Uttar Pradesh, situated in the northern part of India, has the distinction of being the most populous state of India. In terms of area, it is the fourth largest, among all the states.
A tour to Uttar Pradesh would take you to the popular shrines and pilgrimage sites, which hold a special significance in the lives of the Indian people. The famous Kumbh Mela takes place every twelve years at Allahabad and Haridwar.
Uttar Pradesh has an ideal location, in the north its is guarded by the majestic Himalayas, decked by the holy rivers of Ganga and Yamuna.The state has a strategic importance for Indian Defense as it touches Tibet and Nepal on the Northern Border of the country.
Jaunpur, Jhansi, Kalinjar, Kanpur and Lucknow form some of the main cities of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Places like the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra are popular tourists spots in Uttar Pradesh.
The best time to visit Uttar Pradesh is within October to March. Located in central India the state is well connected to rest of the country with several railway stations at Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Mathura, Varanasi, Jhansi, Allahabad and Ghaziabad. For tourists willing to take the aerial route the state has airports at important locations such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad and Agra.
The best time to visit Uttar Pradesh is within October to March. Located in central India the state is well connected to rest of the country with several railway stations at Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Mathura, Varanasi, Jhansi, Allahabad and Ghaziabad.
For tourists willing to take the aerial route the state has airports at important locations such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad and Agra.
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and one of the leading tourist destinations in the state. The city boasts of popular tourist destinations such as Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya, Chota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza that reflect the finest traditions in Islamic architecture.
Agra is regarded as India’s tourism capital and has three World Heritage Sites - Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. Other important sites of tourist interest include Swami Bagh, Balkeshwar Temple and Sikandra.
Allahabad bears tremendous religious significance by virtue of being the meeting place of three holy rivers Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna. It plays host to the Kumbh Fair and has famous tourist attractions such as Allahabad Fort, Anand Bhawan and Khusro Bagh.
The city where Lord Ram was born is counted among the leading tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh. It has some popular spots such as Ramkot, Mani Parbat, Nageshwarnath Temple, Swarg Dwar and Lakshmana Ghat.
The biggest claim to fame for Jhansi is the Queen Lakshmibai of Jhansi who played a major role in the historic Revolt of 1857. However, the city also has several well known tourist spots such as Fort of Jhansi, Government Museum and Rani Mahal.
In addition to these cities tourists should also visit Kanpur, Sarnath, Mathura and Varanasi.
Uttar Pradesh has one fair or festival for every season – these events represent the best in the state’s culture. The various festivals and their venues may be mentioned as below:
Yearly Magh Mela – Allahabad
Ram Nagriya Mela - Farukhabad
Kailash Mela – Agra
Nakaiya Chetganj - Varanasi
Ram Barat – Agra
Kartik Poornima Devdeepawali - Varanasi
Gangaur Mela – Agra
Ramleela Ramnagar - Varanasi
Cattle Fair – Agra
Ramnavmi - Ayodhya
Latthmar Holi – Nandgaon
Ramayana Mela - Ayodhya
Shri Krishna Janmashtami – Nandgaon
Sawan Joopla Mela - Ayodhya
Matki Lila - Braj Barsana
Govind Saheb Mela - Ambedkar Nagar
Nauchandi Mela – Meerut
Kichhochha Sharif - Ambedkar Nagar
Christian Mela – Meerut
Navratri Mela - Balrampur
Garh Ganga Mela – Garhmukteshwar
Devamela - Barabanki
Dashehra Ramdal – Allahabad
Makar Sakranti Khichri Mela - Gorakhpur
Ramayana Mela – Chitrakoot
Tarkula Mela - Gorakhpur
Dhrupad Mela – Varanasi
Dadri Mela - Balia
Sankat Mochan Music Festival - Varanasi
There is no dearth of top class hotels in Uttar Pradesh. There are different types of accommodation options to suit the economic capabilities and aesthetic sensibilities of the visitors. Some of the leading names in this regard may be mentioned as below:
Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Center
Hotel Clarks Tower
Welcomgroup Mughal Sheraton
Hotel Taj Ganges
Hotel Taj Residency
The Landmark Hotel
Hotel Holiday Inn
Hotel Sagar International
Hotel Hindustan International
Hotel Deep Palace
Radha Ashok Hotel
Hotel Mansingh Palace
Hotel Best Western Kashika
Hotel Arif Castles
While on a trip to Uttar Pradesh and its cities of Nawabs, you must shop for the weaving and embroideries, stone carvings, as they all are very popular.
The Zardozi of Agra and the most popular Chikankari of Lucknow are beautiful hand crafted works. You can also buy the glassware of Ferozabad and leather work of Kanpur. Also buy the silk saris and ethnic jewelery.
Last updated on : Nov 23, 2011.