Sitting in the state of Uttar Pradesh about 70 km (43.5 miles) northeast of New Delhi, Meerut is a lovely, attractive ancient city boasting endless possibilities. Its beautiful streets are lined with buildings that date back to the Indus Valley era. It houses a myriad of mind-blowing and blood-twisting attractions such as Fantasy World Water Park, Gandhi Park, and Ayurvedic shake. It features plenty of amazing accommodations as well, including hotels and Oyo rooms. For these reasons, the city is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Vacationers and tourists from all over the world come here to have fun. If you’re curious about the things Meerut is famous for, we’ve listed down some of these below to give you an idea of what to check out when you visit. Keep reading to find out more.
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Scissors are an important tool in tailoring and designing and Meerut is a popular place for manufacturing scissors. For more than 30 years, Yazdan Scissors have been recycling waste material to produce quality scissors. Everybody requires scissors for one purpose or another and therefore, it would be nice to enjoy a brief tour of this facility. You will learn new ways to conserve the environment while at the same time, learn how scissors are made. What’s interesting about these scissors is that they can be repaired and reused several times. You may even buy yourself a souvenir before you leave.
2. Sports capital of India
Meerut may not be a city of many sportspersons or sports activities, but it is definitely one of the largest producers of sportswear and gear in India, hence it came to be known as the Sports Capital of India. Mostly, the city is popular for the production of cricket goods. It’s no wonder India has been producing some of the best cricket players in the world. This makes the city a popular destination for other manufacturers and merchandisers from all over the world. And if you love sports, you should make a point of touring one of the manufacturers before your vacation is over.
Are you bored staying in the house and don’t know what to do to make your day fun? Take your family for window shopping and sightseeing the beautiful, vibrant streets of Meerut. This will give you an opportunity to experience the romantic vibe of the place and learn a thing or two about the local culture as you interact with the natives. But most importantly, you’ll be able to sample a variety of mouthwatering Indian snacks like gajak. This is a sweet local dessert that will leave your taste glands tingling. It is prepared using either sesame seeds or peanuts and jaggery.
Tip from Trip101 local expert
Although gajak and rewri are winter treats, they are available throughout the year in the various sweet shops of Meerut. Ram Chandra Sahai is a famous confectionery in the city offering several mouth-watering versions of gajak. You can opt between jaggery and sugar gajak. This shop is a must-visit when traveling to Meerut.
4. Musical instruments
Do you love music or are you a player of musical instruments? While enjoying your vacation in Meerut, one of the things that should be on top of your to-do list is checking out the musical instruments. This lovely city is one of the largest manufacturers of musical instruments in the world. That’s why it is also a popular vacation destination for many musicians and artists. Instruments like saxophones, violins, flutes, and tablas, as well as electric guitars, pianos, Veena, drums, and many others, everything is just high-quality.
5. Indian Rebellion of 1857
Are you a lover of history and facts? Then, in Meerut, there’s something intriguing for you to discover. Travel back to the mid-19th century when some significant political events took place in the country. From around May 1857 to about Nov 1858, the locals had grown tired of British rule and were involved in an uprising against the British East India Company, a colonial organization. Known as Indian Mutiny or Sepoy Mutiny, this was the first war of independence in India which proved to be futile. This important chapter of history was started in Meerut by Indian troops who served the British company.
6. Handloom works
Explore the beautiful craft of weaving and tapestry that has put Meerut in the eyes of the world. This city is blessed with a plethora of industries, handloom being a major one. From the production of eye-catching handloom saris to fabrics and other textile products, the locals have really mastered this craft. From dealers, traders, and distributors, to sellers and suppliers, the city also supplies handloom products to other parts of the country. Each street you walk, you’ll either meet someone wearing a handloom sari or a boutique selling different handloom products.
7. Nauchandi Mela
Nauchandi Mela is an annual festival that takes place on Nauchandi Ground in Meerut. Tourists from all corners of the earth trickle down here, especially on the second Sunday after the Holi festival, to have fun, mingle, and learn the local culture. This festival is highlighted by a myriad of stands displaying handicrafts, jewellery, textiles, and furniture. You will also get the chance to indulge your taste buds with a variety of finger-licking delicacies prepared locally. A variety of drinks are also in plenty to help quench your thirst.
Tip from Trip101 local expert
Instead of riding the giant Ferris wheel here, try checking out the book stalls selling rare and unique books. Another thing to check out here is the amazing discounts offered by electronic goods sellers, such as light bulbs and flashlights. The food available at the Nauchandi Mela comprises of chaat, Chinese, and Indian fares.
8. Western Uttar Pradesh - an education hub
One of the reasons that the state of Uttar Pradesh has been so successful economic wise is because of the emphasis it puts on learning. This region, especially western Uttar Pradesh, has a wealthy history of education that can be traced back to the Vedic period. It is worth noting that languages such as Arabic, Persian, and Sanskrit can trace their roots back to this region. Even before the British invaded the country, this state was still an education hub.
9. Gold and silver jewellery
From the manufacturing of sports merchandise and scissors to creating handloom crafts and musical instruments, the city of Meerut is famous for a number of things. What’s makes it even more charming and attractive, is its high affinity for gold and silver. From bangles, earrings, and necklaces to souvenirs of bars and coins, you will find a plethora of artefacts made from these glittery materials. You should make a point of surprising your loved ones with some silver and gold ornaments.
10. The Meerut Garrison
While still enjoying your vacation in Meerut, travel back in time to the 19th century when there were several political events happening in this part of India. The early political interaction between the British and the locals had established Meerut as one of the largest and most significant military bases in the country. It was around the mid-19th century that saw three local Regiments and three British Regiments form what came to be known as the Meerut Garrison. With the help of the East India Company, the Garrison was able to carry out its operations successfully.
Meerut's beautiful culture
From the production of cricket accessories, scissors, and musical instruments to selling of gold and silver merchandise and holding vibrant annual events, Meerut has a lot to offer adventure lovers and fun-seekers, including the best places to visit and some fascinating things to do. It’s also a place that will blow your mind with its rich history and beautiful culture.
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