Uttar Pradesh Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

Uttar Pradesh offers its visitors dozen of pilgrim centers of different faiths, holy Ganges at Varanasi, deep history, beautiful buildings, great relaxation, culture or the awesome, exquisite beauty of the Taj.

It is one of the most fascinating and dominating state of India. It shares its boundaries with five other states in India and two countries, Tibet and Nepal. Most parts of Uttar Pradesh are covered by Ganges plain, and the Ganges river is the most sacred river of the Hindus. Uttar Pradesh is dominated by Hindu religion, although it has quite a few places of major importance to Buddhists. It is believed that Brahmarishi Desa, which find their mention in vedic age literature is the present day Uttar Pradesh. Two great epics of Hindus, Ramayanas and Mahabharat are based on the events in these areas. Uttar Pradesh was associated with two new religions Buddhism and Jainism in the sixth century B.C. It was part of Ashoka’s Buddhist Empire. Muslims ruled this area in the 11th century for sometime. After the Mugal Empire‚Äôs decline, British Administration took control of this region. The British combined Agra and oudh, which had rise to prominence due to Nawab’s of Oudh, and made one Provinces – United Province of Agra and oudh. It later become as simply “United Provinces’ in 1935. In 1950, after independence, it was renamed as Uttar Pradesh.

When to visit: October to March

Airports: Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Dehra Dun, Saharanpur, Jhansi, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Naini Tal, Rae Bareilly

Places of Interest

Agra: The Mugal City of the Taj, one of the wonders of the world, Fort, Handicrafts.

Sikandra: Akbar’s Mausoleum.

Aligarh: Muslim University, Mosque, Lock manufacture.

Allahabad: Where the Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati meet at the Sacred Sangam, Kumbh Mela here is India biggest fair and festival held once in 12 years, Forts, Temples, Planetarium.

Ayodhya: One of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, Birth place od Lord Rama.

Bareilly: Rail and Industrial centre, Mosque.

Batesar: Temple, major cattle fair.

Chitrakoot: Hindu pilgrim centre.

Fatehpur Sikri: Ghost Town, ancient capital of Akbar, Muslim pilgrim centre, Forts, Palaces, Mosques, Tombs.

Jaunpur: Indo-Saracenic Architecture.

Jhansi: Fort, City of Rani Jhansi.

Kannauj: Ancient Capitals, Ruins

Kanpur: Industrial centre, Temple, Leather and Footwear manufacturing centre.

Kushinagar: Buddhist pilgrim centre.

Lucknow: Muslim cultural centre, Museum, Historic buildings and Architecture, Mughal cuisines.

Mathura: One of the Seven Sacred Cities of the Hindus, Birth place of Lord Krishna, Temples, Mosques.

Vrindavan: The town of a thousand shrines, also associated with Lord Krishna, Ashrams.

Meerut: Cantonment town.

Varanasi: One of the Seven Sacred Cities of the Hindus, Temples, Mosques, Palaces, Metal Handicrafts and Sarees.

Sarnath: Buddhist pilgrim centre, Shrines, Old Stupas.

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