Meerut is one of the most important town in the Northern part of India. The town, situated in Western Uttar Pradesh has got a long history behind it. The city was the part of Hastinapur Empire of Kaurvas that ruled the Vedic India and was the protagonists of Hindu Epic of Mahabharata.
Meerut is the fastest developing city of Uttar Pradesh after Noida and Ghaziabad. Meerut ranks 4th in terms of population in Uttar Pradesh. It is an ancient city located 56 km (35 mi) north-east of New Delhi. Meerut also has one of the biggest army garrisons / cantonments in this part of the country. It is famous for its scissors, sports goods and Gazak. Meerut is also the sports capital of India and with the availability of 3500 hectares of industrial land and proximity of Delhi it is developing as the industrial hub.
Meerut is a metropolitan city, and it is the biggest city in NCR after Delhi. The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International airport which is about 80 km away. By road, Meerut is well-connected to Delhi, NOIDA, Hapur, Faridabad, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur, Haridwar, etc. A large number of people commute to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon every day for work. Two national highways (NH-58, NH-119) pass through Meerut. An expressway from Delhi to Meerut is under development.
There are 2 main Bus Terminals Bhainsali Bus Terminal and Shorab Gate Bus Terminal from where Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) Buses serve cities all over the state. Meerut has two Railway Stations Meerut City and Meerut Cantt. The city is well connected to Delhi Ghaziabad, Agra, Dehradun and others.
Hotel Cab, Private Taxi, City Buses, Auto Rickshaw and Rickshaw are the convenient option to commute within the city. The Metro Rail Project has been passed and it will be running very soon in the city of Meerut. Many new projects have already been passed like INNER RING ROAD, OUTER RING ROAD and construction of new flyovers. An airport (BHIM RAO AMBEDKAR DOMESTIC AIRPORT) is also under construction and is expected to be completed by 2015.
Meerut, with its imminent history and luxuriant picturesque backdrop has a well-developed tourism sector. The notable tourist destinations include: