Saturday, 25 June 2011

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Meerut is a metropolitan city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is an ancient city located 70 km northeast of the national capital New Delhi, and 453 km northwest of the state capital, Lucknow. It is a part of the National Capital Region of India. It is the second Largest city of National Capital Region of India after Delhi, the 16th largest metropolitan area in India and the 17th largest city in India. It is the second fastest developing city in Uttar Pradesh. It covers an area of about 172 km2. The total metropolitan area is 198 km2, which is the third largest in Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow and Kanpur.

The city may have derived its name from Maya Rashtra, the capital of the kingdom of Mandodari's father and Ravana's father-in-law,Mayasura. This name may have mutated to Mairashtra, Mai-dant-ka-khera, Mairaath and eventually Meerut.

According to another version Maya, a distinguished architect, got from king Yudhishther the land on which the city of Meerut now stands and he called this place Mayrashtra, a name which in course of time became shortened to Meerut. Tradition are so has it that the district formed part of the dominions of Mahipal, Gujjar king of Indraprashta and the word Meerut is associated with his name. It is also said that there was a group of maratha troops group in meerut, so the city was called maarath, which has now turned into meerut.

Meerut, with its imminent history and luxuriant picturesque backdrop, has a well-developed tourism sector.
Places to See:

Jain temples of Hastinapur

St. John's Church

Augarnath Temple

Jama Masjid

Martyr's Memorial (Shaheed Smarak)

Gandhi Bagh

Suraj Kund

Mansa Devi Temple

Bale Miyan ki Dargah

Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, Sardhana


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