The City of Elephants
Falling under the Meerut district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, standing at an elevation of 2720 meters, there lies one of the most beautiful cities, called Hastinapur. It is situated at about 123 km away from the capital of India, Delhi. In the Jain scripts, this city has been described as the capital of the kingdom Kuru, during the time of the Mahabharata. After defeating Kauravas, Pandavas ruled the city for over 36 years until the beginning of Kaliyug. In Sanskrit word, “Hastina” means elephant and “Puram” means a city; which together adds up to become ‘the city of elephants’. But formally the city was named after the King Hasti as described in ancient texts. The city is located on the right bank of the old bed of river Ganga. There are many archaeological, scriptural, and inscriptional evidence which supports the existence of many mythological leaders that makes it a ‘land with wisdom’. You can find many ancient temples constructed by the great kings who ruled the city. It is also a sacred place for the Jain community and shares a fair share of Jain pilgrims. The city is revered by both the Hindus and Jain community. One can find many famous and historical places around and within the city to explore and gain a lot of information about the history of our country.
Since the city has a strong mythological background, people around the place are very religious. The city is quite developed as it is situated in Meerut due to which people are civilized and humble. Many great leaders were born in this place, such as Panch Pyare Bhai Dharam Singh who is one of the five disciples of Guru Govind Singh. Hastinapur is also a holy place for Sikh devotees. The famous temple of Shri Digamber Jain is the oldest temple which attracts many people throughout the year. The temple was built in the year of 1801, by Raja Harsukh Rai who was the imperial treasurer of Emperor Shah Alam. Hastiapur is also the birthplace of the 16th, 17th and 18th Tirthankaras of Jain community. All the historical places and monuments are kept clean and neat by locals, which keeps the environment healthy for the tourists.
Top things do in Hastinapur
How to reach
As Hastinapur is a quite developed city, travelling around the place is not much of a difficult job for the tourists. The city is not directly connected with railways and air routes but it is well connected with the roads and national highways.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is Delhi International Airport. All international and domestic flights are available at the airport. You can take a taxi easily from there, to reach Hastinapur.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railways station is at Meerut which is 40 kilometres away from Hastinapur. The railway station receives trains from all direction.
How to Reach by Bus
The bus facility is the most frequently used mode of transport by tourists to reach Hastinapur. Both AC and Non AC bus services are made available by the government as well as private companies.
How to Reach by Road
The city is well connected to the National Highway so one can reach Hastinapur easily by their own comfort.
How to travel within
Local buses are available to travel within the city. Cabs and taxes are also available on demand.
The cuisine of the place is like the people around it, simple, sober and subtle. Most of the restaurants are vegetarian since it is a pilgrimage destination for the Jain community. Vegetarian food is easily available in any region of Hastinapur. The taste of the food has a typical north Indian touch. Most of the food joints serve food similar to what we cook at our home, making it chemical and adulteration free. You can find delicious vegetarian dishes at many hotels and restaurants. You can also find many local dishes as well such as Bedai and Aalu Sabji, Khasta moong Daal Kachori, Aloo /Methi/Palak/Onion/Paneer/Gobi/Mooli Paranthas, etc. Some of the famous places to eat are:
- Rishabh Jain Marwari Bhojnalaya
- Kamal Jain Restaurants
- SJ fast food restaurant
- Ganeshpur Chopla
Day 1: Start your journey early in the morning from Delhi. Rent a car for three days and head towards Hastinapur. The route will be of two and a half hour. You can expect to reach the place by noon. Take rest and then visit Shastri Nagar for shopping. Have a wonderful evening over there. Head back to the hotel by the end of the evening, have your dinner and a good night sleep.
Day 2: Wake up early in the morning and have a heavy breakfast to charge you up for the day. Visit Ashtapad in the morning, and then in noon visit Bada Digambar Jain Mandir. In the evening visit Jambudweep Jain Tirth while heading back to the hotel, to settle for the night.
Day 3: Getting up early in the morning and after gearing up with power breakfast head towards the wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy the day over there and then later hit the road to come back to Delhi. You can reach Delhi by midnight if you start your journey back from Hastinapur in the evening.