Uttar Pradesh Tourism


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.

When to plan a tour to 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.

Major Tourist Attractions in Uttar Pradesh

  • Lucknow

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

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

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.

  • Ayodhya

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.

  • Jhansi

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 Fairs and Festivals

 

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

 

Uttar Pradesh Accommodation

 

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:

5 star hotels

  • Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Center

  • Hotel Clarks Tower

  • Welcomgroup Mughal Sheraton

  • Hotel Clarks

  • Clarks Shiraz

  • Hotel Taj Ganges

  • Hotel Taj Residency

  • The Landmark Hotel

4 star hotels

  • Hotel Holiday Inn

  • Hotel Sagar International

  • The Trident

  • Hotel Hindustan International

  • Hotel Deep Palace

  • Varanasi Ashok

3 star hotels

  • Hotel Deedar-e-Taj

  • Radha Ashok Hotel

  • Hotel Amar

  • Hotel Madhuban

  • Hotel Mansingh Palace

  • Hotel Best Western Kashika

  • Hotel Yatrik

  • Hotel India

  • Hotel Arif Castles

  • Hotel Pradeep

What to do and What to buy?

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.

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