Uttar Pradesh located in north side in India and it is second large state of India after Maharashtra. With 200 million of population it is most populated state of India. Uttar Pradesh is ranked 1st for domestic tourist arrivals among all Indian states it has around 71 million tourist arrivals each year. It has vibrant culture, ancient places, monuments, festivals and ancient places of worship, Uttar Pradesh is home of three World Heritage Sites which are The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. We have selection some of top tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh.
1. The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal describe as “Crown of the Palaces” it is a ivory white marble mausoleum located south side of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favourite Mumtaz.
In 1983 Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taj Mahal attracts huge number of tourist from all around the India as well as world. As per the records it has 2 million tourists in 2001. A two tier pricing system is there 50 INR for Indian tourists and 1100 INR for foreign tourists. In October, November and February it has most of the tourists crowd.
2. Agra Fort
Until 1638 Agra Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal. It was buit by Akbar in 1573, the total area is 380,000 square meter, Agra Fort is also 2nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
After Panipat battle in 1526, Babar was stayed in the Fort. Currently the entry to Agra Fort Is allowed on Amar Singh gate only some portion of the fort is used by the Indian Army. The fort is very expensive and contains multiple buildings that is also worth to visit.
3. Fatehpur Sikri
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uttar Pradesh, it is Fatehpur Sikri is a small town in Agra Distric it is about 40KM’s from Agara, the nearest airport it in Agra City. Fatehpur Sikri is famous for its Buland Darwaza, a 177 ft entrance to Fatehpur Sikri complex.
The name Buland Darwaza is an urdu word and it literally means Magnificent Door. The height of Buland Darwaza is around 54 meters from the ground level. This was build by Akbar in 1601.The are persian lines written on the main gateway. So be there and find what those lines are and what does that really means.
Vrindavan is the most important place to be visited by a Hindu person. It is the most prolific place which is associated with Lord Krishna. Vrindavan and Mathura are considered as the twin holy cities of India. There are many temple which are a long dated back that also holds significance importance in Indian history.
The main tourist attraction of Vrindawan are Yamuna River, Govind Dev Temple, Iskcon Temple, Kesi Ghat Bankey Bihari Temple, Shahji Temple and Rangaji Temple.
Sangam which is situated in Allahabad is one of the most known holy place in Uttar Pradesh. The name itself means the combining into one. The three most important rivers combines into one here, rivers name being Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati.
The actual location of Sangam is called Triveni, located on the banks of River Ganga & Yamuna. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims around the world. Actually for the visitors only two rivers are seen to join each other , third being the mythical river. It is believed that the third river flows benath the earth and meets other two from its base .It is believed that the person should take holy dip where the three meets each other. It is the most sacred place here.
6. ISKCON Temple
ISKCON or International Society for Krishna Consciousness was established by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. Its main motive is to preach the teaching of Bhagwad Gita & Vedas. Hence by doing so it claims to clears the though process of the individuals who comes in seek of eternal knowledge.
The ISKCON temple in Vrindavan was created in the year 1975. This temple is created with marbles and beautified with stones. The temple consist of three Altars. The center Altar is dedicated to Krishna and Balaram. The left Altar is dedicated to Sri Gaur Nitai and remaining one to Sri Radha Shyamasundara. You can different kinds of Aratis at different time of the day making it extremely spiritual experience in all for all the devotes and tourist’s.
7. Phool Bagh
Phool Bagh also known as Ganesh Udhyan is one of the most beautiful and picturesque place situated in Kanpur. Kanpur is also known for its serene beauty as whole city is situated at the bank of river Ganga. the Phool Bagh is not an ordinary garden. It has its historic importance. After the end of world war the centre building was transformed into Orthopedic Rehabilitation. It served as the pain relief for all those who were injured in war. The center building is now known as Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial (K.E.M. Hall).
Nowadays the center building is used for public meeting purpose. the flower show is organised once every year. This garden has some of the rare plants and tree collection. It is one the most maintained park in Kanpur.
8. Kanpur Sangrahalaya
Kanpur Sangrahalaya / Kanpur Museum is a museum in Kanpur, the industrial hub of Uttar Pradesh in North India. It is the official museum in Kanpur. It was built by the British as King Edward Memorial Hall in honour of Edward VII. It is a storehouse of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the events and people who have influenced the making of Kanpur city and tell many interesting details about the historical past of the city.
As it is the official museum, it is the primary local institution serving as source of information about history of Kanpur.
9. Moti Masjid
The Agra Moti Masjid was built by the very powerful Mughal emperor and a worshiper of art famously called Shah Jahan. During the rule of Shah Jahan , numerous architectural wonders were built. Today most of these are the feast for the eyes. However coming back to the Moti Masjid it can be said that Moti Masjid earned the epithet Pearl Mosque for it shined like a pearl. This mosque was constructed for the royal members of the Shah Jahan court.
Moti Masjid in Agra is a delightful sight for eyes. Its architectural features are quite similar to that of the St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow.The Agra Moti Masjid is very close to the city center.
Ayodhya as a place holds significance importance to Hindu religion but it also holds equal importance to the Jains. Jain temples mark the place where these tirthankaras were born. Five of the twenty four tirthankaras were born here. These ancient Jain temples are some of the most frequented tourist destinations and bears the hallmark of Jainism. Inscription on these temples tells of the advent of Jainism and the many thirthankaras and their sayings.The place was repeatedly attacked during the reign of Mahmud Ghazni and many a temples were destroyed. Sumantanath, Ayodhya is one of the most important Monuments in Ayodha.