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Meerut Tourism

Rich culture, stunning monuments, significant history and lip-smacking cuisine awaits you at Meerut. This historical city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh sits at a distance of about seventy kilometres from New Delhi, the capital of the country. With an exciting past, that dates back to ancient days, contemporary art flourishes as much as a healthy dose of history and culture at Meerut. The Sports Capital of India has a lot to offer sports enthusiasts as well – choose from a myriad of sports gear including cricket bats and tennis balls to add to your collection. The artisan city holds an excellent value in the freedom of the country as well. Be it experiencing the nuances of diverse traditions or contemplating life in the tranquillity of monuments, Meerut has the answers to everything!

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Languages

Hindi is the most dominant language in Meerut. Most locals also speak Urdu. It is recommended that you learn a few phrases in Hindi before you make your way to this city, to explore it in all its glory. English is also spoken by most locals, especially in tourist locations. Most taxi drivers, guides and shopkeepers can converse in English. Signboards display instructions in both English and the regional languages. Khariboli is a local dialect of Hindustani that is spoken by the locals as well. It is musically rustic and fascinating to listen to. Most folk art forms involve Khariboli words.

History

Meerut is one of the oldest cities in India, dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization. The city’s proximity to Delhi has made it the epicentre of a flurry of activity through the ages. The Alamgirpur diggings are popular in archaeological circles, as the region houses artefacts from the Harappan civilisation. Pots and trinkets from the Mauryan era have been unearthed as well. Meerut has also been mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata as the region corresponding to Hastinapur, the capital of the Pandavas. This has made it a religious hotspot today. During the Mughal age, the city resisted invasions of Timur the Lame and Qutub-ud-Din. The most recent and documented brush with history came to Meerut during the iconic Revolt of 1857, which shaped the freedom struggle of India. Meerut was the first place where the revolution broke out – the ripple effect caused the entire country to attempt the first revolt against the colonial masters which bore fruit almost a century later.

Festivals

Meerut is famous for its distinct celebrations. The annual Jain fair is held in April and May, while the celebration of Parshwanath is held in July-August. Diwali festivities are held in October-November and are a must-visit. The entire city comes alive during Diwali, and the firework show is spectacular. The birth of Parshwanath is celebrated in December. Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm in the town in March.

Shopping

Nothing says holiday fun like souvenir shopping, and Meerut does not disappoint! While the city boasts of many malls and shopping complexes, the best trinkets and gifts are found in street markets. You can shop for jewellery, handicrafts, metal works and other items in the many markets that line the shopping districts. Surajkund Road is famous for its metal-embellished vases, jars and boxes that are sure to make memorable souvenirs. The city isn’t called the Sports City of India for nothing – it is the country’s most famous supplier of sports good. Choose from a wide range of sports accessories and paraphernalia, made by talented artisans. The intricate artistry is evident in the high quality of the items. The city also produces musical instruments of high quality, so indulge in your musical fantasies at great rates, straight out of the artisans’ shops. Ansal Plaza is a public hangout spot where you can shop for international brands. Silver jewellery is popular here.

Restaurants and Local Food in Meerut

If you have a sweet tooth, Meerut is the place to be! The locals take their sweets seriously, with many exclusive sweet shops lining the markets. Rewari and Gajak are two must-try sweetmeats made from jaggery, sesame and peanuts. These make for great souvenirs too, so make sure to stock up!
Savouries don’t lag too much either. Street food in Meerut is very popular because of the explosion of exotic flavours and cuisines that rejuvenate your palette. Golgappas made of potatoes and sauces, chaat that bursts with spices, potato Tikki and distinctive paan – you are sure to be spoilt for choice. Gulp down some wheatgrass juice or sweet Lassi to get ready for the next round!

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