The mystic land of India, Uttar Pradesh is a treasure-trove of fascination attractions. It is internationally known for its rich cultural heritage which majestically reflects in its monuments and other attractions. Its fascinating monuments, enchanting wildlife, mountains, lakes, adventure sports and religious fervor capture the hearts of tourists who come here from far and wide. Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. This state is also the birth place of Hinduism. It was known as the ' Madhya Desha ' in ancient era dating back to the Vedic and post Vedic period.
Main Attractions of Uttar Pradesh
The most famous attraction of Uttar Pradesh is the incredible Taj Mahal, a mausoleum which is a symbol of eternal love. An architectural wonder, Taj Mahal is carved in white marble. Located in Agra city, Taj Mahal is the pride of India and an example of the finest Mughal architecture. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is affectionately dubbed as the "jewel of Muslim art in India". Built in 1653 by thousands of skilled artisans and craftsmen, it is a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Each of the structure of this monument has its own unique beauty. Agra also boasts of Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikiri which are also the World Heritage Sites.
It is the holiest and the oldest city in the world. Highly revered, it is an important religious destination of Hindus. Also known as Banaras, this holy city of India attracts devotees and tourists from far and wide. It is located on the banks of river Ganga( the holiest river of India). If you wish to see the religious side of India, visit Varanasi.
Ayodhya, Mathura and Sarnath
These three places are among the holiest destinations of India. Ayodhya is the place where lord Rama took birth, Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna and Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
Wildlife of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is rich in bio-diversity and is a home to several wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks. Some of the wildlife sanctuaries are Hastinapur wildlife sanctuary, Kishnapur wildlife sanctuary, Chambal sanctuary, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahavir Swami Wildlife Sanctuary, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary and Nawab Ganj Bird Sanctuary.
Kumbh Mela is the most famous festival of India which is held four times every twelve years in Uttar Pradesh. It is the largest religious gathering in the world. It is considered the holiest Hindu pilgrimage where devotees come from far and wide.
Shopping in Uttar Pradesh
This colorful state is famous for a variety of handicrafts such as stone carvings, embroidered goods, brass ware, bronze and copper items, furniture and wrought iron goods, Chikan and Lucknowi dress material, Beautiful jewelry, ornaments, bangles, pottery, leather crafts and glass ware.
Best Time to Visit
From October to March
A variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes are served in Uttar Pradesh. However, sweets like Petha, Peda and Gazak and Rewri are the specialties of this state. Don't forget to taste them.
How to Reach
By Air: Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi are the four domestic airports of Uttar Pradesh, which connect the state to other major cities of India by regular flights.
By Rail: Major cities of Uttar Pradesh like Lucknow, Agra and Varanasi are efficiently connected to other major cities of the country by rail.
By Road: Several National Highways such as NH 2, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 45 and various state highways make Uttar Pradesh easily accessible from other parts of the country by road.
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