Situated in the northern part of India, bordering with the capital of India New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destination in India. The most populous state of India, Uttar Pradesh is filled with its wealth of historical monuments and religious fervour. Geographically, Uttar Pradesh is very diverse, with Himalayan foothills in the extreme north and the Gangetic Plain in the centre. It is also home of India's most visited site, the Taj Mahal, and Hinduism's holiest city, Varanasi.
Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the banks of River Yamuna. Agra’s rich historical background is reflected through its numerous monuments. Apart from the Taj Mahal, the city is home to other UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. Other attractions of this historical city include Sikandra, Itmadud Daula, Soor Sarovar, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-Am, Buland Darwaza, etc.
Varanasi is a historical city situated on the banks of the holy River Ganges, it is commonly known as Benares or Banaras. It is said that the city was found 5000 years ago by Lord Shiva. The Ramnagar Fort at Varanasi needs a special reference. Jantar Mantar is an observatory. Another great site to visit is the Archaeological Museum Sarnath.
The city of Lucknow is popular among tourists for its cultural and traditional heritage, renowned for distinctive Chikan and Lakhnawi Zardozi styles of embroidery. Asafi Imambara (Bara Imambara), Chhota Imambara, British Residency and Shah Najaf are some of the prominent monuments of Lucknow that points out the architectural marvel. Rumi Darwaza, Sikandar Bagh, Lucknow Zoo & State Museum, Botanical Gardens and Kaiserbagh Palace complex are the other popular attractions of Lucknow.
The beautiful city stands at the confluence of three holy rivers -- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The place was named as 'Tirth Raj' by Lord Brahma, which means King of all Pilgrimage Centres. Allahabad is the holy city where the Maha Kumbha takes place once in 12 years. Magh Mela is held annually, apart from the years of Maha Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh.
Vrindavan is the original Goloka Vrindavan Dham of Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Sri Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood here. Vrindavan is also renowned as the shopping centre of silver ornaments, textiles, antiques, wooden works, dresses of the idols and incense sticks. Lassi, milk products and jal jeera are the specialities of this region. Janmashtami is celebrated with great zeal in the city.
A small city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is located at the banks of the river Yamuna and is a place rich in ancient history. Apart from the Shri Krishna Janma Bhumi, Mathura is home to the famous Jama Masjid, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Gita mandir, and Vishram Ghat. The Government Museum in Mathura is one of the best museums. Mathura is also known for its milk and is famous for ghee that is considered one of the best in the country. The place is known for its various milk sweets and Mathura peda and khurchan are famous.
Situated on the banks of the Ganges, Kanpur attracts tourists for it's own historical, religious and commercial significance. Kanpur is an industrial and agricultural hub known all over the world for its leather industry. Some of the popular tourist destinations of Kanpur are Shri Radhakrishna Temple, Jain Glass Temple, Allen Forset Zoo, Moti Jheel Park and Gurudwara Banno Sahib. Among other places of interest are Jajmau, the Temple of Lord Hanumanji, Kamla Retreat, Panki, Nana Rao Park, Buddha Park, All Souls' Memorial Church, etc.
Ayodhya is a small town of the ancient times situated on the bank of the River Saryu, better known as the birth place of Lord Rama. It is one of the major pilgrimage spots for Hindus. The city exhibits important heritage and historical facets of Buddhism and Jainism in its many temples and monuments. Some of the popular tourist destinations of Ayodhya are Hanumanghari Temple, Sundar Bhavan and the famous Ramji Temple.
Kailash Mansarovar, famous for Mansarovar Lake, Lake Rakshastal and Mount Kailash, is a popular pilgrimage destination, located in the western part of the Tibetan Himalayas. Mansarovar Lake, which is about 90 meters deep, spreads over 320 sq km, at an elevation of 4556 meters, is one of the ancient lakes in the world. This lake is surrounded by Mount Kailash on its north, Mount Gurala Mandhata on its south, Lake Rakshas-Tal or Ravan Harda on its west and hilly areas on its east. This lake is also the source of four rivers which are Indus, Brahmaputra, Karnali and Sutlej.