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
Siituated on the banks of the river Yamuna of , Agra is the most popular destination in India. This city which was built during 1475 had existed during Mahabharat period and Mahirshi Angira in 1000 BC. Interstingly the city came into prominence only during the Mughal period. Agra always attracts large number of tourists for the beauty of the Mughal architecture most notably is one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. This place is stunning to view at night for the multi-colored lighting.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Agra. Some of them are Hotel Raj Bed & Breakfast (Tariff – Rs.800), Grand Hotel Agra (Tariff – Rs.1,500), Bhoomi Residency (Tariff – Rs.1800) and Dolphin Inn (Tariff –1600).
The official language of Agra is Hindi. The other language known is Urdu.
The Important Festivals of Agra is Adoor Gajamel (February).
Places to Visit
There are several places of tourist attraction in Agra. Some of the places include Tāj Mahal (12kms from Adilabad) , Agra Fort (5.2 kms from Agra) Fatehpūr Sikrī, (30 kms from Agra) I'timād-Ud-Daulah ( 9 kms from Agra) Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra (12 kms from Agra) and Mankameshwar Temple(12 kms from Agra).
How to Get There
The Agra airport is located 12.5 away from the heart of the city.
There are regular express trains to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kochi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram etc.
There are regular buses connecting to major cities in North India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Hans Travels, Royal Travels and Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation(RSRTC). When you buy your tickets online look out for bus ticket booking offers.