Now a bustling city in the close proximity to Delhi, Meerut is reckoned to be the place where King Dasharatha accidentally shot Shravan Kumar and was cursed by his old and blind parents. Thus, this destination, which is now the part of the state of Uttar Pradesh is said to be the grounds from where the entire epic Ramayana grew. Meerut is also believed to be the kingdom of the brother of Mandodari, the wife of Ravana from the epic of Ramayana. The city’s history also dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, as the relics of the that period were found around Meerut. The glory of this city is not limited to this, Meerut was also the base of the great upsurge of 1857. The tourist destination might look underrated, but it has a lot for anyone with a keen eye for history.
On visiting Meerut, travellers will come across the famous monuments which are a great example of architecture that speaks about the glorious past. Like any other city in India, Meerut too is home to temples and religious sites including the Chanda Devi Temple, which is said to be the place where Mandodari, Ravana’s wife used to worship; and Mansa Devi Temple that attracts pilgrims from across the globe especially during Navratri festival. These temples date back to ancient times and showcase an exquisite architecture. Also, tourists can find peace by visiting Jama Masjid and Shri Shantinath Digambar Jain Temple, The St John Church and Sardhana Church.
Other than this the Bale Miyan ki Dargah and Shahpeer Sahab ki Dargah are visited by devotees who come here to offer prayers and to attain spirituality. Apart from temples and religious sites, Meerut is a home to a number of parks and gardens. The must visit are the Suraj Kund Park, Bhamashah Park, Ecological Park and the Pine Children’s Park which offer green spaces and are no less than a paradise for the ones who are looking for some solace amidst the city's chaos. A visit to the Shahid Smarak will take one to the place which pays tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the freedom struggle. The vast expanses of gardens gives the tourists an opportunity to enjoy strolling amid the blooming flowers that refresh the mind and soul. Tourists can make a visit to the Shahpir mausoleum where one can witness the architecture grandeur of the old mausoleum that was built by the Mughals.
For those with the love for shopping, a visit to the small markets let the tourists gather the little knick-knacks and souvenirs with distinctive charm. Other than this, if you are a music lover, then you are going to get the opportunity to shop musical instruments as Meerut is the largest producer of musical instruments in the country so getting hands on them is not to be missed when exploring the city.