A popular land of architectural marvels and history, Uttar Pradesh is also replete with spirituality and divinity and is one of the preferred pilgrimage places for those seeking spiritual holidays in India. From being home to the Hindu Gods like Rama and Krishna to that of five Jain Teerthankaras to place where Buddha gave his first sermon, and also breathed its last, Uttar Pradesh glows with a spiritual aura that can one witness on their pilgrimage tours here. The state boasts a number of religious places of different faiths that offer much-needed peace of mind in both popular as well as unexplored or less explored tourist destinations of the state.
Uttar Pradesh is primarily home to a large number of Hindu pilgrimage destinations. It is also the venue for one of world’s largest religious congregations, Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Then there are other equally important religious places in Uttar Pradesh including Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace and land of Lord Krishna. The duo destinations captivate the pilgrims with its hues and spirit along with giving an opportunity to delve into a complete Krishna Temple Tour. A visit to Varanasi take one to the holy ghats by the sacred River Ganga where one can sit and relax in the atmosphere filled with holiness. Other than this, Uttar Pradesh is dotted with a number of Hindu temples in places including Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Hastinapur, and many more.
The state is even home to a plethora of Muslim sacred destinations in both small and popular towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh. In Lucknow, the popular Muslim shrines include the Asfi Mosque, Deva Sharif and Dargah-e-Sabri. In Agra, the Muslim worship places can be found in the form of Moti Masjid and Jama Masjid which are a brilliant example of the Mughal architecture. Prayagraj which is apopular as the destination for Hindu Pilgrimage also houses numerous Muslim religious.
Other than these destinations in Uttar Pradesh, pilgrims can even visit Fatehpur Sikri, Varanasi, Ambedkar Nagar, Amroha, Jaunpu,r and Saharanpur for Muslim pilgrimage centres. The churches for Christian devotees can also be witnessed in abundance in the state. Most of the churches in Uttar Pradesh are done in the amazing Mughal, French and Portuguese style of architecture. In the state, St. John’s Church in Meerut is the oldest in the state. Also, when visiting Meerut, one should pay a visit to Sardhana Church which reflects Muslim architectural influence.
Apart from this, some popular churches in the capital city, Lucknow include St. Joseph Cathedral Church, All Saints Garrison Church, Epiphany Church, Central Methodist Church, Lalbagh Methodist Church, Dua Ka Ghar and more. In Agra, the churches date back to the Mughal era. Some of the important ones are St. Mary’s Church, Akbar Church, St. John’s Church, and St. John’s Cathedral. Other than these there are many other cities of Uttar Pradesh including Aligarh, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kanpur where churches depict a historically important past.
Uttar Pradesh not only offers a bunch of Hindu, Muslim or Christian religious sites but also a number of best Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Buddhist attractions in Uttar Pradesh include stupas and monasteries. The important places included in the Buddhist circuit tour in the state are Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his twenty-nine years of life; Kaushambi where he visited after his enlightenment; Kushinagar where one Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana; Sarnath where Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermon; and Sravasti where it believed that he spent 24 years. Also, the state is dotted with a plethora of Jain and Sikh pilgrimage sites that are beautiful and sacred for paying homage.