Meerut is a metropolitan city in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. It is an ancient city located 70 km (43 mi) northeast of the national capital New Delhi, and 453 km (281 mi) northwest of the state capital, Lucknow. It is a part of the National Capital Region of India.
Meerut is famously associated with the Indian rebellion of 187 against the British east India Company. The famous slogan "Dilli Chalo" ("Let's march to Delhi!") was first raised here. Meerut cantonment is the place where the rebellion started when Hindu and Muslim soldiers were given rifle cartridges rumored to have a coating made of animal fat.
Meerut is one of the important industrial towns of western Uttar Pradesh. It is a rich agricultural area with such pockets of land that do not fit in for crop purpose. Being in the proximity of Delhi, it is ideal for industry. It is famous for handloom works and scissors industry from olden age. Meerut is home to 520 micro, small and medium scale industries. As of August 2006, Meerut has about 23,471 industrial units including 15,510 small scale units and 7,922 cottage industries.
Meerut has its own legendry and history. It has a mention in the great Indian epic Ramayana. It houses many tourist destinations and famous attractions to visit. Rich in culture and tradition, Meerut is a wonderful place to visit in Uttar Pradesh.