Meerut is a significant tourism destination in Uttar Pradesh. The city boasts of some very important historical as well as cultural heritage sites. These sites are dotted all over the town and therefore they can only be covered via private cabs. 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 Temple situated in Meerut Cantt. area is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is said that the spark of the first war of independence of India 1857 first fell and then raged into a flame from here. Soldiers of the kali Paltan, a part of "British Army', often come to quench their thirst from the well in the Temple premises. It was the taunting by the chief priest of the temple on the matter of disputed cartridges sealed by. Cow fat that instigated the soldiers to a violent reaction and the fall out of that spark was the revolt against British rule on 10th of May, 1857.
The Shahid Smarak Meerut devoted to Martyrs of India and specially associated with the first war for freedom of India 1857. It is situated on Delhi road about 6 km. North-East from the city Railway Station and at a distance of about 200 mtrs from Delhi Bus Station (Bhaisaii). The compounds of Shahid Smark is well decorated, lush and green, with a Shahid Stambh in the premises devoted to the Martyrs Freedom Fighters. In the compound of Shahid Smark there is situated Government first Freedom Struggle 1857 museum. The museum collects, preserves, documents and exhibit cultural property of glorious past depicting important episode of the war of independence 1857 through paintings, relief and dioramas. The museum consist two main galleries 1 and 2.
Built in Colonial British period, it is a master piece of architect A cemetery is situated near to Church Where in the premises of cemetery one can see graves of the British and their families killed during the upsurge of 1857, 9 graves are still in conserved condition and visible.
A holly structure made of red stone near about m 17th century A.D. Well known as Makbara (Mausoleum) of Sufi Sant Shahapir it is a center of deep faith of devotees who come in huge number round the year and during holly ceremony (Urs) for offering prayers and getting blessed.
Maintained by Municipal Corporation of Meerut (Nagar Nigam). With lush and green ambience and diverse collection of flora in its premises. It is a center of attraction for recreational and amusement activities for the city. It is said that king Kama of Mahabharta times devoted and offered his Kawach &. Kundal (Divine armor) to God sun here.
This site has its own importance in first war for freedom of India 1857. The 85 soldiers who were kept under imprisonment in the Jail, situated here at that time, as a punishment on refusing to -use disputed cartridges. Where on 10th of May, 1357 soldiers of the 3rd native cavalry rode and broke open the doors of the jail to release there 85 jailed Heroes.The zealous freedom fighters attacked the British settlement located near by the jail and killed many of them and than all marched off to Delhi (Dilli Challo)
How to Reach
Nearest airport Delhi-99 Kms. appx.
Meerut is well connected to different major cities by express and passenger trains, nearest rail heads are Meerut city & Meerut Cantt.
Weli connected by all weather roads and national highways.
Situated in District Meerut about 37 kms. from Meerut and 100 kms. from Deihi connected through Meerut-Bijnor Road, it has been silent witness to the majestic, grandeur, royal conflicts and princely anecdotes of Pandavas & Kauravas. Known an over as capital city of Pandavas and Kauravas in Mahabharata times. Sites related to Mahabharata spreaded through out Hastinapvr as Vidurr Tila, Pandaveshwar Temple, Baradri, Draunadeshwar Temple, Karna Temple, Draupadi Ghat and Kama Ghat etc. Hastinapur is also sacred place for Jain devotees.A number of Master piece of architect and center of great faith of Jain religion are also wroth visiting here as- Jambudweep Jain Temple, Shwetambar Jain Temple, Prachin Digambar Jain Temple, Astapad Jain Temple and Shri Kailash Parvat Jain Temple etc. Where Sumeru Parvat and Kamal Temple in Jambudweep Jain Temple and whole premises of the Temple worth a visit. Hastinapur is also a center of great faith for Sikh devotees as being the birth place of Panch Pyare Bhai Dharam Singh one of the five disciple of Guru Govind Singh Ji. The Gurdwara at Saifpur Karamchandpur is a center of great devotion and faith for Sikh religion, beside being a sacred & historical palace, Hastinapur is also known for its wild life attraction, as sanctuary near by is full of Flora and Fauna diversity, a center of wild life tourism and adventure, ecotourism and related activities. Lodging and fooding facilities are available in Hastinapur as a rest house of department of forest and guest house of P.W.D. with Jain Dharamshala's also offer lodging facilities there.
Situated about 22 kms. West of Meerut in District Meerut. It is a fascinating town with a romantic and historical past It was established during 18th Century by the French adventurer Walter Reinhardt, popularly known as "Sanira". He came to India in 1754 as a private soldiers m the French East India Company. The Jagir ot the present day Sardhana was awarded to him for services by Najub Rohilla Chief Zabta Khan of Saharanpur. After his death in 1778 he was succeeded by his widow Begum Yohanna Samru who built the imposing Roman Catholic Church Shrine at Sardhana. The magnificent church now known as "Shrine-Basilica of our lady of Graces'' was built by Farzana Begum, the princess of Sardhana. The work began in the year 1809 and was completed in 1822. It cost more than four lacs of Rupees at that time and it has been declared a protected monument by Archaeological survey of India in 1924 and raised to the status of Basilica in 1961 Shri Mahdev Temple at Gujran Gate and Samru Mahel are also some of the important tourist places worth visiting in Sardhana.
Situated in Distnct Baghpat about 33 kms. from Meerut and 80 km from Delhi. In the South of this village there is situated a hillock about 100 feet high and spread across an area of 30 acres. Which is believed to be the remaining of lack palace of Mahabharta limes. A cave situated in the roots of hillock where it is said that the Pandavas escaped through it when Kauravas as a part of there conspiracy, tried to Him than alive in the palace in the game of dice.
Situated in Distnct Muzafarnagar at the bank of Holly River Ganga about 90 kms. from Meerut and 29 kms from Muzaffarnagar It is well known as a land of religious importance and austerity for devotees ail over, its existence is from ancient times and having a very important place in Mahabharta times. It is also a place of confluence of holly rivers Ganga and Sonali. Here at a hillock about 150 ft in height is situated a holly Banyan tree (Vat Vrikch) where it is said that under this holly tree Muni (saint) Shukhdev recited Shrimad Bhagwat (Great holly Indian epic) to accursed king Parikshit for his beatitude and salvation from the curse. Sukhdev Ashram, Hanumant Dham Temple and Eternal Banyan Tree is worth visiting here.