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Garhmukteshwar

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Located on the banks of the Ganga, 70 km from Ghaziabad and 130 km from Delhi, is the holy city of Garhmukteshwar. Highly revered by Hindu pilgrims, the city of Garhmukteshwar receives throngs of devotees who come for a holy dip in the river Ganga. The pilgrims crowd the town in large numbers specially during the bathing fair which occurs on a full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik. At this time Garhmukteshwar becomes a mini Benaras.

Garhmukteshwar has been mentioned in the Mahabharata and Bhagwat Gita and is believed to have been an ancient city of Hastinapur which was the capital city of Kauravas.Earlier the town was called "Gan-Mukteshwar" - "Gan" meaning ‘followers’ and "Mukteshwar" meaning ‘place of deliverance’. It has also been called "Khandvi Van" and "Shiva Vallabhpur".

Garhmukteshwar has as its attractions an ancient Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, which derived its name from the town and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Ganga Temple which originally had 101 steps, now has only 85 steps leading to the idol of Ma Ganga.

There was believed to have been an ancient fort here in Garhmukteshwar built by the Pandavas and later repaired  by Mir Bhawan, a Maratha General during the Anglo-Maratha war. Later during British times it was used as a district administration office. Today hardly even the forts ruins remain.

Many devotees come to Garhmukteshwar, which is a weekend destination for Delhites, to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganga. The ghats at Garmukteshwar are cleaner and far less crowded in comparison to other places. Its upstream flow contributes significantly to the cleanliness of the gentle but fast flowing waters.

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[ Edit ] History

Garmukteshwar’s history dates back to the epic legend, Mahabharata when it was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Hastinapur and was a major commercial centre.

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Uttar Pradesh, India

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Garhmukteshwar is 130km east of Delhi, in Ghaziabad district.

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The best time / season to visit Garhmukteshwar is between the months of October to March - during the cooler months (post monsoon and before the onset of the summer heat.

However, Garhmukteshwar is always an easy year round Weekend Getaway From Delhi given its proximity to the city.

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The STD code of Garhmukteshwar is: 05731

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Ganga Temple

The ancient Ganga temple used to have 101 steps leading down to the river. 85 of those steps are still intact today. The temple houses an idol of Ma Ganga and has a white stone idol of Lord Brahma.

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Meerabai ki Reti

Opposite the Mukteshwar temple is a sandy stretch of land called Meerabai ki Reti. Meerabai stayed here and offered prayers and also had a temple built nearby.

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Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple

This ancient Shiva Temple is said to be built by King Shivi. Garhmukteshwar is said to have derived its name from this temple. The Shiva lingam at the temple is believed to have been established by sage Parshuram. <...More>>>

Nahush Koop (Nakka Kuan)

After gaining salvation King Nahush performed a Yajna and constructed a well in the premises of Mukteshwar Mahadev temple. This well is called Nahush Koop and the water in this well comes from the Ganges.

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