Top 10 Travel Tips - Uttar Pradesh

Known as the ' Land of Nawabs', Uttar Pradesh is the second biggest state in India, in terms of area, while in terms of populations it cherishes the first rank.

With numerous popular tourist cities like Agra, Mathura and Varanasi, and important buildings and monuments like Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh is also known for its Nawabi Lucknow.

But inspite of being big on tourists' scale, the land needs acute attention on a tourist's part, to enjoy a tour without any problem. So follow these few guidelines and enjoy your Uttar Pradesh tour.

10 Important Guidelines for an Uttar Pradesh Trip :

  1. Uttar Pradesh is a place, which is very hot in summers and very cold in winters. If you can bear the scorching heat, then plan a trip during March to June, with proper care, and if you enjoy the winters then choose anytime in between, November to January. The monsoons from July to September, wouldn't be a very ideal choice, as you would not be able to enjoy anything during the rains.

  2. Uttar Pradesh tour, would be a grand affair for a tourist, as there are so many things to see. For an absolute experience, it is highly suggested that you approach a tour operator, as he would know better, about the best places and the best things.

  3. For UP also, you need proper permits and ID proofs, while on a tour. So kindly carry all your documents, including the flight tickets, visa, passport, licenses, ATM and credit cards, and carry them safely around, as the state is really crowded.

  4. On your UP tour, you need to be extra careful with everything, as the state is also famous for its pickpockets, touts, thugs, and kidnappings. Prepare yourself through proper interactions with tour operators, tourist offices, tourist guides, and also read tourist guide books, so that you know a great deal about the state before actually experiencing everything first hand.

  5. A UP tour needs preparation in terms of your packing also. People are conservative and  traditional here, so it is suggested that you do not roam around in exposing outfits. Try to blend in with the culture of the state by wearing casual clothes, or Indian outfits, and you can also give a shot to the Hindi language, if you are a foreign tourist.

  6. Uttar Pradesh has a lot of religious places, and it is also a popular pilgrimage state with many holy cities like Allahabad, Varanasi, Kashi and Mathura in the state, where religious people are continuously making visits. Always respect the sanctity and conduct of such places and do not hurt the sentiments of any religion, in these places.

  7. Hire a tourist guide, when you are on a site seeing visit, for Agra, Mathura, Varanasi, Lucknow, Allahabad and so on. As many places have historical monuments and buildings, whose charm will intensify on the information poured in by the guides. But do not get fooled by the fraud guides, who are likely to be there on their attempts to victimize the tourists.

  8. On your UP tour, do not miss out on the special things that are authentic to UP, such as the most popular colleges and Universities in India, a Qawwali or Raslila show, the best music and dance forms, and a Kathak show, one of India's classical dance form.

  9. UP is also popular for its shopping, so you must shop for the chikan work on cotton and silk fabrics, various art forms used on crafts like Pietra Dura, Benarasi saris from Varanasi, and leather materials of Kanpur. These are the best specialties of the state which will make your trip a memorable experience and will give you something tangible to cherish.

  10. Also be a part of the state's special festivals like, the Lath mar Holi of Barsana in March, Ganga Mahotsava in Varanasi, and Taj Mahotsava in Agra. These few festivals are the best attractions of UP, through which you can have a memorable time on your Uttar Pradesh tour.

Last updated : Dec 16, 2011.

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