Often referred to as U.P, Uttar Pradesh is a popular state located in the northern part of India. The literal meaning of Uttar Pradesh is ‘Northern Province’. The charm of Uttar Pradesh lies in the interwoven beauty of nature, culture, spiritual and historical places as well. This state is often referred to as the heart of North India..
From 1526 to 1658, Agra was the stronghold of the Mughal emperors with several spectacular buildings such as Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. The Indo-Islamic patterns of decorations and constructions enthrall tourists from all across the globe.
Agra houses 2 UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Sites along with several Mughal era monuments and well manicured gardens.
Also check out our post on world heritage sites in and around Delhi if you are interested in a heritage tour near the Indian capital.
Agra is a part of the famed golden triangle tour circuit of India comprising of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Lucknow - Be witness to Nawabi Culture
|Bara Imambara Lucknow - Experience the nawabi culture and heritage|
Besides architectural legacy, the city also showcases the interwoven charm of modernity with parks and old monuments. Some popular tourist attractions in Lucknow include Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow Museum, Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara.
Varanasi - The City of Spiritual Belief
|The Ganga Ghats in Varanasi|
Sarnath - Famous for Buddhist Ruins
Kushinagar - Place of Buddha’s passing away
Located near Gorakhpur in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, Kushinagar is where the last memories of Lord Buddha are found. He fell ill and passed away in Kushinagar. His mortal remains were conserved in 8 commemorative Chorten, and then further distributed by King Ashoka.
Ayodhya - The birthplace of Lord Ram
Ayodhya is well-known for being the birthplace of Lord Ram. It is one of the most important pilgrimages situated in the North India. As per Hindu epic Ramayana, Ayodhya holds a special place in the hearts of Hindu pilgrims. The city of Ayodhya is replete with temples and museums. The museums showcase antiques such as pottery and coins etc.
Jhansi- Association with Independence Struggle
Vrindavan - The Playful Times of Lord Krishna
A small town in the district of Mathura, Vrindavan is believed to have been the region where Lord Krishna appeared as a cowherd boy and spent his childhood days. The town has about 5000 temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna. This sacred place is very dear to the Vaishnavas and staunch worshippers of Lord Krishna.
Dudhwa National Park - Well-Known Tiger Reserve
Spread over an area of 490 square kilometers, Dudhwa National Park is located in the terai belt of Uttar Pradesh. Established in 1958, declared wildlife sanctuary in 1977 and adopted as Project Tiger in 1988, this park is of moist deciduous nature.
These highly dense forests have a large number of species such as Sal, Asna, Jamun, Sehore and Shisham. Many wildlife species can be found here such as Swamp Deer, Nilgai, Tiger, Jackal and much more.
Fatehpur Sikri - The Ghost Town of Mughals
|Buland Darwaza, the 54 mt. high entrance to Fatehpur Sikri complex|
It beckons people looking for future glimpses into the history of the famed Mughal dynasty. Some of the famous structures in Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaza, Horse Shoe Gate, Jama Masjid and Fatehabad.
Allahabad- The City of God
|Khusro Bagh - Historic garden built by Mughal king|
The two sacred rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna, pass through Allahabad which stands as a venue for many sacred fairs and rituals. Some popular places to visit include Anand Bhawan, Allahabad Fort, Minto Bagh, Khusro Bagh and Allahabad Museum.
Mathura - The birth place of Lord Krishna
The city is also commonly referred to as Braj Bhoomi. Home to Lord Krishna, it accommodates a large number of temples dedicated to him.
Gorakhpur - Namesake of Saint Gorakhnath
|Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur|
Shravasti - The Ancient Capital of Kosala Kingdom
|Anathapindika's Stupa in Shravasti|
Piprahwa - Where Siddhartha Gautama’s Ashes are preserved
The aforementioned towns of Uttar Pradesh have its own glory and charm which enthralls tourists coming from different parts of the globe.
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