Situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh near Meerut, on the banks of the river Ganga, Hastinapur traces its roots to the times of Mahabharata and according to the epic, it was the capital of the Kauravas. Legend has it that the Great War of Mahabharata was fought between the Panadavas and Kauravas. The Panadavas won the battle and ruled Hastinapur for the next 36 years till the beginning of the Kalyug Age.
Many astrological natural, geographical, physical, inscriptional and scriptural evidences have been found that support the validity of the above belief. The Archaeological Survey of India has been carrying out excavations in many parts of this town and has unearthed several temples and other ancient monuments.
Hastinapur is also sacred to the Jain community. Of the 24 Jain Tirthankars, the 16th, 17th and 18th were born here. The town also attracts a fair share of Jain pilgrims every year.
As said, Hastinapur is revered both by the Hindus and Jain community. There are several places of interest including Old Pandeshwar Temple, Karan Temple, and Lotus Temple. The Jain community finds representation in the Digambar Jain Bada Mandir, Jain Jambudweep Mandir and Shri Shwetambar Jain Temple. Other places of interest include Kailash Parvat, Ashtapad, and Hastinapur Sanctuary, which was founded in 1986.
Travellers planning a trip to Hastinapur can reach the destination via air, rail and road.
The best time to visit Hastinapur is from October to March. The rest of the months are hot and dry. However, being an important pilgrimage town, Hastinapur attracts visitors the year round.