Mustafa Castle

Mustafa Castle

The Mustafa Castle, one of the historic and grand landmarks in the city of Meerut was built in the memory of Nawab Mustafa Khan Shaifta, a renowned poet and critic of his era, by his son, Nawab Mohammad Ishak Khan in 1900. The castle is popularly recognised for its distinguished architecture and its historical importance.


During the independence struggle of India, the castle was transformed into a haven for political proceedings and bore some of the most significant events in the history of India. Choices of the finest wooden furniture, paintings and various arts and artefacts from all over the world remarkably mark the grandeur of Mustafa Castle.  

Several chambers in the castle are named after the colours such as Basanti, Gulabi and so forth distinctly used in summers and winters with relevant colour schemes. Mustafa Castle is one of the popular and must-visit places if you are in the city of Meerut, especially if you are a history buff.

Historical Significance

The construction of Mustafa Castle began in 1896/1897 and was completed in 1900. Nawab Mohammad Ishak Khan built it in the honourable memory of his father, Nawab Mustafa Khan Shaifta who was one of the most distinguished notables of his time of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and a great poet and critic. The history dates back to the year 1857 in which the British succeeded in regaining control of Delhi from the Mughals. Nawab Mustafa Khan, whose mother was a Mughal, was accused of supporting the uprising which emanated from Meerut during that time. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and was confined of the Military Jail of Meerut Cantonment which later happened to be the centre area of the Mustafa Castle.

Nawab Mohammad Ishak Khan purchased that area along with the adjoining land which in total was of 30 acres. Nawab Ishak Khan designed the building himself with the help of assassinates who had considerable experience in building barracks of the British Army. The cell in which Nawab Mustafa Khan was imprisoned is still retained in its original shape, and the castle offers facilities akin to those of British Bungalows of those times along with unique architecture. Years later, after the death of Nawab Mohammad Ishak Khan, his son Nawab Mohammad Ismail Khan who was a highly accomplished politician markedly transformed the castle into a hub of political activity where many political proceedings took place in the years of the Independence struggle of India.

Architecture of Mustafa Castle

Nawab Ishak Khan left no stone unturned in his efforts for building and glorifying the Mustafa Castle. He mixed various styles of architecture in building the castle and imported arts and artefacts from London to display them with pride. The castle shares prominent features with the buildings of Rajasthan and Oudh and is said to have used clay from Mecca in the construction procedure.

The castle has proudly preserved some of the rare artefacts of that time such as pendulum clocks, ornately designed lamps, antique chandeliers, carved wooden cabinets and various historic portraits. Some of the chambers in the castle are named by the colours- Basanti, Gulabi and so on, beautifying the majesty of the castle. The castle has many antique items each of which reminds of the luxurious lifestyle of the Nawabs. The Mustafa Castle continues to one of the finest examples of the amalgamation of different architectures of all times.

How to Reach Mustafa Castle

The Mustafa Castle is located in Meerut Cantonment on West End Road in the city of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. The castle is at a  distance of 2.5 kilometres from the main city of Meerut and is easily accessible by any of the road routes. It is approximately 4 kilometres away from the Meerut Railway Station and can be reached with ease by auto rickshaws or cabs. The distance between B.R. Ambedkar Meerut Airport and Mustafa Castle is nearly 14 kilometres. You can also visit the famous Jama Masjid which is very near to Mustafa Castle and make your trip to Meerut worth remembering.

Digambar Jain Temple

Digambar Jain Temple

For a fascinating insight into Jain culture and tradition, the Digambar Jain Temple in Meerut holds all the answers. Dating back thousands of years, this temple houses two important altars. The shrine of Tikal Wale Bala is believed to be generous – all wishes are said to be granted by this ancient deity.


The main idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath is seven feet tall and decked with beautiful silks. Five minor altars complete the Digambar Jain Temple, with tall spires as well. The temple complex was recently renovated, giving it a new and improved façade. The snake sculptures that adorn the top are noteworthy. The six-feet tall statue of Mahaveer is stunningly intricate.

Architecture of Digambar Jain Temple

The Digambar Jain Temple is one of the oldest temples of Meerut dating back to many thousands of years. Its most prominent architectural features are the seven altars and spires that are found within the temple’s courtyard. The most important altar, which is also the first is the ‘Tikal Wale Bala’ and is believed to have been built by the Gods in Heaven. The statue of the main deity Bhagwan Parshvanath, a green emerald structure is also found in this altar.

There are around 720 idols in a total of the 24 Teerthankaras found within the temple complex. In the sanctum of various altars are the exquisite idols of various deities. The idols of Mahaveer Swami and the 7 feet high idol of Parshvanath with 11 serpent hoods are some of the wonderfully sculpted idols of the temple. The Samavsharan Mandir is also a part of the temple complex.

The temple constructed in white stone attracts devotees in large numbers throughout the year.

Best Time to Visit

The temple is the center of religious prayers and rituals during the important Jain religious month of Chaitra (March-April). However, the best time to visit is during the birth anniversary of Lord Parshvanath in the month of Pushya that falls in December-January. The month of Shravana (July-August) is also auspicious due to the celebration of Parshvanath Nirvana.

For best climatic conditions visit Meerut between October-February when the temperatures are mild and do not cross 25 degrees. The weather is pleasant for exploring the city and its many other attractions.

How to Reach Digambar Jain Temple

Meerut in Uttar Pradesh is easily reachable via air, rail and road.

The Delhi Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 102km. Private cabs can be availed directly from the airport to Meerut.

Meerut has its railway station and is well-connected to various towns and cities of India. Meerut cantonment station lies on the Delhi-Dehradun railway line of the Northern Central Railways.

By road, Meerut is accessible from many northern cities, such as Delhi, Chandigarh (250km), Varanasi (725km), Kanpur (400km), Jhansi (432km) and Agra (270km). The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport is the leading public bus service provider for travel to Meerut, as well as to other cities within the state. Private cars can also be availed to reach Meerut as the city is well-connected through various national and state highways, such as NH 24, NH 58, NH 119 and NH 235.

Within Meerut public buses, auto rickshaws, taxis and tempos are the modes of commuting. Depending on your location, auto rickshaws, buses or private cabs can be availed to reach the Digambar Jain Temple.

Vidur Ka Tila

Vidur Ka Tila

If you want a slice of history, Vidura Ka Tila is the place to be in Meerut. Watch the epic of the Mahabharata play out as you visit Vidur Ka Tila; an archaeological site full of 50-60 feet tall mounds. The area is said to be the former abode of Vidura, the intellectual minister of the Kauravas.


The half-brother of Pandu and Dhritarashtra, Vidura is popular among the locals for his wit and sound advice. Located on the banks of the serene river Buriganga, this is an ideal picnic spot for your family. Sunset views from Vidur Ka Tila are stunning!

Bhole ki Jhaal

Bhole ki Jhaal

Bhole ki Jhaal is an important dam that is responsible for providing most of the electricity in the Meerut region. It is also commonly called Salawa ki Jhaal. The area around this dam is a popular picnic spot in the city frequented by both locals and tourists to take in the natural beauty and tranquillity.


Many consider it an ideal hangout spot as they get to relax without having to pay anything for entry. Some even choose to go for a swim. The waters don’t run very deep here so those who don’t know how to swim can also enjoy. Moreover, there is a Shiva temple in the dam’s vicinity.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bhole ki Jhaal is during sunrise or sunset. It also makes for a pleasant time to indulge in a picnic during these hours of the day.

How to Reach Bhole ki Jhaal

Bhole ki Jhaal is located at a distance of 14 km from the Meerut railway station. Once in the city, you can choose to catch a local bus or an auto rickshaw. Alternatively, you can also hire a private taxi.

St John’s Church Meerut

St John's Church Meerut

The Saint John’s Church of Meerut is one of the oldest churches in Northern India and also one of the biggest with 3000 people seating capacity. The church is built on a very traditional style and has lush greenery surrounded by it. The motto of the parish is Unity, Witness, and Service which is strictly followed there.


Built in 1819, the St John’s Church offers a spectacular look at the unique history of Meerut. From being a site of revolt to a confluence of religions, it is a landmark in Meerut for many reasons. It was constructed by the East India Company between 1819 and 1821 and comes under the diocese of Agra.

The tall columns and distinct architectural style make it a popular tourist destination in the city. Built in the cantonment area, the military remnants are apparent as well. The church compound also houses the St John’s Cemetery.

Architecture of St John's Church

This church has a typical English Anglican style and was built to suit the local conditions. There is a large open interior space which allows good air circulation and includes an upper seating area as well. Over the 200 years, there have been little changes to the church in terms of renovation but nothing major to affect the original style.

History of St John's Church

The St John’s Church came into existence when the British Army clergyman, Rev. Henry Fischer wanted to serve their military people privately. The wooden pews and kneelers, pretty stained glass window, marble Baptistery, and brass eagle lectern inside the church date back to nearly two centuries. It also comprises of a pipe organ which is nonfunctioning from that area.

Shaheed Smarak

Shaheed Smarak

Built in memory of the 1857 revolt, the Shaheed Smarak is one of the most seasoned and well-maintained places in Meerut. Located quite close to the Company Gardens, this memorial hosts events during important Indian national holidays.


The grounds of this marble pillar also houses the Government Freedom Struggle Museum which was set up in 1997. The Government Freedom Struggle Museums is a crucial preserve of documents and other essentials that are currently used for educational and informative needs. The museum also cites two galleries showcasing some artefacts and paintings of the time.

Shahid Smarak Museum

The museum is divided into five galleries out of which three are operational.

The first gallery comprises materials which depict the events leading to the war. Paintings of elusive Fakir who was actively involved in the war, soldiers refusing to use cartridges are on display.

The 2nd gallery has events which happened during the war and paintings of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Sati Choura Ghat, and Lucknow Bagh. There are also collectables such as gun cartridges and swords at the display.

The 3rd gallery contains inscriptions of the past including the ancient civilisation of Meerut, books about freedom struggle, and coins.

How to Reach

The museum is only 3.7 kilometres from the railway station. The nearest bus stand to the venue is Bhansali which only 200 meters away. You can also hire local taxis to go around the place.



Translating to ‘Draupadi’s Kitchen’, this monument is set on the banks of the Buriganga River in Meerut. Legend has it that Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, cooked meals here for the entire family. When the Pandavas stayed at Hastinapur in exile, Lord Krishna is believed to have visited them. When he asked for a meal, Draupadi had nothing to offer him. Krishna is said to have produced a miracle vessel which produced an unlimited supply of sumptuous food in Draupadi’s kitchen, and the site marks this incredible feat. Today this region is a favourite picnic spot, right next to Draupadi Ghat.


Draupadi ki Rasoi (Draupadi Kitchen), located on the banks of Burhganga is popular among tourists who visit Meerut. It is a thrilling place for people who love history and epic tales. This was a forgotten village in Uttar Pradesh until 1952, when the Archeological department found Draupadi-ki-Rasoi (Kitchen), Vidur-ka-Tilla (Vidura’s palace), and Draupadi Ghat. They unearthed copper utensils, ornaments made out of silver and gold, several oblong shaped ivory dice, and iron seals.

How to Reach Draupadi ki Rasoi

The best and convenient way to reach this place is by booking a taxi. But there are lots of buses and rails which are connected to this place. It is about 39 KMS from Meerut and takes about 40 to 45 minutes by car.



Hastinapur is an ancient town which was the centre to the glorious tales of the epic Mahabharata. Situated on the banks of Ganga near Meerut in UP, Hastinapur is also the birth place of three Jain Teerthankara, and it has become an important centre of pilgrimage for the Jains.


It was the capital of Kauravas and was ruled by the Pandavas after winning the Mahabharata. From that era to this, the city has come along a long way but it is still known as the town of Mahabharata. It is fascinating in its own way and as it has lived through ages, it has also kept the spirit of mythology alive. Being an important part of the epic, every nook and corner of the city has been a part of it in some way and thus the locals have fascinating stories to share.

Places To Visit In Hastinapur

  • Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Ashtapad
    Jambudweep Jain Tirth
  • Jambudweep Jain Tirth
    Bada Digambar Jain Mandir
  • Bada Digambar Jain Mandir
    Shastri Nagar
  • Shastri Nagar

Kailash Parvat Rachna

Kailash Parvat is a 131 feet high structure created and maintained by the Shri Digamber Jain Mandir in Hastinapur. The principal deity here is of Rishabhanatha, the first Tirthankara. It comprises various Jain Temples, Bhojanalyas and is a very popular place amongst those who are ardent believers of Jain principles and religion.

Suggested Itinerary for Hastinapur

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit the Digambar Jain Bada Temple.
Day 2- Spend the day at Kailash Parvat.



Shapir or Shahpeer Sahab ki Dargah is a mausoleum in Meerut constructed during Mughal Era by the queen, Noor Jahan. It was built in 1628 to honour a local Muslim Hazrat Shahpeer who is said to be the teacher of the Emperor Jahangir and physician/advisor to the queen.


The garden and adjacent pillars make Shapir a unique location in the city. The monument is built of stark red stones that present a catchy visage in the evening sky. There is a religious fair held here annually during the month of Ramadan, and a large number of people gather here for holding prayers on important days.

Shapir - History and Architecture

It is a belief that this structure came into plan within 24 hours of the death of Shahpeer. It is one of the oldest tombs (450 years) and has been around even before Taj Mahal was constructed.

Glistening red sandstone is used in the construction of the entire tomb with beautiful carvings of traditional motifs and floral designs. The structure is incomplete without a roof, but there are several arches and pillars near the main tomb which could have been in the original plan to close the structure. Irrespective of being an open to sky roof the rainwater does not reach the main tomb.

There are two different theories on why the structure is incomplete. One of them being that Jahangir left for the war in Kashmir where he breathed his last. And, another being Noor Jahan’s fall out with the saint thereby ordering the construction to stop.

The local ‘Raja Ji’ Jahagirdar built a gate for this structure in 1829. Currently, this is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and considered as the National Heritage Monument.

How to Reach Shapir

Shapir is located in Suraj Kund area which is the centre of Meerut and very easy to reach. It is 4 KMS away from the main railway junction and also has frequent buses, auto rickshaw, and taxi services.

Augharnath Temple

Augharnath Temple

The Augharnath Temple in Meerut, also known as the Kali Paltan Mandir, is the oldest Shiva temple in the city and also the most frequented. The Shiva Linga at this temple is believed to be a Swayambhu (self-manifested), making it a popular attraction among the devotees of Lord Shiva.


The temple’s historical significance stems out from the fact that it played an important role during the Freedom Struggle. Apart from the Shiva Linga, there are shrines for Radha Krishna and Goddess Durga at the temple. Being a predominantly Shiva Temple, the Augharnath Temple is flocked by hundreds of devotees on occasions like Mahashivratri and Purnima.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Augharnath Temple is during festivals like Mahashivratri, Diwali and Dusshera. The temple organises special pujas and offerings on such occasions. It gives the pilgrims an opportunity to seek blessings on an auspicious day and also to witness the temple in its utmost glory.

Kali Paltan Mandir

The Indian soldiers were referred to as the Kali Paltan or the Black Army during the British rule. This temple is situated very close to the Cantonment area in Meerut. Hence, it was popularly called the Kali Paltan Mandir during those times. The soldiers would carry out their secret meetings and other dealings at this temple. They would use the water from the temple well to quench their thirst.

During the war, the temple would be used to store the essentials. A war memorial was also built in the temple premises to honour the memory of those Indian soldiers who died during the First War of Indian Independence. The old temple was reconstructed in 1968. A hexagonal hall was added for auspicious occasions. A 4.5 kg gold-plated kalasha was also installed in 2001.

How to Reach Augharnath Temple

Once in Meerut, travellers can opt for the city bus services to reach the Augharnath Temple. Alternatively, there are auto rickshaws and private taxis as well.