Shopping

Uttar Pradesh, rich in its culture and heritage offers a wide range of items to the visitors, which is why the shopping here makes it speak for itself. The state boasts of a rich tradition of handicrafts, which make for the admired items that the shoppers look forward to buying whilst shopping in Uttar Pradesh.The famous items which can be bought here are clothes, carpets, glass items, embroidered fabrics, jewellery, furniture, footwear, utensils, stone ware, leather items, perfumes, metal ware, clay items, handloom items, sweets and other edible products.Varanasi is famous for its Banarasi sarees, embroidery, handicraft items, carpets, sweets, Mathura is popular for its Handicraft items, souvenirs, sweets etc. Chikan embroidery, jewellery, fashion accessories, perfumes, kebabs, sweets can all be found in Lucknow. Bareilly is known for its Cane and wooden furniture. The Brassware and metalware of Moradabad are unmatched. Khurja has incredible Clay items made from pottery. Agra, has the most exquisite handicraft items, leather goods and stone ware. Firozabad is the best center for glassware such as bangles etc. The perfumes or the attar from Kannauj are very famous all across the world. Kanpur is the hub for the genuine leather items. Allahabad has authentic handicrafts etc.

Destinations

BAREILLY

The city is also known as Bans-Bareilly. Although Bareilly is a production centre for cane (bans) furniture, "Bans Bareilly" is not derived from the bans market; it was named for two princes: Bansaldev and Baraldev, sons of Jagat Singh Katehriya, who founded the city in 1537. It is said that once there was adense cane (bamboo) forest around the city, so its name became Baans Bareilly.In the Mahabharat era, this place was known as Ahichhatra, the capital of north Panchal kingdom. Since Mughals, it was the headquarter of Rohilas and continued to be so till British period.  

Kannauj

Kannauj is an ancient city which was also the former capital of the Ruler Harshavardhan. This charismatic and aromatic city is situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, 80 km from Kanpur. It prides itself as the 'Attar City' or the perfume city of India. Kannauj finds its mention in the ancient literary works like the Mahabharata and Valmiki Ramayana under different names-Mahodaya, Kusasthali, Kanyakubja, and Gandhipuri. In the beginning of sixth century AD, it was the capital of Mankharis. Kannauj is known for the distilling of scents and is a market center for tobacco, perfume, and rose water. Kannauj is also the largest exporter of natural perfumes in India.

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”.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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