Meerut is located close to the national capital New Delhi on the banks of rivers Ganga and Yamuna. The origin of the city can be traced back to the ancient times, which are evident from the number of historical places that are present near Meerut. The development in the recent years has seen the coming up of national parks, gardens and amusement parks which are great for picnics and weekend breaks. To name a few are the Sardhana, Garhmukhteshwar-Brij Ghat, Hastinapur, etc. What makes these places popular as picnic spots are the evergreen environment, glory of the diverse rich fauna and flora, temples and religious places that are in plenty, ample amusement opportunities, etc.
The capital city of New Delhi is located 69 kilometers from Meerut, offering a wide choice of places of distinct architecture belonging to different periods of time. Some of the popular attractions of Delhi include the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Akshardham temple, Lotus temple, the Jantar Mantar etc. Having stood the test of time, Delhi is a choice for many a travelers, tourists and seekers of a great getaway option.
Located 37 kilometers from the city of Meerut, this place is a popular weekend getaway for people here owing to its rich vegetation and cool climate. It is the closest dwelling place to where the Ganga flows and is marked by a number of temples, gurudwaras and other places of historical origin. Some of the places of interest here are the Brij Ghat, the temples namely the ancient Ganga Temple, Kali Temple, Hanuman Temple, etc. The Brij Ghat is located along the Ganges and is popular for the "Ganga Snan" that takes place on the occasion of Karthik Purnima day.
Hastinapur is located 37 kilometers from Meerut and lies between the
districts of Meerut and Bijnor. A number of relics belonging to the times of Mahabharata and Ashokan era can be found here; which at one time was the capital of Pandavas. Some of the temples that are present here that bear a mark of those ancient times are ancient Pandaveshwar Mahadev Temple, Vidur Kutir,
Karna Temple, Durga Devi temple, etc. In the present
times, Hastinapur houses a some of the popular Jain Temples of fine architecture; distinct in style and encompassing all the elements of the religion. The Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, developed in 1996 houses diverse flora and fauna and one can spot some of the rare species of animals and migratory birds here.
Bulandshahr is located 68 kilometers from Meerut and offers a number of places and sites as picnic spots. A number of sites here promote rural tourism such as the Uchangaon Fort, Jehangirabad, etc., besides a having several temples of ancient era. The Ganges flows along this district, and attracts tourists from all over. Ganges Dolphins and crocodiles are also the highlight of this stretch where the river flows. The place is also popular for the couple of ghats that are located here such as the Ahar Ghat, Anupshahr ghat etc., which offer a peaceful getaway for the people of Meerut and its surrounding areas.
Okhla Bird Sanctuary
The Okhla Bird Sanctuary located in Noida houses some of the rarest species of birds and is a popular site to watch some of the rare migratory birds which come here during the peak seasons of September and October. Spread over 4 lakh square ft., this place leads down to Ramsar wetlands where one can spot flocks of flamingos here.
Ghats near Meerut
A number of ghats adorn the stretch between Meerut and other neighbouring cities and towns. Popular ones that need a mention here are the Brij Ghat, Anupshahr Ghat, Draupadi Ghat, Shaitaan ghat, etc. Better known as the place where the Ganges flows, these ghats are popular for the holy bathe during the festive season and offer pleasant atmosphere in a verdant setting along the misty roads that follow. These ghats have a number of temples and ancient architecture and are great as pilgrim places too.