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Uttar Pradesh is the most popular tourist destination for its heritage and melange of cultures. It is one of the most travelled destinations in India which makes it suitable to travel with family. The state of full of popular destinations to explore with you near dear ones and shich suit the travel taste of each family member. From a plethora of creative and huge monument in Agra to the colourful temples, lanes and Ghats of Mathura and Varanasi, from the Nawabi experience and mouth-watering cuisine in Lucknow to the spiritual retreat in Ayodhya and Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh is full of vivid experiences and attractions for every kind of traveller. Apart from all of these the wildlife, natural attractions, culinary delights and the shopping hubs of the state are sure to excite you. Uttar Pradesh a unique mix of history and modernity is sure to give each member of the family an experience they want. 

PLACES IN UTTAR PRADESH

Destinations

Agra

Agra is a city offering a discovery of the beautiful era. Agra has a rich history, reflected in its numerous monuments dotted in and around the city. The earliest citation for Agra comes from the mythological era, where the epic Mahabharata refer Agra as ‘Agravana’ meaning paradise in Sanskrit. ‘Ptolemy’, the famous second century A.D. geographer, was the first person who referred Agra with its modern name. The Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodi, ruler of Lodi dynasty in 16th century. It was when Shah Jahan descended the Mughal throne that Agra reached the zenith of architectural beauty.The city lies in the Western part of Uttar Pradesh on the bank of River Yamuna. Though the wonderful allure of the Taj Mahal attracts people from around the world over to Agra, it is not a standalone attraction. The city offers a trail of fascinating tombs and mausoleums to explore. Acclaimed for its lavish crafts like Pietra Dura (marble inlay) work, rugs and leather goods, and the luscious Petha, Agra equally caters well to shopaholics and foodies.

Varanasi

Varanasi or Banaras, mentioned in the scriptures as Kashi, is less of a city and more of a dreamy experience. It is a paragon of Indian culture, philosophy, traditions and spiritual ethos since times immemorial. It is among the Sapta Puries, meaning seven sacred cities of Ancient India. The city is located on the bank of River Ganga which has two tributaries in the city: Varuna and Assi; hence the name Varanasi. The combination of Kashi – the holy city, Ganga- the sacred river and Shiva- the supreme God, makes Varanasi an immortal destination. Today, Varanasi remains the hub of cultural and holy activities. In the field of learning, especially of Religion, Philosophy, Yoga, Ayurveda, Astrology, Dance and Music, the city is certainly unparalleled. The Banarasi Silk Sarees and Brocades are known worldwide for its elegance. Varanasi is full of surprises abounding every corner; the more one explores it, the more one falls in love with it!

Lucknow

Lucknow, a city which upholds many cultures, heritage and arts of Uttar Pradesh, resonating in every corner. It gained prominence when Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula shifted the capital of Awadh from Faizabad to this city in 1775. They were great patrons of arts and laid the foundation from which Lucknowi culture emerged. Whether Lucknow’s mesmerizing architecture, sweetness in its language, elegant hospitality, and sophistication in its culture, exquisite crafts or the mouth-watering cuisine, this city never fails to win hearts of every traveller. Modern day Lucknow is a spectacular synthesis of past and present. It is a bustling capital city spreading both sides of the River Gomti with sprawling parks, British Era buildings and old monuments. Lucknow is famous for its charm, nazakat (Elegance) and nafasat (Refinement) – which is holding onto this land since time immemorial. 

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a magnificent city which was founded in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. This city is 40 km away from Agra. It is said that Akbar went to a saint known as Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a city called Sikri whose blessing gave Akbar 3 sons. As a gesture of gratitude Akbar built a whole new city in Sikri and named his new capital Fatehpur Sikri or the “City of Victory”. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of the magnificent Mughal architecture at its height. There are many breathtaking sites here like a stunning mosque, Buland Darwaza, Diwan-i-am etc. The city was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece, but due to the water shortages, it was abandoned shortly. A visit to Fatehpur Sikri and is like going down the Mughal culture and History. All the monuments here are a blend of Mughal and Persian architecture.

Mathura-Vrindavan

Located in the western part of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is a jumble of never-ending lanes teeming with folks, rickshaws, and glittering shops. The city is dotted with magnificent temples, most of them dedicated to Lord Krishna, the city’s presiding deity and its first citizen. These temples depict various phases of Lord Krishna’s life, taking the devotees back to the divine era. Mathura is an important pilgrimage destination of the Hindus and is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Lord Krishna was born around 5000 years ago on this land as an 8th child to Mata Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison cell of the tyrant Kansa, Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle. The land is daubed with an enchanting culture, which is enough to capture your heart and touch your soul. Vrindavan is a holy town in Mathura and is the most significant pilgrimage site in Braj region, attracting around 500000 pilgrims every year. It is believed that Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. Even the dust of this holy place is said to be sacred and devotees are often seen smearing it on their forehead. It is believed that Vrindavan was lost over time, until the 16th century, when it was rediscovered by the saint from Nabadwip, Chaitanya, Mahaprabhu, who travelled to Vrindavan in 1515.

Allahabad

Allahabad is a beautiful city situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The city draws attention of pilgrims and heritage lovers from all over the world as it opens the traveller to a world of mythological and spiritual wonders. Allahabad is a fusion of sanctity, religion, traditions, history and architecture which offers varied experiences from historical to religious. Allahabad is one of the destinations which holds the Kumbh Mela, world’s largest congregation of devotees. For the Mughals the city had a great strategic importance to control their empire, and it also became a prominent administrative hub for the British era. The city was the nerve centre of activities during the India’s Freedom Movement. Several eminent national leaders were born on this land. Allahabad has also played a leading role in development of Hindi and Urdu literature. The city has been described in ancient scriptures as ‘Teerthraj’, the holiest pilgrimage centre and is indeed a perfect place to have a soulful escape.

Sarnath

Located at a distance of 10 KM from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage centres. This is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. His first sermon is sanctified as Maha Dharma Chakra Pravartan, meaning 'set in motion the Wheel of Dharma'. During the time of Lord Buddha, this area was called Rishipattana or Isipatana and Mrigdava owing to the dense forest inhabited by deer. Emperor Ashoka, who spread Lord Buddha's message of love & peace throughout his regime, came to Sarnath and got a Stupa built herein 249 B.C. Today, Sarnath stands as one of the key sites on the Buddhist Circuit, attracting followers from around the world. The town is dotted with well-maintained erstwhile monasteries, stupas, and a museum.

KANPUR

Kanpur is a city situated on the banks of River Ganga and is an important industrial centre of Uttar Pradesh. Known for its historical and religious past the city was a breeding ground for a change in the freedom and literary movements during the first half of the 20th century. Supposed to have been founded by King Hindu Singh of the earlier state of Sachendi, the city was formerly known as “Kanhpur”.Later it became a strategic and business centre during the British period and a large garrison was established here. Kanpur also played an important role during the war of Independence of 1857 and during the freedom struggle of India. Great heroes like Nana Sahib, Tatya Tope, Ajimullah khan etc. have operated from Kanpur during the freedom movement. Kanpur is also known globally for the finest quality leather tanned by them. It has become the core producer of saddlery products and is a prominent centre for leather processing. The beautiful leather apparels, industrial gloves, stylish belts and bags that adorn the people and add to their personality are actually manufactured in this splendid town. Kanpur has indeed earned the glory of being called as a “LeatherCity”.

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