Having a glorious past, Uttar Pradesh is one of the finest Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India which houses some of the most revered sites. Even before Uttar Pradesh became a state, its land was blessed with the birth of Lord Rama and Krishna, the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Not only this, its one of the popular Hindu pilgrimage cities, Varanasi is amongst the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world which is believed to be had been founded by Lord Shiva himself. Thus Uttar Pradesh, as a state is an incredible Hindu pilgrimage destination in India that offers the devotees the peace and blessings they are seeking.
It is in Uttar Pradesh where one of the world’s largest religious congregations, Kumbh Mela is held. Tourists and pilgrims from all corners of the world come to attend this popular cultural and religious fair held at the confluence of the three holy rivers in India - the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. In Varanasi on the other hand, the pilgrims enjoy the spiritual vibes on the ancient ghats of River Ganga. Regarded as a sacred place, Varanasi has various holy sites like Kashi Vishwanath Temple that are thronged by the devotees in a large number. Pilgrims can even make a visit to Vindhyachal which is considered to be a place Goddess Durga chose to reside after her re-birth. When in Vindhyachal, one can pay homage at the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple which is amongst the sacred Shaktipeethas.
Ayodhya takes the devotees to the birthplace of Lord Rama. A spiritual retreat in Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya has an atmosphere filled with incense and a strange kind of peace. One of the must things to do in this religious place is to take a holy dip in Sarayu River. Out of many temples in Ayodhya is Hanuman Garhi where it is believed wishes of people come true. Uttar Pradesh also offers a fulfilling Krishna Temple Tour for which one can head to Mathura and Vrindavan. The popular religious destinations invite pilgrims to indulge in a spiritual experience by visiting the birthplace of Lord Krishna and a number of temples dedicated to him and his love interest, Radha Rani. Out of many Hindu temples to visit in both the cities, the ones popular in Mathura are Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Shri Dwarkadheesh Temple, Gita Temple, Baba Jaigurudev Mandir, Kesava Deo Temple and Chamunda Devi Temple. The Krishna temples in Vrindavan include Banke Bihari Mandir, Prem Mandir, Nidhivan Temple, Shri Rangji Mandir, Shri Krishna Balaram Mandir (ISKCON), Gopi Nath Temple, Shri Radha Vallabh Mandir and Priyakant Ji Temple.
Apart from these major pilgrimage destinations in Uttar Pradesh, the state is dotted with temples including Chitrakoot where one can make a visit to Bharat Milap Temple, Hanuman Dhara and Janki Kund. Devotees can also perform pilgrimage at Hastinapur where the Pandavas ruled after winning Mahabharata.