Uttar Pradesh Travel Guide
Where is Uttar Pradesh?
Uttar Pradesh, the fifth-largest state in the Union of India, covers a large part of the Gangetic Plain. It shares its boundary with Nepal and Tibet on the north, Himachal Pradesh on the northwest, Haryana and Delhi on the west, Rajasthan on the southwest, Madhya Pradesh on the south, and Bihar on the east.
What is the state famous for?
The monumental treasure Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra. The state also boasts of having some very sacred pilgrimage centers of the country like Varanasi and Mathura. Lucknow is popular for its ‘Nawabi Culture’ and for the courteous behavior of the people.
What are the main spoken languages?
Hindi, Urdu, and English are the main spoken languages of the state.
Which are the important cities?
The important cities of Uttar Pradesh are Agra, Allahabad, Lucknow, Jhansi, Kanpur, Mathura, Meerut, Aligarh, Noida, and Varanasi.
Agra – Uttar Pradesh Travel Guide
Lying at the confluence of the holy rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati, Allahabad is an important pilgrimage center in the country. The city of Allahabad is a perfect amalgam of history, culture, and religion.
The city is widely popular for its cultural refinement and cultivated manners. The this erstwhile ‘City of Nawabs’ still retains much of its charm to bedazzle the visitors. Bada Imambara, ChhotaImambara, Rumi Darwaza, QaisarBagh Palace, and Jami Masjid are sure to take you back in times of the Nawabs, contemplating the Nawabi culture and their sense of style.
The city of Jhansi provides enough testament to the valor and glamour that prevailed there in ancient times. The Jhansi Fort, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo, is the key attraction of the place. Other tourist attractions of the city are Maha Lakshmi Temple, Rani Mahal, Government Museum, and Ganesh Mandir.
The city offers a number of places to visit. The Kanpur Memorial Church was erected in the year 1875 to honor the British who lost their lives in the mutiny of 1857. The church is built in the Lombardic Gothic style. Other attractions include Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Indian Institute of Technology, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur Zoo, PhoolBagh, and Nana Rao Park.
The city is counted among the world’s ancient centers for learning and wisdom. The city is a very sacred city of the Hindus and therefore is held in high esteem by the people of the country. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city stands the famous ShriKashiVishwanathMandir. Other worth-visiting places of the city are the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Bharat Kala Bhawan, Banaras Hindu University, KashiVidyaPeeth, Alamgir Mosque, Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, and lots more.
What does the climate say?
The climate of Uttar Pradesh varies from moderately temperate to tropical monsoon. In the plains, the average temperature ranges between 12.5 to 17.5 degrees centigrade in January and between 27.5 to 32.5 degrees centigrade in May and June. During the winter’s temperature drops down to a minimum of 4.2 degrees centigrade. In the eastern part of the state, the rainfall ranges between 1000 and 2000 mm while in the west it is between 600 and 1000 mm. October to March is the ideal time to visit.
Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries?
Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh is no less than a paradise for animal lovers. The northern edge of the park lies along the Indo-Nepal border, while the river Suheli marks the southern boundary. The inmates of the sanctuary include elephant, spotted dear, stag deer, barking deer, blue bull, wild boar, fox, porcupine, jungle fowls, peacocks, etc. Jeeps and minibusses can be hired from the park for a safari. Elephant rides are available too.
What can be the best buys?
The state of Uttar Pradesh has abundant testimony to prove the ace craftsmanship of the artisans. The exquisite Chikan work of Lucknow is famous all over. Brassware of Moradabad, glasswork of Firozabad, woolen carpets of Bhadoi and Mirzapur, terra cotta of Gorakhpur, and hand printing of Farrukhabad is very popular inside and outside the country. Agra is known for its leather industry all over. Here one can buy leather shoes, leather bags, leather belts, and various other leather-made items.