Meerut is a city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the largest city in the national capital region (the region surrounding the country’s capital) after Delhi and is also known as the sports city of India. Meerut is situated between the plains of the Ganges River and the Yamuna River.
Here are the most popular attractions and things to see and do in the city of Meerut:
- Fantasy World
- Suraj Kund Park
- Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary
Popular historical places in Meerut are:
- Bhole ki Jaal (a network of canals, power plant and water treatment plant, lying 17km to north west of Meerut; – famous attraction, easy to reach by personal vehicle or a public bus or walk)
- Shahid Smarak (a Government Freedom Struggle Museum, established in 1997)
- St. John’s Church (A parish church, bult between 1819 to 1821; known to be the oldest church in North India)
- Augharnath Mandir (Hindu temple)
- Jain Mandir Salawa (Jain Temple)
- Basilica of Our Lady of Graces (Christian Religious Spot)
- Mansa Devi Temple (Hindu Temple)
No trip to a city is complete without exploring its food scene. And Meerut also has its share of local delicacies. Some popular foods to try in Meerut are:
- Nan Khatai (Baked/fried salty maida biscuits)
- Golgappa (Pani Puri)
- Hariya Ji’s Lassi (a sweetened and thick, creamy buttermilk – specialty in some regions in Meerut)
- Kebabs on street stalls (Patties made with vegetables or meat, and sauteed in oil)
- Kachori (Vegetable stuffed crunchy flour pockets, deep fried)
- Jalebi (Yummy deep fried sweet, made of refined flour, dipped in saffron flavored sugar syrup)
- Butter Chicken
Some of the best restaurants in the city to eat at are:
- Kwality Restaurant (known for its Butter Chicken)
- Jain Shikanji
- Alfa Spice
- Avon (famous for its Pineapple flavored ice-cream)
- Chula Chowka
- Pinki chole Bhandaar
- Sagar Ratna Restaurant
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs, the best things to buy from Meerut are gold and silver jewellery, musical instruments, sports equipment, locally grown organic food items, and the local special sweets. There are plenty of markets and shopping complexes in the city where you can get these.
Some shopping spots in Meerut that can be explored and which sell these things are:
- Surajkund (for sports equipment)
- Jali Kohti Road, Old Meerut
- Melange Mall (Pallavapuram)
- Era Shopping Mall
- PVS Mall
- RAP Magnum Mall
- Shopprix Mall
Meerut Metro is an urban Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) under construction in Meerut city. The Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) Metro Rail Corporation began this project in the year 2017. The UP government has merged a line of this metro into the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), so it is likely to be completed around 2025 along with the RRTS project, and is expected to be operational by 2025.
Prominent festivals celebrated in Meerut include mostly Hindu festivals, as the city has a majority of Hindus:
- Ram Navami
- Chhath Puja
- Krishna-Janmashtami (a festival to celebrate the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna; lots of foods made with butter and cream are served to the lord on this day, along with many sweets)
- Mahashivratri (a festival dedicated to Hindi god Shiva; people fast for long hours to pray for their loved ones, and worship Lord Shiva)
These festivals are celebrated all over Uttar Pradesh, and so every city on the state celberates these in its own unique way.
Meerut is a city bustling with activities until late night, and has various sources of entertainment and socializing for people looking for trippy nightlife experiences. Some popular night clubs, bars and pubs in Meerut are:
- Garden Hills Bar
- Surya Bar & Restaurant
- The Millennium
- The Orchid Lounge (Hotel Crystal Palace)
Some of the best places for a comfortable stay in Meerut (ranging from affordable to luxury) are:
- Hyphen Premier Hotel
- Bravura Gold Resort
- Hotel Crystal Palace
- Hotel Raj Mahal
- Broadway Inn
- Olivia Hotel
- Hotel Subhadra Residency
Meerut city STD Code – 0121 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Police Control Room: 100
- Fire and Rescue: 101
- Medical helpline: 104
- Ambulance helpline: 108, 102
- Child helpline: 1098
- Women (Harassment) helpline: 1090
- For complaints against gov department: 1076
- Traffic Police: 103
Hindi is the most spoken language in Meerut. But Urdu is spoken as well.
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad
- Hello - Asalam u alaikum
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- Goodbye - khuda hafiz
- How old are you? - Aap ki umr kya hai?
- Congratulations - Mubarak ho
- What is this? - Yeh kya hai?