If you are travelling North of India, then you should definitely visit Uttar Pradesh to experience the vividness of its culture. From varied cuisine, historical architecture to the religious fervor, Uttar Pradesh will surely make your itinerary most memorable.
Let us take a look at what different cities of Uttar Pradesh offer you as a visitor:
1. Awesome Agra.
If you are in UP, the first place everyone would want to visit is the land of Taj Mahal. One cannot help but become awestruck by the opulence and magnificence of the marbled wonder.
Besides the Taj, there is Agra Fort, Fahehpur Sikri, Itmad–ud–Daula, Jama Masjid, Agra Art Gallery and many more architectural monuments that will keep you interested.
2. Royal Lucknow.
Let the city of Nawabs enthrall you with its rich cultural rootedness and old world charm. A blend of the old and the new, the city maintains a unique flavor.
Gastronomical delights like the kebabs and biryanis form an intrinsic part of the city experience. You may shop for clothes with Lakhnavi chikankaari work.
Monuments like Bada Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, British Residency, Chattar Manzil, Zoological Gardens are some the places you can visit to get a glimpse of Lucknow’s history.
3. Holy Varanasi.
If you are in UP, a visit to the holy city of Varanasi or Banaras is a must! Listening to the chants of Kashi Vishwanath Temple and taking a dip in the Holy Ganges is the big attraction in Varanasi.
You can visit the Ram Nagar Fort and Chunar Fort along with spending your time along the famous ghats of Benaras like Manikarnika Ghat, Assi Ghat and catch the beautiful evening artis. The world famous Benarasi Paan is also one thing you should not miss relishing while in town. Also get some beautiful Benarasi Silk Saaris from here.
4. Alluring Allahabad.
Allahabad, also known as Prayag, is a great pilgrimage centre for Hindus. It is situated at the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Make sure you visit it during the Kumbh Mela- the largest religious gathering of people in the world that happens every twelve years. Anand Bhavan, Khusro Bagh, Allahabad Fort, Jawahar Planetarium are the places you should give a dekko.
5. Amazing Ayodhya.
Ayodhya is one of the sacred cities in Uttar Pradesh. Located on the banks of Saryu River, it is considered the birth place of Lord Rama by Hindus. Guptar ghat is a famous ghat here.
Kanak Bhavan, Hanuman Garhi, Moti Mahal, Gulab Bari are some of the places of religious importance that you should visit.
6. Vibrant Vrindavan.
Another major pilgrimage destination of Uttar Pradesh is Vrindavan – the land of Lord Krishna. It is situated on the banks of Yamuna river. You can visit Kesi ghat for a boat ride across the river.
There are lots of Krishna temples you can visit like Bankey Bihari temple, Iskon temple, Govind Dev temple, Shahji temple and Prem Mandir.
7. Magical Mathura.
The magic of Mathura comes from the fact that Lord Krishna was born here. The festival of colours ‘Holi’ is famous as Barsane ki Holi here. The major temples are Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple and Dwarkadheesh temple.
You can also visit Kans Qila, Raja Bharatpur’s Palace, Radha kund, Govardhan hill, Kusum Sarovar and Mathura Museum. While you are in Mathura, don’t forget to savour the famous Mathura ke Pede!
8. Commercial Kanpur.
Kanpur is the oldest industrial town of Uttar Pradesh. You can enjoy a boat ride across the holy Ganges and visit Shri Radha Krishna temple in Bithoor, Jain glass temple, Kanpur Gardens, Allen Forest Zoo amongst other places.
9. Tranquil Jhansi.
This is the place where the famous Jhansi Fort that belonged to legendary Rani Lakshmi Bai stands. Situated on the banks of Betwa river, the city held great significance to the Maratha dynasty.
You can visit Rani Mahal, Chirgaon and Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chatri as well as the government museum.
You also can visit Orchha (in Madhya Pradesh) on its outskirts which houses Sheesh Mahal, Jahangir Mahal and Rama Raja Temple which holds the statue of Lord Rama in the child form.
10. Serene Sarnath.
Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. It holds tremendous significance for Buddhists and Jains.
The tourist attractions include Chaukhandi temple, Thai temple, Tibetan temple, Sarnath Museum, Deer Park and Dhammek Stupa.