Travel to Uttar Pradesh

Strategically located in the northern part of India (as the very name suggests), Uttar Pradesh has consistently dominated the politics of India to a large extent. Since Independence in 1947 till date the state has produced seven Prime Ministers out of ten in the country.


Since times immemorial, several culture and tradition has blossomed in the soil of Uttar Pradesh. Myth, religion and history have engaged into a curious interplay in the land to give birth to a number of interesting destinations.
Travel to Uttar Pradesh
The foremost of all is definitely fabled Taj Mahal, which is as much as the emblem of Indian tourism. No word would be sufficient to describe the beauty of the monument, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Travel to Uttar Pradesh to see how the genius of men has created sheer poetry out solid marbles.

A travel to Uttar Pradesh would take you to Varanasi the oldest living city of the world. Thousands of years old temples and the Indian monks would take you to a quaint journey to the past.

How to Reach Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is popularly known as the land of fabled Taj Mahal. The state also has a few more internationally renowned destinations within it, like: Varanasi, Lucknow. Innumerable tourists visit the state every year in lure of these destinations and many others. Tourism is considered a foremost industry in Uttar Pradesh and it contributes a lot to the state's economy. This has led to a substantial growth of infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh.

By Air

The state has four domestic airports in it, namely: Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, and Varanasi. So all major destinations have own airport near it. They are connected by regular flights of important public and private airlines to cities like Delhi, Mumbai.

By Road

An extensive road network covers the state thoroughly. National Highways 2, 25, 26, 27, 29, and 45 and a number of State Highways run through the state. Agra, the most famous destination in Uttar Pradesh is nearly 4 hours drive from Delhi.

By Train

Notable tourist destinations in the state, viz: Agra, Varanasi, Lucknow are conveniently networked by Railways with the rest of the country. Many express, super-fast and passenger trains service these stations on a regular basis.

Places to See in Uttar Pradesh

Talking about Uttar Pradesh tourist destinations, one can talk elaborately on the picturesque sites of the Himalayan foot-hills! Uttar Pradesh tourist destinations, set amid the beautiful landscape of the Himalayas, is indeed, a delight to the tourists!

Agra
Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri make Agra one of most sought-after destinations in the world. Agra is known for its culture, art, and religious philosophies that have enriched human thought over centuries.Agra houses one of the seven wonders of the world - Taj Mahal. More Details... How to Reach Agra

By Air

Agra is connected to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi by Indian Airlines. Kheria Airport is located at a distance of about 9 kilometer from Government of India Tourist Office.

By Rail
Agra is a prominent railway junction on main rail routes to the south, east, and west. Shatabdi Express (between Delhi and Bhopal) and Taj Express (between Delhi and Gwalior) make Agra easily accessible.

By Road
A few important road distances from Agra are Bharatpur - 54 kilometer., Delhi - 204 kilometer, and Gwalior - 119 kilometer. 
 Tourist Attractions in Agra

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal as a memento of his favorite Queen, Mumtaz. It was completed in 1653 AD. It is one of India's most beautiful monuments.

Sikandra Fort
Sikandra Fort

It reflects the philosophy and secular outlook of Akbar in its blend of the best of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It was completed by his son Jahangir in 1613 AD.

Agra Fort
Mughal Emperor Akbar started the construction of this fort in 1565 AD.
 Agra Fort
Though it was finally completed during the time of his grandson Shah Jahan.

Itmad-Ud-Daulah
It is the tomb of Mirza Ghyas Beg, a Persian who served in Akbar's Court.
 Itmad-Ud-Daulah
The tomb was built by Emperor Jahangir's Queen, Noorjahan during 1622-1628 AD.

Radha Swami Samadhi
The holy ashes of the founder of Radhaswami religion are preserved here.
Radha Swami Samadhi
There is a beautiful temple in the premises.

Allahabad
According to Hindu mythology, Allahabad was given the status of the king of all pilgrimage center by Lord Brahma, the creator god.
Allahabad is located at a distance of 128 kilometer from Varanasi at the confluence of three rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is one of the oldest cities of India and a pilgrimage spot. Allahabad is famous for the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh Melas. 


How to Reach Allahabad

By Air
The near airports are located at Varanasi (147 kilometer) and Lucknow (210 kilometer).

By Train
Important cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Patna, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Gwalior, Meerut, Lucknow, Kanpur, and Varanasi have direct rail connections with Allahabad.

By Road
Allahabad is situated on National Highways 2 and 27. Agra - 433 kilometer, Kanpur - 200 kilometer, and Ahmedabad - 1207 kilometer.

Tourist Attractions in Allahabad

Sangam
Here the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati merge into one.
Sangam
During the Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh, it comes alive with millions of devotees from all over the country.

Allahabad Fort
Emperor Akbar built this lofty fort in 1583 AD on the bank of river Yamuna.
Allahabad Fort
A polished sandstone Ashokan pillar as old as 232 BC stands inside the fort.

All Saints Cathedral
It is perhaps the finest Anglican cathedral in Asia. It is dedicated to the memory of all those people who have faith in God. It is a specimen of 13th century Gothic architectural style.
All Saints Cathedral
It was designed by Sir William Emerson and reflects colonial architecture.

Hanuman Temple
The Hanuman Temple is located near Sangam. It has the largest image of Lord Hanuman.

Jawahar Planetarium
Jawahar Planetarium
It offers a celestial trip. A moon model is displayed in the planetarium.

Varanasi

Varanasi is an old living city of the world. Buddhist scriptures as well as the epic Mahabharata contains one of the earliest descriptions of Varanasi. Its connection with myths, legends and religion attracts a large number of pilgrims from all over the world.Varanasi's prominence in Hindu mythology is unquestionable. More Details...

Varanasi, aka Benaras, is the vital part of Uttar Pradesh tourist destinations. The major locations in Varanasi that is worth seeing are:

    Ghats
    Sarnath
    Ramnagar
    Ashokan Pillars


How to Reach Varanasi
By Air
Indian Airlines flights fly to Babatpur Airport. This airport is 22 kilometer away from Varanasi and 30 kilometer away from Sarnath. A direct daily flight flies between Varanasi and New Delhi.

By Train
Varanasi is a prominent rail junction. Trains from all metros and major cities across the country travel to the city. A few important trains from Varanasi station are Kashi Vishwanath Express (Varanasi-Delhi), Shramjivi Express (Patna- Varanasi-Delhi), Farakka Express (MaldaTown-Varanasi-Bhiwani), and Saryu-Yamuna Express (Muzzafarpur-Varanasi-Delhi).

By Road
Varanasi is connected to the rest of India by motorable roads. Some important road distances are: Agra - 565 kilometer, Allahabad - 128 kilometer, and Bhopal - 791 kilometer.

Tourist Attractions in Varanasi

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir
It is also known as Golden Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity in Varanasi. More than the Ghats and the Ganga, the Shivalinga in the temple is the devotional focus of Varanasi.

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies : In the entire world, it is the only institute of its kind.

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir

It imparts education in the Tibetan language. It is presently located at Sarnath. It is famous for its rare collection of Tibetan manuscripts, Buddhist texts and other journals.

Maharaja Banaras Vidya Mandir Museum
Maharaja Balwant Singh (1740-70 AD) originally built Ramnager fort. The Banaras Vidya Mandir Museum is situated in the Ramnager fort.
Maharaja Banaras Vidya Mandir Museum
The museum collection includes textiles, pieces of decorative arts, old palkis, furniture and manuscripts.

                            Shopping in Uttar Pradesh
Shopping in Uttar Pradesh is a veritable delight. The state has a rich tradition of handicrafts, which make for the popular items for shopping in Uttar Pradesh

Stone carving, embroidery and weaving have attained a height of perfection at then skilled hands of artisans in Uttar Pradesh. While Mathura and Varanasi have developed the stone carving, Agra and Lucknow the state capital is the seat of embroidery in Uttar Pradesh.

In anywhere in Uttar Pradesh you would find exquisite stone carved items like: marble boxes, wall plates, table tops and not to mention the numerous replicas of the Taj Mahal. Most of them are made of marble, sandstone, and precious and semi precious stones. The Chikankari embroidery of Lucknow and Zardozi of Agra are overwhelmingly beautiful art works, which would leave you spoilt for choice while shopping in Uttar Pradesh.

Besides, there are many other items for shopping in Uttar Pradesh, like leatherwork in Kanpur, glassware of Firozabad.

While shopping in Uttar Pradesh, look for:


ZardoziStone carved artifacts
Silk SarisGlassware
ChikankariLeather Craft
JewelryPottery
MetalwareBangles


You can shop virtually anywhere in the state. Most notable destinations and cities have abundant government emporia and private shops offering you various options for shopping in Uttar Pradesh. The colorful bazaars with the assortment of variegated artifacts would offer you a visual treat

Hotels in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is a union of culture and nature. As a result, people come to this state throughout the year. There are many tourists as well as religious places in the state which are visited by thousands of tourist every year. To accommodate the tourists and travellers, Uttar Pradesh has many hotels which cater to all kind of travellers. There are budget hotels, mid-range hotels to luxurious five star hotels and resorts. So, accommodation in Uttar Pradesh is not so difficult. Some of the popular hotels in Uttar Pradesh are:
  • The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
  • Trident, Agra
  • Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate
  • Hotel Rivatas by Ideal, Varanasi
  • Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
  • The Continental Clarks Inn, Lucknow
  • Hotel Yatrik, Allahabad
  • Brijwasi Lands Inn, Mathura
  • Clarks Inn Bareilly
  • Godwin Hotel, Meerut
  • Little Chef Hotel, Kanpur
 Travel Map of Uttar Pradesh

Travel Map of Uttar Pradesh