Tourist Destinations in and Around Meerut include:
Jain temples of Hastinapur – Jain traditions has notes of Hastinapur being one of the first cities in India like those of Kashi and Ayodhya, to have come up when Somaprabha, the grandson of Rishabhadeva, was ruling the place. Rishabhadeva was first among the thirthankaras and three others such as Kunthunath, Shantinatha and Arahanatha were also believed to be born here.
St John’s Church – The Church of St. John was formed by Henry Fisher who was the Chaplin Reverend in 1819 as per the directions of East India Company and got completed in 1822. It was located in the area of the cantonment and believed to be among the North India’s oldest churches. Officially the church was opened to the public by Bishop Wilson, where about 10,000 people could attend. This same church was the site where british forces and Indian army found heavily during 1857 war.
Augarnath temple – also known as Kalipaltan Mandir, the location is at the place where soldiers taking part in 1857 were doing their planning. Inside the temple is a memorial which was constructed to honour the soldiers who died during the 1857 revolt. In the modern days, the temple of the old times has been replaced by a new building.
Jama masjid – the Wazir of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, Hasan Mahdi constructed the Jama Masjid at the time of 1019 AD, which has also the distinction of being the first Masjid in the North India. This mosque, which was among the oldest in the country, was restored by humayun.
Martyr’s Memorial – 30 mts high marble pillar memorial is located in Bhainsali. It is the place where the different functions are held around the memorial in any national occasion. Inside the complex of the memorial, there is the museum of the First Freedom Struggle, which commemorates the first Indian independence war.
Gandhi Bagh Entrance:
Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, Sardhana
Gandhi Bagh – the environment in the garden which is located centrally in meerut is having a serene and quaintness. Another name for this garden is Company Garden, which was present before the time of independence, but got converted into the present name later on. Every evening, there is a fountain show with music. As can be seen from any picture of the garden, there were many entrances into the garden, and entry fee was not levied. But presently, there is only a single entrance gate, and there is a system for tickets at nominal amounts which has been started.
Shahpeer’s Mausoleum – in honor of Hazrat Shahpeer, who was a local muslim, empress Nur Jahan ordered the building of a mausoleum in the mughal style in 1620. This mausoleum was build of red stone but construction interrupted midway, which is also seen to this date as incomplete. Beautiful nakashi work has been done on the tomb, without any roof found over the main tomb. It is believed that Shahpeer came to teach jehangir the mughal emperor. Archeological Survey of India has the tomb listed among the monuments of national heritage. Local jagirdar “Raja Ji” constructed a gate in the mausoleum in 1829.
Shahi Eid Gaah – The Delhi Sultanate’s eighth sultan, and Iltumish’s youngest son, Nasir ud din Mahmud built the Shahi Eid Gaah, which is now about 600 years old with praying capacity by more than one lakh people. Nakashi done on the eidgah walls showcases the era of Sulatani Gulam.
Parikshitgarh – The place of Parikshitgarh is related to King Parikshit who ruled Hastinapur and was Arjuna’s grandson, the name of which is also derived from him after he first built it and later Gurjar King Nain Singh made restoration in the 18th century.
Dargah of Baley Miyan – Qutb-ud-din Aibak built the dargah in 1194 in honor of Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud who also known as Baley Miyan in the local area. during the annual Nauchandi fair, an Urs in the dargah is organized.
There are many more places of interest which are included under the tourism in meerut and they include Mansa Devi Temples, Suraj Kung, Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, Baleni, Chandi Devi Temple, which Holkar Queen, Devi Ahiliyabai Holkar had built, Saradhana and the Gayatri Shakti peeth near kalyan nagar Garh Road.