Meerut, the district headquarters of Meerut District, is situated at the confluence of Ganges and Yamuna. This city was one of the 16 major towns during the time of Ashoka. Meerut has different derivations in name such as Merat and Mirath. It is 70 km north-east of Delhi.
At present, Meerut is a famous center for cotton trade and agricultural products. It is the headquarters of the 7th division of the northern army and is one of the largest cantonments in India. A 12th-century mausoleum and a number of old temples and mosques are the main attractions.
Nearby tourist spots are Kali PaltanBhagvann Shiva Temple, Appu Ghar (Amusement Park), and Modinagar, a sprawling Industrial township establish by the Modi industrial group. The main festival of Meerut is Nauchandi Mela, which is held from second Sunday after the Holi festival.