Tourist Places in Uttar Pradesh
Tourist places in Uttar Pradesh are several given the size and location of the state in the country. It is the most populous state of India and accounts for 8.34% of the total country’s GDP as of the financial year of 2010.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has several cities and towns which are rich in cultural and historical heritage. Cities such as Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow are renowned for their historical importance and cultural heritage, not barring the latest modern developments that are taking place in these cities.
Uttar Pradesh tours are incomplete without a tour of the city of Agra. With the world famous Taj Mahal being located in this city by the banks of the river Yamuna, it draws millions of visitors not only from various parts of the country but throughout the world. Agra not only has the historical Taj Mahal to boast of, but has several other historical and religious monuments which are worthy of tourist attraction. Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Agra Fort are reminiscent of the great Mughal architecture and the majestic rule of the great king Akbar. Besides these, Rajaswami Samadhi, Jama Masjid are renowned historical monuments which are visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Allahabad is one of the largest cities in this state. This city has great significance especially to the Hindus due to the confluence of the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The Sangam of these three rivers is considered holy and this city attracts millions of pilgrims around the world during holy occasions such as the Kumbh Mela which is held every twelve years.
Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, lies by the river Gomti. This city is the epitome of Urdu literature and music and it still adheres to its rich cultural past. There are many renowned universities, old and new which serve as great seats of learning in the country. The city has several historical monuments, parks and gardens which are a must see for tourists.
Ayodhya is a religious city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Known as the birth place of Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this place has religious significance for several other religions such as Buddhism, Islam, Jainism and others.
Varanasi or Benaras is another holy city for the Hindus primarily. Filled with temples, ghats by the side of the river Ganges, this city is sought by those who wish to spend their time in the worship of their God or religion as well as those who wish to perform the last rites of their family members by the river Ganges in this holy city.
Uttar Pradesh has several such cities which have great historical, cultural and religious importance to Indians. Thus, Uttar Pradesh tours of the tourist places in Uttar Pradesh are highly popular and sought after throughout the year.