana Church (16 Km from Meerut), Hastinapur (37 Km from Meerut) and Parikshitgarh.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Meerut is Indira Gandhi International Airport and is 80 Km from Meerut.
Meerut Cantonment Station is the only railways station. A number of superfast trains run from this station connecting Meerut to other cities.
There are daily bus services to Delhi, Hastinapur, Agra, Kanpur, Jaipur and Lucknow from Meerut. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include KPN Travels, Neeta Travels and Raj Travels. Utilising the bus ticket coupon while booking your tickets can save you a lot of money