Meerut Sights and Landmarks Guide, India
Sights to See In Meerut
Meerut is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city name has a great significance taken from the epics of Ramayan. In the Ramayan, Maya was the father-in-law of Ravana. He was the founder of Meerut.
The city was first named Maidant ka Khera and was shortened to Meerut over time. According to another version, the city’s name is associated with the old Indian tradition and culture. As mentioned in Hindu sculptures the city has the origin from the Rakhyas area hence there are a lot of temples found in the city of Meerut. The name was then taken from these temples. According to others, Granths Yudhisther was the king of the area and he named the city Meerut from the name Mayrastra after a course of time. There are many tourists that come to Meerut to see the following touristic destinations:
Sardhana: Although it is not in Meerut, this a great place to visit for the day because of its history and its closeness to Meerut. It is a fascinating town with romantic and historical significance from the 18th century. Walter Reinhardt, who was a French adventurer, arrived in India in this period. He was soon popularly known under the name Samru. He was the man to receive the Sardhana. This was presented to him for helping with the troops of Najaf Khan in 1773. Sardhana was established after his death by his widow Begum in 1778.
Baba Viswanath Temple: The city is groomed with another famous old temple of lord Shiva called Baba Viswanath Temple. It was built around 1887. The temple is so famous that thousands of pilgrims come every year to take part in “Darsan” during the festival season. It is one of the most visited temples in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh. Nowadays people travel on foot from faraway places being up to 300 Kilometers away, with water in two pots supported by a “Baungi” to get the blessings of the lord. Unmarried girls also travel with milks and in bare feet on Mondays with the desire to marry well.
There are other place like Zoo’s, botanical gardens, modern buildings and other natural beauties of the jungle that you can enjoy in Meerut. Other touristic places include the Hasthinapur and the Gandhibag. One can enjoy the entire city within one or two days, as the city is small compared to other Indian cities. The best part is that if you are looking for a town that is not crowded with many foreigners than this can be the best place because it is less touristy.
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