Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Uttar Pradesh Tourism

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Uttar Pradesh

The vast and heavily populated state of Uttar Pradesh, popularly called UP, lies in north India. It has an area larger than that of Britain and only 5 countries (including India) host larger populations than this state. It is bounded by Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, and the international border of Nepal.


UP occupies a large part of River Ganges's fertile plains. Almost half of the country's potato and sugarcane, and much of its wheat grow here. Described as the cow belt, it's actually home to some 78% of India's livestock. The Ganges defines its religious and cultural landscape, sacred in itself and nurturing some of the holiest Hindu sites like Varanasi and Allahabad. Yamuna is the other sacred river.


The UP region played a central role in the history of the Indian subcontinent and its major religions: as the birthplace of Hindu gods Ram (Ayodhya) and Krishna (Mathura) and the place where Buddha preached his first sermon (Sarnath). Politically dominant UP produced five of modern India's Prime Ministers. However, the present in UP hasn't quite lived up to the past: there is a paucity of modern industry, services, infrastructure.


Agra town is the most-visited in the state, for its monuments dating from the 16th-17th centuries, when it was the capital of the Mughal dynasty. The marble mausoleum of Taj Mahal alone, made by Emperor Shahjahan, is not just UP's but also India's top attraction, in addition to Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar. On the eastern edge of the state, Varanasi and Ayodhya are important Hindu sites. Varanasi's riverside temples and old palaces stretch picturesquely for kilometers on the west bank of the Ganga. Allahabad plays host to the Kumbh Mela every 12 years, attracting millions of pilgrims and named the largest religious gathering in the world.


UP's capital Lucknow has some beautiful tombs, mosques and colonial buildings. There is no international airport but Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi and Allahabad have domestic airports and Agra is about 200km from Delhi.


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Uttar Pradesh Traveller Reviews

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Amit Chaudhary

  • Tourist
  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Mohali
  • 1 Review
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"Great roaming in UP"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
It was great and fun visiting over there. I loved the place that was exciting and lovely being over there. Every place over there found more beautiful wherever we visit over there loved UP and there people are more supporting and soft. loved it I love to visit there every time I got chance.
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Sudipta Nandy

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  • Sudipta Nandy
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"Passing through the Buland Darwaja at Fatehpur-Sikri"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2016
Once holding the center stage of Indian history, presently represents a mere shadow of the glorious past, contains different chapters of history among its ruins, is the Fatehpur-Sikri, the once capital of the formidable Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. Hardly at a distance of 12 km. From the present birding paradise of Bharatpur, Fatehpur-Sikri is one of the most famous historical township and a must watch if you plan a visit of Bharatpur, Mathura or Agra. The vastness of the Buland Darwaja is a grand sight to any visitor to Fatehpur-Sikri. The key areas to visit in the premises are the Dewan e Khas, Dewan e Aam, the Nahbat Khana, the all white dargah of the sufi saint Salim Chisti, the barracks for the prisoner, the treasury and the house of King birbal, the Jama Masjid and the Minar.
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Narayanan S

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  • Narayanan S
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"The State to be Seen and Enjoyed"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2013
Uttar Pradesh - UP for short is possibly the one state which can boast of rich heritage, diverse attractions and reasonable accommodation. It provides for multi religions - Hindus, Buddhists, Islam and others. UP is a world by itself. It is blessed with heritage, beauty, tolerance, thousands of years of culture, tolerance. The birth place of two most famous Hindu Gods - Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. There are many places to see. One can spend months and still miss out some important places.
There brass works, silk and cotton weaving, bronze icons, wood carving name them you have it - it is a shoppers paradise
There are many places to see, admire and worship - some are: Mathura, Brindavan, Agra, Fatehpur Sikhri, Naimicharanya, Ayodhya, Lucknow, Allahabad, Chitrakoot, Varanasi, Saranath, Gorakpur, Kushinagar. List of places to see is very large and depends on ones taste, for example Agra is not just Taj Mahal there are many things to see, or Mathura - Brindavan can be covered in 1/2 day for some it may take more than a week to see it - the time factor is dependant on taste and need. There are sanctuaries and forests for those who like to see wildlife. The places are well connected by road and railways
U P tourism hotels are reasonably priced and reasonably clean and there are plenty of hotels to meet the needs of all
Some tips:
The best time to visit is between second half of October through end March
Drink only packaged drinking water.
Avoid touts at all places
Hire a guide it saves time
Avoid pandas and other religious persons - seek them only if you have to and incase one needs their services make the terms clear
Be careful of your possessions. Plan your trip carefully to use time effectively
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Punit Gandhi

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  • Punit Gandhi
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Mesmerizing Uttar Pradesh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2013
September I visited a small town called Kalpi in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh. I fell in love with this place as soon as I got down from the bus. Its a must visit for travellers who have liking towards history. Kalpi happens to be the birthplace of Birbal, one of the most intelligent person in the court of Mugal emperor Akbar. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna it provides stunning panaromic view of entire village & various temples on the river bank. Kalpi was the meeting point of Jhansi ki Rani & Tatya Tope during their freedom fighting days. Our very own Phoolan Devi comes from Kalpi. Once this place was dominated by most feared dacoits of our nation. It is a heaven for bird watchers, photographers & people who want to run away from fast paced city life. I did not find any staying options here so I was put up at a local hotel in Orai which is hardly 35 kms from Kalpi.

Must visits places:

Bank of River Yamuna - For its serenity

Lanka Tower - It is around 225 feet tall. Lanka has ravaan carved on to it & it is said that that eyes of Ravaan directly meet the eyes of Lord Shiva whose temple is right opposite Lanka Tower

Ved Vyas Bhoomi - Kalpi is the birthplace of Ved Vyas, the rishi who wrote Ramayan.

Chaurasi Gumaad - It has 84 door arches but no one till now has been able to count it properly.

Pataleshwar - It is a small temple just before the stairs which take you down to Yamuna river. Outside Pataleshwar is a closed tunnel, it is said to have been made by marathas & Jhansi ki Rani escaped from this tunnel when Britishers attacked Jhansi. It is said that this tunnel is around 160 kms long from Jhansi to kalpi.


You can enjoy good local food at dhabbas situated on the highways joining Kalpi. Rice kheer at Sajan dhaba is to die for. Don't miss out on Gulab Jamuns of Balkishan in main market area, Hari ke samosa at the local market called Bajariya, Gabbade ka halwa at Shri Darvaja, Jalebi Rabdi in the main market & Lala ki tamatar chaat at main market. Kalpi has no restaurants but you can enjoy amazing food at these places.


You can buy local footwear made out of use truck tires & tubes. There is not much to shop in Kalpi.

Personal Advice:

Carry a torch with you because this place has lot of power cuts. Avoid moving on roads post 11:00 PM because locals say it is not safe. Need to know hindi for communication with locals. There is only 1 direct train from Mumbai called Kushinagar Express which starts from Kurla Terminus. There are some trains to Orai & Kanpur Central. Kalpi is well connected by bus from major stations like Jhansi, Kapur & Orai. Winters during Diwali is the best time to visit this place. Summers are strict no because Kalpi experiences extreme weather conditions. I will personally say visit this place in winters to make the most of it.

If you are traveling in winters, all your winter gear is must to carry.
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