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Meerut - Second Largest Army Cantonment of India

Date Added: May 03, 2012 01:13:19 PM
Author: rashmisinha
Category: Computers and Internet: Web Directories: Niche Directories: Travel

Meerut is an ancient town, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located at a distance of 70 km from the capital of India, Delhi. It is the second fastest developing city and second largest army cantonment of India. The city lies between the plains of the Ganga and Yamuna and its fertilized soil is used for growing crops like sugarcane, wheat and green vegetables. Meerut has got its name from Maya Rashtra, which used to be the capital land of Ravana’s father-in-law, Mayasura. However, according to legend, Meerut got its name after a troop of Marathas lived here. Meerut was founded in 1803 and was under Harappan rule during the Vedic time. It was also a important centre of Buddhism during this period. In a recent archaeological digging, several remains of the historic town Hastinapur was also found from the city. Hastinapur is an ancient city in the district, which is popular for several Jain temples like Pandav Teela, Teen Murti Mandir, Old Pandeshwer Temple and Dhyan Kendra. Baleni, Jain Mandir Salawa, Sardhana Church, Mustafa Castle and Gillispie's Grave are other famous attractions of the Meerut District. The Mall Road in Meerut is also one of the ancient roads of the place and is accompanied by the ancient Dogra Temple. At the cantonment of the city, a Pakistani tank is a famous attraction and there is also a race course, wheeler’s club, golf course and a RVC centre in this cantonment. The city also offers many other places to visit and explore like 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. Another major attraction of Meerut is the Nauchandi Mela, which begins on the second Sunday after Holi and lasts for a month. The 4 square kilometer fair area is a shopper’s and food lover’s paradise with shops selling textiles, handicrafts, ceramics, jewellery and many more. Apart from these, there are also cultural performances including performances by renowned artists and joyrides. The other famous attractions in the district include the Kali Temple in Sadar Bazar, Helipad, Electra Fall, Dev Temple and Shakti Dham. Shri Shantinath Digamber Jain Temple at the Mohalla Teergaran is the oldest Jain temple in the region holiday packages . Another popular attraction is the St. John's Church. The church can easily accommodate over 10,000 people at a time. Chandi Devi Temple, Baba Manohar Nath Temple, Mansa Devi Temple and Bale Miyan ki Dargah are situated near Suraj Kund holidays . It is also easy to reach Meerut from different parts of the country, as the Indira Gandhi National Airport is situated just 80 km from here. It is also well connected by road through NH-58 tour package and 119. It also has frequent bus services to nearby cities from its two main bus terminals.
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