North India has some of the best examples of mélange of cultures and there are several reasons for it. However, the consequences have been quite delightful and there is no denying in it. One of such North Indian state that reflects best the vivid hues by blending of cultures is Uttar Pradesh. Yes, indeed the Land of Lord Krishna, Rama, Buddha and Taj Mahal, this state is a perfect canvas painted in different colours to bring out a picture that is loved by all. Uttar Pradesh boasts aromatic and delectable Awadhi cuisine, the fine Chicken and brass work and majestic architecture. There is just about everything that you seek on a holiday in India and how better can it get if you can find it in one place!
Here are some of the top travel destinations in Uttar Pradesh:
The land of Taj, Agra has earned itself international fame for being a heritage hotspot in the country. Reflecting the architecture excellence of the Mughal Era, Agra stands on the bank of River Yamuna. The Mughal Empire has endowed Agra with architectural grandeurs like tombs and mausoleums; forts and palaces; gardens and mosques. A creative ground for the art lovers like Akbar, Shah Jahan and even the Lodi rulers, Agra is one such destination that alone brings a great boost in Uttar Pradesh tourism.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Agra would be by train if incase a journey is planned from other parts of the country than Delhi/Mathura/Vrindavan/Noida/Gurgaon. The Yamuna Expressway connects Delhi conveniently with Agra reducing the run between the two to 2.5hrs only.
‘Krishnabhoomi’ or the land of Krishna, Mathura is amongst the most visited places in Uttar Pradesh. The town near the famed Vrindavan is dotted with temples and a sacred Yamuna River flows past it. The entire lined with 25 ghats, which are thronged by devotees at dawn and sunset. Mathura was once a Buddhist centre and the home to thousands of monks and several monasteries, today all that remains of the old sights are the beautiful sculptures recovered from ruins.
How to Reach: Mathura has its own rail junction, which has regular trains to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Mathura is only 147kms from Delhi and 50kms from Agra, so one can even drive to it.
Holding immense religious importance amongst Hindu devotees, Vrindavan is a place where the worshippers of Lord Krishna throng to seek the blessing. Dozens of temples, old and modern, dot the town and they come in all shapes and sizes holding their own peculiarities and stories. Each temple can be reached by narrow winding lanes that are plush with shops that sell worship items and sweets. One thing, one has to be aware of are monkeys, who practically mug visitors.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Vrindavan is by train, there are regular trains to Delhi, Jaipur, Nagpur, Pune and Bangalore. It is ideal to drive to Vrindavan from Delhi, Agra and Mathura
This religious city in Uttar Pradesh is said to be one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world. Sitting on the bank of River Ganges, Varanasi is known for its ghats and the winding lanes dotted with temples that come in all sizes and shape. Haunt of Shiva devotees and home to some bizarrely-dressed sadhus, Varanasi is an absolutely a must visit place in Uttar Pradesh.
How to Reach: Varanasi is a well connected city in India. It has an airport that operates flights between major cities in India. The railway station is also connected to several cities across India. A good road transport system can also be found here.
An important Buddhist site in India, Sarnath is a scintillating gem of Uttar Pradesh tourism. Reckoned to be the place where Buddha preached his first sermon, Sarnath is a neighbor of Varanasi city. Later magnified by Ashoka by the establishment of stupas and monasteries, this city became a popular destination amongst Buddhist devotees. It is believed that the site disappeared completely in 12th century but was rediscovered during 19th century by British archaeologists. Today, Sarnath is amongst the most important Buddhist destinations in India.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Sarnath is to first reach Varanasi, which is only 20kms from Sarnath. From here several buses/cabs are available to Sarnath.
The much controversial yet sacred Ayodhya has been an infamous destination in Uttar Pradesh for more than two decades now but the controversy has earned it an ambiguous international acclaim. The birthplace of Lord Rama, Ayodhya besides its controversial site is a great place to take a plunge into the pool of spirituality. The city is dotted with temples and thus makes another apt place to go for temple tour in Uttar Pradesh.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Ayodhya is by train as there are regular trains between Ayodhya and Kolkata, Jaipur, Delhi, Lucknow and from other small cities as well. Lucknow is only 130kms, Allahabad is 155kms and Varanasi is 200kms from Ayodhya, so one even has the option to drive to the city.
Recognized as the Shakya Capital, where Lord Buddha was born, Kapilvastu is an important place for Buddhist devotees. Situated about 27kms from Siddhartha Nagar district, the place has ruins that back to 8th century BC. The archeologists have excavated as many as 14 different layers of human habitat in this region, there are several Stupas found here that were built by Ashoka and the Gupta Kings. Today, Kapilvastu comprises of the several villages like Piprahwa, Ganvaria and Salagarh.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Kapilvastu is to first travel by train to Siddhartha Nagar, which is only 20kms from Kapilvastu. From local buses and cabs are available to Kapilvastu.
Famed for its Sangam (confluence of rivers) and the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad is an important tourism destination in Uttar Pradesh. The city has been an important part of Indian history and has also been the home of eminent Indian celebrities like Jawaharlal Nehru and Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Allahabad boasts its British era buildings, Mughal fort and tombs and its special ‘red’guavas.
How to Reach: Allahabad is well connected with all major cities of India by train. So, the ideal way to reach here would be by train.
A tranquil retreat, Chitrakoot is an ideal holiday destination in Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot is also amongst the holy places of India. Legend has it that it was the abode of Lord Rama, his consort Sita and brother Lakshman for eleven years of their fourteen years of exile. Dotted with numerous temples and nature’s splendor, Chitrakoot is wrapped in peace and tranquility that is only disturbed by the sound of chirping birds and gushing streams.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station of Chitrakoot is at Karvi, which is at a distance of about 8kms. The ideal way is to first reach Karvi and then travel to Chitrakoot. One can also choose to take a bus from destinations like Allahabad (125 km), Satna (75 km), Lucknow (285 km), Mahoba (127 km), Kalinjar (88 km) and Jhansi (274 km).
This capital city of Uttar Pradesh truly has royal touch to it. Apart from the posh bungalows of politicians, majestic Vidhan Sabha and beautiful railway station, Lucknow is a perfect example of Awadh’s pride. Lucknow has the reputation of proffering finger licking good Awadhi cuisine, whose aroma fills the air and satisfies the soul of any food lover. The capital is growing up from being a reflection Mughal and architecture to a cosmopolitan city with each newly opening bar and lounge, better roads and massive parks.
How to Reach: Reaching Lucknow is an easy peasy thing. Since, it is a capital of the state; it is well connected by air, rail and road by major cities in India.
Yes, the bollywood song ‘Jhumka Gira Re Bareilly Bazaar Mein’ made this city quite famous across the nation. Apparantely, it should be the Surma of Bareilly that should have also got the same fame. Although being the hometown of beauty queen Priyanka Chopra also brought fame to this Uttar Pradesh’s city. Bareilly is a centre for furniture manufacturing and trade in cotton, cereal and sugar. The city is situated at an equal distance from Delhi and Lucknow and is said to have the potential to become a metropolitan pretty soon.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Bareilly is by train as the place has a good network of trains running between several cities in India. Since, Delhi and Lucknow are situated at a distance of 259kms and 251kms respectively from Bareilly; one can also take a bus or simply drive to the city.
Kushinagar is an important destination of Buddhist Circuit in India. It is recognized as a place where Lord Buddha breathed his last. Therefore this place is revered high amongst the Buddhist devotees. There are several temples where one can stay, chat with monks or simply contemplate one’s existence in the world. There are three main historical sites, including stupa, which is erected at a place where Buddha is said to have been cremated.
How to Reach: The best way to travel to Kushinagar is to first reach Gorakhpur by train or flight as it is located at a distance of only 50kms. Direct buses are however available from a few cities of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Famously linked to Queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai, who was a key player of the first war of independence in 1857, Jhansi is said to be a historically rich destination of Uttar Pradesh. Often dubbed as the gateway to Orchha and Khajuraho, Jhansi has a fair amount of historical tales to narrate to its visitors.
How to Reach: Jhansi can easily be reached by train. There are number of trains between Jhansi and major cities of India.
Sardhana gets special regard from Christians in India. Known to house the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, Sardhana is only 19kms from Meerut. It is also recognized as the capital of Kauravas of the Mahabharata epic and it is believed that the Pandavas prayed here before leaving for the Lakshagrah (the palace made by Duryodhana, at the confluence of the Hindon and Krishna rivers). Today, a large number of Christian devotees are seen swarming the city and attending worship that is organized in the Basilica from time to time.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Sardhana is to first reach Meerut by train or bus and then hire a cab or take another bus to Sardhana.
Mostly famed for being an important education centre in Uttar Pradesh, Aligarh is another gem in the crown of the state. The city is also a famous commercial centre and is the hub of the lock manufacturing industry (an industry that traces its roots to Mughal period). It is also known for the battle of Ally Ghur that was fought between the French and the British. Brass products and ‘Aligarh Pajamas’ are also the speciality of this city.
How to Reach: Aligarh has good rail connectivity, there are number of trains that operate between Aligarh and major cities in India.
Apart from this list there are several other destinations in Uttar Pradesh that worth visiting. If your idea of a holiday in India is to understand the country better, then, this North Indian state is a perfect place to visit. So, let us help you make your travel experience in India a good one. All you need to do is to call us at +91-9212777223/24 or simply drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to allow us you to assist in finding the right holiday package and deal.