Meerut is one of the most important town in the Northern part of India. The town, situated in Western Uttar Pradesh has got a long history behind it. The city was the part of Hastinapur Empire of Kaurvas that ruled the Vedic India and was the protagonists of Hindu Epic of Mahabharata.
Meerut is the fastest developing city of Uttar Pradesh after Noida and Ghaziabad. Meerut ranks 4th in terms of population in Uttar Pradesh. It is an ancient city located 56 km (35 mi) north-east of New Delhi. Meerut also has one of the biggest army garrisons / cantonments in this part of the country. It is famous for its scissors, sports goods and Gazak. Meerut is also the sports capital of India and with the availability of 3500 hectares of industrial land and proximity of Delhi it is developing as the industrial hub.
Meerut is one of the most imperative towns in the Northern part of India. The town, located in Western Uttar Pradesh boasts a rich and long history behind it. The city was included in Hastinapur Empire of Kaurvas that ruled the Vedic India and was the protagonists of Hindu Epic of Mahabharata. The city again rose to eminence in medieval times when it defended itself vehemently but fruitlessly against Timor The Lame.
The Augharnath Mandir is one of the oldest and the most popular temples in Meerut. Also known as the Kali Paltan Mandir, this temple is one of the important landmarks of Meerut having played a significant role during the struggle of freedom and more particularly the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The Shivalinga of this temple is believed to have emerged on its own. It is not known as to when this temple has been built, although it is known that the Maratha soldiers prayed to the Lord here before they proceeded for the war. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and, hence, draws huge crowd during the festivals such as Shivaratri, Purnima and Amavas.
“Ghantaghar” as the name literally means a clock house or clock tower. The clock houses served to be a distinct landmark to a town or city and was generally established at the most popular area. During the British rule in India, several ghantaghars were built in different towns and cities, generally in the center of the town. In India, such clock towers have been built in Dehradun, Meerut, Indore, Gwalior etc., among various other towns and cities mostly in North India.
The other name of Gandhi Bagh is Company Gardens because these were set up by the East India company on the Mall road. The important feature of these gardens is that of the evening show of musical fountain.
The Gandhi Bagh is under the maintenance of Meerut cantonment board and it is having lush greenery and a calm ambience where plenty of species of flora are sustained in the campus. The garden has remained a centre of attraction for variety of amusement and recreational activities for the residents of the city.
Sardhana Church, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, is situated in Sardhana near Meerut. It is a Roman Catholic church that represents different architectural styles.
The church was designed in 1822 by the Italian architect Anthony Reghelini. It has a verandah lined with 18 Doric pillars. There are two lakes near the church which were believed to have formed due to the removal of the mud.
St John’s Church
St. John’s Church was founded in 1819 by Chaplin Reverend Henry Fisher, for the East India Company in the cantonment area. The construction of the church was completed in 1822. It is regarded as one of the oldest churches in North India.
The church was dedicated to the local people by Bishop Wilson. It has a seating capacity of around 10,000 people. The church witnessed the struggle between the Indian soldiers and the British forces during the Revolt of 1857.
Suraj Kund Park
Suraj Kund is the historical area of Meerut where the old town flourished. The Suraj Kund pond was originally built in 1714 by Lawar Jawahar Lal, a rich merchant, and was called “monkey tank” by the British. As per the mythology, it is said that Karna had offered his Kawach and Kundal to Lord Surya at the area of the Kund (lake). There are a number of small temples, sanctuaries, sati pillars in this area. Some of the other notable structures in Suraj Kund also include the Dargah of Shahpir, Jama Masjid, and the mausoleums of Salar Masaud Ghazi and Abu Yar Khan. The area is now popular for shopping and markets which are dotted with shops selling all kinds of goods and a host of that are located here.
Hastinapur Sanctuary Location: Meerut Area covered: 2073 Sq Kms Main Wildlife Found: Swamp Deer, Blue Bull Best time to visit: Throughout the Year About Hastinapur Sanctuary Founded in 1986, in Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bijnore and Jyotiba Phule Nagar, The Hastinapur Sanctuary sprawling in an area of 2073 sq. kms. The population of the wild animals includes various species of animals including antelope, sambhar, cheetal, blue bull, leopard, hyena, wild cat, and different types of birds. It also houses alligators. Hastinapur National Park is rich in faunal wealth because of the varied types of ecological niches existing in the reserve.
Digamber Jain Jambudweep Mandir
Being attentive to the interests of all–aged and children, Sansthan has made available various means of recreation in the campus such as exhibitions (Jhankis) related with the ancient history of Hastinapur, fountains of laughter, Jambudweep train, Tomato train, various swings, Columbus etc.
Tourists come here and sit in beautiful green lawns flooded with flowers to enjoy the natural beauty. Children play in lawns to resemble the dancing live flowers. On the occasion of various Melas such as Holi, Diwali, Kartik Poornima, Akshaya Tritiya, Sharad Poornima etc., Digambar-Shwetambar unity is well demons-trated here. A special celebration named as ‘Jambudweep Maha-mahotsava’ is organized every 5th year at this place.