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The city of Meerut is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The ancient city dates back to the Indus Valley civilization, as its settlements were excavated from the region. This city is positioned in the northeast direction to the capital city of India, New Delhi and is just at a drive of 70 km from it and is at a distance of 453 km from the state capital, Lucknow. The city of Meerut also enlists itself and also stands as the second largest city in the National Capital Region of India. The city has been titles with many sobriquets as the 16th largest metropolitan area and 25th largest city in India.

It is the second largest army cantonment of India and the second fastest developing city lying in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city nestles between the plains of the River Ganga and Yamuna and the fertile soil around it is used for growing crops like wheat, sugarcane and green vegetables.

The city of Meerut derived its name from Maya Rashtra, which was the capital kingdom of Ravana’s father-in-law, Mayasura. However, legends say that Meerut got its name after a troop of Marathas resided here. Meerut was instituted in 1803 under the Harappan rule during the Vedic period. It is believed that the place had also been a significant centre of Buddhism during this period. As per the recent archaeological excavation, several remains of the historic town Hastinapur, was also found from the city. The city is also famous for being one of the largest producers of sports goods and musical instruments in the country. It is also considered as the largest producer of bicycle rickshaw in world and also stands as the education hub in the western Uttar Pradesh. Meerut travel and tourism is a popular among the Indian and foreign tourists alike and for that the Meerut tour packages are a perfect way of exploring the splendor of the destination in Northern India.

General facts about Meerut
Location: Northern India
Language: Hindi, Urdu and English
Climate: humid subtropical
Major Attractions:Tirthankar, Shantinath
Ideal Time to Visit: September to April

Tourist sightseeing in Meerut
This historical important city has many attractions to be explored by its visitors. There is Mall Road in Meerut which is one of the oldest roads of the place and is accompanied by the ancient Dogra Temple. At the cantonment of the city, there is a Pakistani tank which is another popular attraction along with that there is also a wheeler’s club, race course, golf course and a RVC centre in this cantonment.

There are many religious places to visit in Meerut such as the Jain Temples at Mohalla Teergaran, which happens to be the oldest Jain temple of Meerut out of the other 40 Jain temples present here. This temple is popular for the statue of Jain Tirthankar, Shantinath, present here. The St. John’s Church of the city is also a popular tourist attraction along with the Augarnath Temple, the Jama Masjid, the Martyr’s Memorial, Suraj Kund, Chandi Devi Temple, Kali Temple and the Gandhi Bagh.

Other attractions are Nauchandi Mela, which begins on the second Sunday after Holi and lasts for a month, Vilveshwarnath Temple, Dargah of Shahpir, Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, The Martyrs Memorial and many more.

Climate of Meerut
Meerut possesses a subtropical type of climate with extremely hot summers and cold winters. It experiences an annual rainfall of 80 to 100 cm and experiences humidity ranging from 30 to 100%. The months of August, September, October, and November make the ideal time to visit Meerut.

How to reach Meerut

Meerut by Air: The nearest airport to the city is the Indira Gandhi National Airport is situated just 80 km from it.

Meerut by Rail:The city has its railway junction which connects it to the rest of the country.

Meerut by Road: The city is well connected by road through NH-58 and 119. It also has frequent bus services to nearby cities from its two main bus terminals.

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