Meerut is situated on the banks of River Ganges and River Yamuna. Its strategic location makes it conducive for the overall growth of the region. Adding to its distinct topography is the number of Ghats that are located within the stone’s throw away distance from the main town of Meerut. Most of the Ghats that are located here are within the radius of 50 kilometers from main town. Some of the popular ghats here are located at a distance within a radius of 60 kilometers from Meerut such as the Garhmukhteshwar Ghat, Brij Ghat, Draupadi Ghats etc. Besides offering a great picturesque view and a verdant setting, these ghats are also popular for the number of temples, the origin of some that date back to the early times of Mahabharata.
Garhmukhteshwar Ghat is situated 37
kilometers from Meerut on the NH-24 in district Hapur. This place is
dotted with a number of places of historical and religious importance.
Some of the places of interest here are the famous Mukhteshwar Mahadev
Temple, Sati Temple, ancient Ganga Temple etc. The mosque Gays-ud-din
Balban was believed to have been built in the latter half of 13th
Century. The ancient fort located here was built by the Pandavas, which
was later reinstated by the Marathas. Besides offering a scenic beauty
all along the way, Garhmukhteshwar Ghat can well be regarded as the
closest town to River Ganga as it is situated only 5 kilometers from the
river. It is a popular picnic destination for the people here in Meerut.
Draupdi Ghat is located at a distance of 27 kilometers and ont he banks of River Burhi Ganga. It is believed to be the place where Draupadi used to bathe. In present day, people flock during the festival time for the bathing ritual that takes place.
Anoopshahar Ganga Ghat
This place is located about 84 kilometers from Meerut located in the district of Bulandshahr and is popularly known as mini Kashi. It is a popular picnic spot for people here owing to its beautiful setting and one can find a number of temples and Dharmasalas dating back to the distant past. This place is also popular for its deep rooted history and was a cantonment area during the British period.
The Raj Ghat
This place is popular among the locals here for the “Ganga Snan” that takes place during the nights of purnima and amavas. The stretch of the River Ganga along this Ghats is a great getaway for the people here as it offers many recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Fairs and melas are also held during the season of Navaratri.
Karanwas Ganga Ghat
The importance of this place dates back to the time of the Mahabharatha. Owing to its location across the banks of River Ganga, this place is popular for the Ganga Snan that takes place annually. This ghat is located in the Bulandshahr district and is located near Narora about 100 kilometers from Meerut.