Start an interesting journey to Meerut, to the times of the Indus Valley civilization, a mythological trip to the era of Ramayana and Mahabharata. A journey to the period of the bravery tales of Mauryan and Mughal empires and the most recent of these all, Indian freedom struggle. The footprints of all these important eras of Indian history are tourist spots in this city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Located close to the national capital of New Delhi, Meerut is slowly gaining prominence in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Cantonment Area of the city is second largest in India. Marty’s Memorial in Cantonment Area is dedicated to the soldiers who fought for India’s freedom. The oldest church in North India, St. John’s Church, the oldest mosque in North India, Jama Masjid, Devi Temple and the Jain Temples are some of the religious stopovers here. Gandhi Bagh, in the central part of the city, has musical fountain shows in evenings in a serene and picturesque environment. Steeped in history, the city of Meerut retains the glory of ancient empires and bygone days.
Best Time to Visit Meerut
The best time to visit Meerut is from November to February. It's winter during this time, with an average daytime temperature ranging from 29°C to 9°C. Although the days are quite bright, the nights can get chilly with the temperature falling below 10°C. Woollen wear is needed for this season. The Nauchandi Festival, organized for 15 days after the Holi festival, is a traditional festival dedicated to Hindu goddess Chandi, celebrated in this season. Over the course of time, the festival has changed faces, from a cattle trading fair to praise goddess Chandi and celebration of the birth of Mandodari, wife of the Hindu demon Raavan. Over the years, the fair has become the source of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims.
Weather Of Meerut
Meerut experiences a humid subtropical climate associated with very hot summers and mildly cold winters. The summer season is from April to June, with temperatures soaring as high as 49°C. The monsoon season is prevalent from the end of June to September with an average rainfall sufficient for growth of crops in the region. The monsoon provides respite from the scorching temperatures of summer, but the humidity level is very high. Winters, from November to February, are mild here as compared to neighbouring cities and hence it is a good time to travel to Meerut in winter.
How to Reach Meerut?
By Air : Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi is the airport nearest to Meerut. It is located at a distance of 89 km from the city.
By Rail : Trains are the best and safest means to reach Meerut, due to a large number of trains available. Meerut is a part of the Northern Zone of the Indian Railway and there are 4 main railway stations here, namely Meerut city, Meerut Cantt, Pabli Khas, Partapu. Meerut City is the busiest station of all these. There are trains to all major cities of India, of which there are 27 trains that connect Delhi and Meerut. People working in Delhi ply daily between the two cities by these trains. There are daily trains for Lucknow, Haridwar, Ambala, Saharanpur and Mumbai. Weekly trains are available from Kochuveli, Madhurai, Indore, Ujjain and Valsad.
By Road : Meerut is located near Delhi in NCR (National Capital Region). The Delhi- Meerut route has multiple options for commuting throughout the day. Bus services from ISBT (Inter State Bus Transport) stop of Kashmiri Gate, in Anand Vihar is available for Meerut. The distance between the two cities is 70 km and it is a 2.5 hours’ journey. From these stops, A/C and non-A/C buses are available multiple times in a day for Meerut.