Uttar Pradesh Tourism

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Amit Chaudhary

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Great roaming in UP

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.

Punit Gandhi

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Mesmerizing Uttar Pradesh

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.

Food:

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.

Shopping:

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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Uttar Pradesh Overview

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.