When you speak of secularism, you hardly can think of states that are more Indian than Uttar Pradesh. This land perfectly portrays secularism that we proudly carry as a badge of honour. In addition, this state provides a perfect blend of Hindu and Islamic religious roots. The cultural hotchpotch in the state brings it on the list of top tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh
The divine rivers that flow through the state carry with them a lot of religious significance. Hence, all these diverse disciplines make this state the land of top tourist destinations in India. Ever wanted to see one of the best spiritual places in the country?
Well, then this is the chance to visit some of the must-visit places of Uttar Pradesh.
The unending food options and the architecture of ImamBara, Lucknow
Filled with the English-era buildings, most of the travellers often ignore the capital city. Also, one ought not to miss the unending varieties of lip-smacking dishes in the city. Places like Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaza have got some of the best architectures in Lucknow.
Bara Imambara is a labyrinth of thousand passageways. The monument is deemed as a symbol of grandeur and pride for the people of Lucknow. La Martinière Boys’ College is the only school in the world to win the award for royal battle honours. The award was for its role in the defence of Lucknow during the mutiny of 1857.
So be wise, and don’t keep your taste buds resisting these delicacies in this food hub of India.
The architectural masterpiece of the emperor Akbar - Fatehpur Sikri
The entire architectural spot of Fatehpur Sikri was the first planned landmark in Indo-Islamic style. The red coloured sandstone structure is one of the most visited tourist spots in Uttar Pradesh. They consider the splendid architectural grandeur as a Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best part about the city is the uniformity.
With breathtaking structures in all directions, it has got similar looking buildings around the city. The Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza, and Diwan-i-Khas are some of the must-visit places in Fatehpur.
The Wonder of the nation and the eternal symbol of love – Taj Mahal
The immaculate embodiment of beauty and serenity is one place which attracts travellers from all across the world. It is one of the very few places which gives you both – a breathtaking sunrise and sunset view. They constructed the World Heritage Site using exquisite marble made of precious stones from Europe. This helps it to attract the tourists which exceed twice the population of Agra.
A sunrise view from the ‘teardrop on the cheek of eternity’ with your loved one next to you. What else could one ask for?! A picture-perfect postcard frame that would make up.
The finest of the forts from the Mughals in India – Agra Fort, Agra
With Taj Mahal in the vicinity, Agra fort has forever been one of the most underrated places. It has been one of the most sublime forts in the country. Talk about the royal courtyards and marbles, it has got it all. The scale of awe a visitor has just kept ascending as he walks through the fort.
Next time you make a trip to Taj Mahal, take out some more time for this sheer beauty. Also, don’t forget to appreciate the beauty of the architecture of chambers and internal structuring of this fort.
Our golden triangle itinerary will make it easier for you to taste the awesomeness of it all
The spectacular structure of Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Park, Lucknow
A trip to Lucknow is incomplete without paying a visit to Ambedkar Park. Also known as Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, this place is a perfect example of gigantic and immense public-park. The magnificent structure is jaw-dropping and looks even more stunning during sunset. This is interestingly one of those underrated places visited in Uttar Pradesh.
The home to the childhood of Lord Krishna - Vrindavan
Vrindavan is famously known as the village where the young Krishna, the Hindu deity, grew up. This becomes a leading reason for the pilgrims from all over the world to flock here. This village is a must-visit place for all those Krishna community followers. It beautifully carries with it, the history of how Lord Krishna grew up in his childhood days.
Naturally, the village is filled with temples all around. Though they all may seem similar, they all have their own share of unique characteristics. Therefore, this place sums up as a perfect outing for the spirituality seekers.
The most sacred, surreal, spiritual and soulful city ever – Varanasi
If there’s one place on earth where you’ll find the start and end terminals of life at the same place, then it’s Varanasi. It never ceases to bewilder the tourists with colours all around representing a congregation of various disciplines. So, what’s the first thing you can think of when asked about Varanasi Ghats! Isn’t it?!
Manikarnika Ghat, the main burning ghat, is the most auspicious place for a Hindu to cremate dead bodies. Along with this, there are a lot more ghats where life completes one entire circle.
Go through our Varanasi destination page to embark on a spiritual journey in India.
The spiritual landmark for all the devotees – Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Varanasi is a city which has temples at every corner. The famous one of the lot is Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the lord of the universe. They built the current temple in 1776; the 800 kg of gold plating on the tower and dome was supplied by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore 50 years later. There’s also a well in the temple premise which has a pool of water. People believe that a dip in the pool can wash their sins.
If these things don’t push you yet to visit Varanasi, then we don’t know what will!
The enticing and intriguing point of confluence – Sangam, Allahabad
Famed for its Sangam (confluence of rivers) and the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad is an important tourism destination in Uttar Pradesh. The city has been an important part of Indian history and has also been the home of eminent Indian celebrities like Jawaharlal Nehru and Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
Allahabad boasts its British era buildings, Mughal fort and tombs, and its special ‘red guavas. Also, people believe that a holy dip in this confluence will wash one of all the sins. Also, the Aarti(the lighting of the candles) should not be missed at the ghats around this Sangam.
Ever wanted to witness two different colours of water bodies in one place? Then this is the end of your wait!
Don’t miss the chance to be a part of Kumbh Mela. Book your trip with our Kumbh Mela Tour With Golden Triangle.
The auspicious birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura
This village was once a centre for Buddhists and home to numerous monks. However, today it’s all reduced to remains of the older sights of recovered beautiful sculptures. ‘Krishna Bhumi’ or the land of Krishna, Mathura is amongst the most visited places in Uttar Pradesh. Temples dot around the famed Vrindavan and a sacred Yamuna River flow past it. Devotees throng the entire line, with 25 ghats, at dawn and sunset.
The austerity at the place of Buddha’s last sermon, Kushinagar
Kushinagar is a very popular destination for Buddhists in India. This place is known for Lord Buddha to make his last sermon. Therefore, this place is of high importance amongst the Buddhist devotees. One of the must-visit places in Uttar Pradesh when in Mathura is the Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka temple. It is erected at a place where Buddha is said to have been cremated. This place has made a place for itself on Hiuen Tsang’s travelogues. Other places to visit include Wat Thai, Kushinagar museum etc.
Check out our Buddhist destinations blog to dive deeper into the opulent possession of Buddhism in India.
The spot where the first of sermons started for Lord Buddha, Sarnath
If you just had witnessed the place where the last sermon of Buddha happened, then Sarnath just provides you with the spot where the first sermon of Buddha took place. The rich excavations in this city conducted reveal how ancient this city had flourished. It is the neighbour of the city of Varanasi. Today, it is one of the most important destinations in India.
Our Sarnath destination page will take your closer to enlightenment.
Diverse and scenic views, Dudhwa National park
If you thought Uttar Pradesh is all about temples and historical monuments, well, then think again!
Dudhwa National Park and Tiger Reserve are one of the most scenic and diverse parks in Uttar Pradesh. The fertile lands of the national park facilitate the survival of a wide range of flora and fauna. The Royal Bengal tiger remains the most popular animal found here at the park.
Get glimpses of the marine life with an excursion to the Chambal Safari
Thought you could never get to see the aquatic animal life on this spiritual land?!
Well, then you should take a day’s excursion to the Chambal island while travelling in and around Agra.
You can take a river cruise to visit the famous Shiva temple and witness the alligators and crocodiles. There are a number of islands in the middle of the Chambal River. One can just not afford to miss the experience of watching the crocodiles taking a sunbath on the islands. And if you are that lucky one, you’ll end up spotting one of the dolphins too!
The historical land where Lord Rama was born – Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya
Ayodhya is one of the most ancient and sacred places for Hindus. People of the village believe that Lord Rama took his birth in this land. It is a perfect place for the blend of secular religions of Hinduism and Islam. Since it was the place which was home to the iconic Babri Masjid of the 16th century. Also, one must not miss a trip to Ramkatha Museum while in Ayodhya. It showcases the epic story of Ramayana in the form of paintings and sculptures.
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The city that's well known as the mini version of Varanasi, Chitrakoot
Chitrakut attracts numerous pilgrims, due to its rich religious culture, especially at Ram-Ghat, the town’s centre of activity. Yet another spot for religious visitors is the hill of Kamadgiri. One of the most strikingly special things about this place is its spiritual significance. The three principal Hindu deities Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu took their incarnations at this place. Also, the peaceful town at the bank of River Mandakini is not to be missed.
The commercial hub amidst the religious and spiritual buzz, Aligarh
Aligarh is the commercial hub of the state and has the historical traces of the lock manufacturing industry. In addition, it has a historical past dating back to the battle of Ally Ghur fought between the British and the French. Want to go out shopping for some Pajamas? Well, then this is the right place to do that! The state is also well famed for the education centre it has in the Aligarh University.
The land where the history runs back to the era of Indus Valley Civilization, Meerut
Like the other cities of Uttar Pradesh, many incessant attacks struck Meerut in the historic times. However, there’s a lot to explore in this city of historic importance. Not to forget, the iconic buildings date back to the era of the Indus Valley Civilization. And, one shouldn’t just miss visiting the stunning monuments and memorials in the city.
Oozing out holiness from every nook and cranny, Pratapgarh
Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh is one gem in the rough. With a plethora of temples to visit and offer prayers to the lord, this one is unmissable. Situated on the banks of river Sai is the holy temple of Bela Bhawani. Also, while you’re visiting the temple, make sure to take a dip in the sacred river Sai which has even been mentioned in the Puranas.
Furthermore, if you’ve come so far it is only very imperative to go back to Allahabad to visit Patalpuri temple which is basically underground within the Allahabad Fort. See? Even such a quaint little town has so much to offer to you!
The place that reeks of courage and bravado, Jhansi
Enter the gateway to the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. Yes, the very region that brags about stories of valor, courage, and bravery in the past. Jhansi is one of the historically most significant places in UP.
Earlier, it was known as Balwant Nagar under the rule of Chandelas. Furthermore, make it a point to visit the famous Jhansi Fort that is decked up with intricate carvings and beautiful architecture.
Well, are you a history buff? This is the place for you then. Have you heard of the famous Rani Laxmi Bai? Well, get to witness her past through the Rani Jhansi Museum and the Rani Mahal.
Also, what fun is there if you don’t happen to be a part of regional extravaganza? If it is somewhere around February or March that you’re visiting the city, make sure to be a part of Jhansi Mahotsav. This week-long celebration is one melting pot of art, culture, and traditions of the place. Sure, you can’t really miss out on that, now can you?
A religiously safe haven, Gorakhpur
Situated along the banks of river Rapti, this religiously influential town was named after the saint Gorakhnath. Did you know that? Well, now you do!
Furthermore, make it a point to visit Gorakhnath temple if you happen to visit this sacred town of Uttar Pradesh. It is home to the shrine of saint Gorakhnath. It was this man who preached humanity and yoga all over the town. Also, if you’re a history buff, then again, the archaeological museum exhibiting the culture and heritage of Gorakhpur will leave you entranced. The sculpture, old coins, and old jewellery have a special old-world charm attached to them. Worth visiting it, we promise.
Later, the world’s most significant press for publishing Hindu scriptures and books awaits your Visit. Gita press will instil an odd sense of curiosity in you. Care to visit it?
Witness a blend of modern and old, Noida
Alright, brace yourself to witness the racing ground for the Indian Grand Prix in Noida. Noida is one fine amalgamation of all things culture and modernism. For an automobile fanatic to a nature freak, Noida has it all. Furthermore, make sure to breathe in the fresh air at the botanical garden where nature is at its best. Also, get ready to customise your own favourite paintings at the stupa art gallery. The enchanting collection will take your breath away. And, you can’t shop when you travel. Hurry to the famous Atta Market to get everything in peanuts. From shoes to sweaters, you’ll have it all. Well, you can thank us later.
A wonderful wonder, Kanpur
A trip to Uttar Pradesh demands to visit Kanpur in all its glory. The bizarre and raw winding lanes of the city may get on your nerves at times but what the city has to offer is all the more incredible. Visit the holy JK temple to offer prayers to Lord Krishna and goddess Radha within its sanctum Sanctorum. Marvel at the shlokas written on the well-carved walls and pillars of this pious temple.
Furthermore, Moti Jheel adorned with gardens around it is the perfect place to relax and appreciate the grandiosity of nature.
There’s more than what meets the eye. Kanpur is one melting pot of culture and traditions. Well, it’s a must visit is all that we can say.
Back to the basics in Hastinapur
Furthermore, set foot in all things religion in Hastinapur.
Back in the glorious past during the Mahabharata, this town is the centre of all the stories and legends. And if that’s wasn’t enough, this holy town is the birthplace of three Jain Tirthankaras.
This town of Mahabharata brims with Jain pilgrimage centres beside keeping the spirit of mythology alive till this date. Take a walk in the local streets to interact with the people. If you’re lucky, they might welcome you in their homes to let you in on its glorious past and the stories of the same. Well, it’s never too late, now is it?
Pray within the walls of Bateshwar Temple in the wild.
With a complex brimming with 101 temples, Bateshwar temple complex is one religiously significant destination in Uttar Pradesh.
Nestled by the banks of River Yamuna, this complex of temples is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Bateshwar Mahadev. It’s only justified with your travel plans to witness a breathtaking sunrise and sunset by the river here. The crimson sky with nothing but tranquility around you will help you calm your inner self and probably help you discover the inner core of you.
Furthermore, let the walls and the well-carved ceilings enchant you while you bask in the beauty of the intricacies.
Oh, and by the way, do pay a visit to this quaint town of Bateshwar in the months on October or November to rejoice in the pomp of The Grand Cattle Fair.
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Walk on the grounds of religious significance, Deogarh
Deogarh is one quintessential town that you need to check off your bucket list if you happen to visit the holy grounds of Uttar Pradesh.
With a massive Shiva temple known as Baba Baidyanath Temple, this city boasts of a holy jyotirlinga within its sanctum Sanctorum and an even beautiful white marble architecture. Fun quotient? Well, there is a small hill nearby which has a spectacular Nandi temple.
Settled within the lush greenery of nature the temple keeps a park for children embracing it. Furthermore, Deogarh has a heritage dating back to Gupta dynasty which brags about superior architecture that has stood through the ravages of time. If that wasn’t enough, there are caves a few kilometres from Deogarh where sage Valmiki is said to have come for penance.
Go ahead , pray before the Shiva lingam in Taponath Mahadeva temple in one of the caves. Blessings will be on their way to you, we promise.
A culmination of everything into one, Sonbhadra
Sonbhadra is an amalgamation of heritage, wildlife and you name it.
The 400 ft tall walls of Vijaygarh Fort are intimidating yet so proud. And you know what is the best part? It respects nature as is!
More than half of the area within the fort brims with the hills of Kaimur range. If you’re an art fanatic along with a history hacker, this should be your Go-to in the quaint town of Sonbhadra. The cave paintings and the sculptures within the fort are breathtakingly gorgeous while the carvings and the frescoes steal the show.
Let the inner wildlife and adventure freak in you out at Chandra Prabha wildlife sanctuary. Walk in the trails and appreciate the grandeur of nature while Rajdari and Devdari falls plan on sweeping you off your feet with their exquisite natural beauty.
Oh, and by the way, there’s fossil park too in Kaimur wildlife sanctuary in Sonbhadra. Shhh..just saying. *hints*
Respecting Jainism in its own way, Badagaon Bada Gaon in Uttar Pradesh will make you come across the special history and details about Jainism. With a temple so spectacular that is home to the idol of Lord Parshwanath, this place respects Jainism and vouches for it. Did you know that lord Parshvanath was one of the holy Jain Tirthankaras?
Well, now you do! The idol is rumoured to have recovered from a well that is said to have healing powers in its water. The relaxed ambience in the Bada Gaon temple steals the show.
Furthermore, head to Trilok Teerth temple in Badagaon which is one of the tallest Jain temples in Uttar Pradesh. While you’re there, take a break to medicate in the Lotus temple within its complex. Spirituality becomes you.
Once in a lifetime it is must visit this magnificent extravaganza, Kumbh Mela at Triveni Sangam
Well, even the name of it is enough to tell the world how special it is.
Wondering what we’re talking about? The world famous Kumbh Mela takes place on the banks of the confluence of three holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati in Allahabad.
The confluence is known as the Triveni Sangam. Even the colour of the water at the confluence is distinguishable for the three rivers. But that’s not the point. Kumbh Mela observes a football of millions of people when it Happens once in 12 years.
The devotees, pilgrims and the ones starving for the culture and tradition of Uttar Pradesh make it a point to be there. The vibrant and colourful atmosphere with happiness and faith protecting the auras of the visitors make this fair magnificently significant. And guess what? This fair goes on for a period of whopping 3 months! You know why devotees come here?
Well, legend had it that taking a dip in the river here washes away all the suns leading to a path of Nirvana or Moksha. Be that as it may, you have to be there as and when it happens because if Uttar Pradesh is unapologetically proud of one thing, it is this out-of-the-world fair.
For the keeps, Anand Bhawan in Allahabad
Get ready to go back in history when the first prime minister of India was a tiny toddler playing in the garden outside his home Anand Bhawan in Allahabad. Turned to a museum currently, this spectacular old-world edifice exhibits the significant parts of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi daily lives. Owned by the government of India, Anand Bhawan has been kept in fine state and takes pride in showcasing the memorabilia of the Nehru family.
Did you know that there is a special room dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in which he used to stay during his frequent visits? Also, needs! We have news for you.
There is Nehru Planetarium in the complex which conducts astronomical shows everyday and tell us, it is mind boggling and intriguing. Care to book tickets for one when in Allahabad?
Our Allahabad destination page will give you deeper insights into this incredible town.
Of course, you need time to pamper yourself in the famous Hazratganj Market, Lucknow
Step into the lanes of the “Park Avenue” of Lucknow where people come craving for food, clothes, perfumes, and everything culture.
This market is huge and every lane speaks of the stories of the past when it was established by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. Care to take a bagful of souvenirs?
Well, Lucknow is particularly famous for an art known as chicken on the fabrics. Get yourself some gorgeous chiken Kurtis and flaunt them all. The embroidery is intricate and charming on its own.
Also, you can’t just miss out on the street food in Lucknow. The famous Mughlai cuisine will make you lick your fingers good. Ready to dive right in creamy gravy with a piece of chicken in your other hand?
Dive right in the incredible Mirzapur
Brace yourself to get closer to nature if you happen to check off Mirzapur from your travel list. Nestled among the Vindhyas this spectacular destination is nothing short of magic with so much to offer to you. Unravel the beauty of nature while you visit Vindhyachal, which is basically a pilgrimage centre. The holy river Ganga graces the magnificence of this town. We suggest you watch a sunset or a sunrise by the ghats and it will be etched into your memories for life.
If that wasn’t enough, the cave paintings and the clock tower which is compared to the Big Ben in London are the show stealers.
What are you waiting for? Book your tickets already.
Oh, and by the way, Mirzapur houses some kickass brassware and carpets. A little shopping doesn’t hurt, now does it?
The best of battlegrounds, Aligarh
Resonating with the stories of battles and victories, Aligarh deserves a golden page in the history of India. The British took over the Aligarh Fort from the Maratha Confederacy.
While you’re there, make sure to visit the historically significant, yet ransacked Aligarh fort where every stone echoes the blood and tears shed to protect the colossal edifice in the past.
You know what? You should even pay a visit to the famous Aligarh Muslim University.
Furthermore, the city is proud of the rich cultural heritage that it is home to. Make sure to shop and window shop for it’s your vacation, folks.
The birthplace of the divine, Kapilvastu
Also known as Shakya capital, Kapilvastu is the sacred place where Lord Buddha was born.
Well, you can only understand by the gravity of that fact that you’ll be surrounded in an ambience giving you an odd sense of calm and contentment.
And you know what? The archaeological survey of India has found a lot of historically significant things in here. Furthermore, the stupas here are in abundance and emanate positivity and messages of the Buddha himself.
Of course, you can’t miss out on this holy destination in Uttar Pradesh. Grab your tickets already.
The capital of Kauravas of Mahabharata, Sardhana
Located well near to Meerut, this town is historically opulent for it was the capital of Kauravas of Mahabharata.
And if you didn’t know, we are here to tell you that this place observes a massive footfall from the Christians owing to the fact that it is home to the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces.
Food for knowledge? Pandavas prayed in the sanctity of this town before leaving for Lakshagrah at the confluence of Hindon and Krishna rivers.
To understand the religious significance and magnificence of India, it is imperative to visit Uttar Pradesh.
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