Uttar Pradesh Tourism

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Heritage | Religious 


Ideal duration: 4 - 12 days

Best time: October to March (Read More)

Major Airports: Lucknow, Varanasi, Allahabad

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Uttar Pradesh, India

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and flaunting exquisite arts like the handicrafts and jewellery Uttar Pradesh is a bountiful state and an utterly religious one. It is the home to some of the most beautiful monuments and cultural sights in India. The home to diverse religious people, this state boasts of the various cultural and religious fests. With massive royal influence in the fields of dance and music and arts, this state is home to one of the first classical dances of India, Kathak.

The state is also known for its Nawabi style in food, can advertise fantastic street food like the samosa and kachori as well as the royal meaty feasts and kebabs. The land of Ram, Lord Krishna, the Buddha and the Taj Mahal- Uttar Pradesh, rich in diversity, transcends all boundaries of art and culture and brings together a lively mix of people from all around the nation.

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What's Great?

On a well-planned 5-7 days long trip to UP, one can cover many things on their wish list in a go. From the Taj Mahal to the Ghats of Varanasi, from the city of Lucknow to the incredible Jhansi fort, there's such great diversity to explore.

What's not so Great?

While UP happens to be a popular centre for tourism, the infrastructural facilities on local transportation, maintenance and management of tourists spots aren't in the best form.

For Whom

Uttar Pradesh has something for everyone; from couples to families, a group of friends to solo backpackers.

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Taj Mahotsav is an annual fest that starts from the 18th of February to the 27th February every year, organised by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism in the majestic city of Agra. It takes place in Shilpgram, near the Eastern Gate of the beautiful Taj Mahal and the initiative was initiated in the year 1992. The aim of the fest is to honour and celebrate the cultural heritage of the city. Every year, hundreds of local artisans associate themselves with the Taj Mahotsav to display their work as it's a great chance for craft lovers to spot talented artists and shop for exquisite handicrafts.

The cave paintings of Sonbhadra and Chitrakoot are documentation of life back then. Those pictures tell the stories of war, survival, victory and loss. This culture of paintings kept evolving with time. The ones in Mathura, Gokul, Vrindavan tell tales of Lord Krishna's childhood and adolescence. What a great way to preserve stories to be told visually to generations to come!

It is also praised for its long-living artistry that includes stone-craft, pottery, Chikankari, glassware, Zari embroidery, textile printing as well as carpet weaving, hand printing. Banarasi silk sarees are famous across the country. 

One of the popular crafts from Uttar Pradesh is Chikankari. It's the art of introducing intricate designs through hand embroidery on fabric. These designs are typically very elaborate and detailed and are known to win hearts all over. Lucknow is particularly famous for chikan sarees, suits and kurtas all over the country. Zardozi is another celebrated craft from Varanasi. Zardosi embroidery is typically done in three dimensions.

Uttar Pradesh is the land of art. Starting with sages singing hymns, the music tradition of the state has only grown. In the medieval era, two distinct branches of music rose to the front- the court music and the bhakti cult. These branches developed and prospered in various regions across the state. Collectively, over the years, the contribution of Uttar Pradesh to Hindustani music is widely recognised and appreciated. Kathak, one of the core classical dance forms of India is known to have flourished in UP. Other popular dance forms from UP include Rasiya, Charkula and Braj Raslila.

The history of Uttar Pradesh goes back to 4000 years. This is the land which is said to have been the foreground for Hindu epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Under British rule, the state was known as the Northern Western Provinces of Agra and Oudh. In the year 1902, it came to be known as United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, that's when the acronym UP became popular. However, it was only after India's independence that the name Uttar Pradesh was given to the state, thereby maintaining the acronym UP.

Popularly known as the Heartland of India, Uttar Pradesh happens to be the most populous state in the country. Regarding geography, Uttar Pradesh has an exciting mix of relief features. While in the north, it has the foothills of the Himalayan range, Gangetic plains spread out in the central region. Many rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna, Sarayu, Hindon, Gomti, etc. flow through the cities in UP. Tourism in UP is based on diverse interests; while people from all over the world come to see the magnificent Taj Mahal, religious tourists come for pilgrimage in Varanasi. Those interested in history and culture can visit Mathura, Ayodhya, Lucknow among other places. Even regarding food, various cities in UP are famous for their world-famous cuisines.


UP is like the entire nation combined to give a never seen before cultural blend. The various ethnicities, religions, cultures stand to testify that UP has absorbed a lot of immigrant culture in its borders and created a multi-faceted heritage that can only be found in India. Afghans, Kashmiris, Bengalis, Parsis and Punjabi immigrants settled here. Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists all found the freedom to practise their religions and pass it on to successive generations. Music, arts, dance, literature, crafts have all flourished under the Mughal influence. Writers like Munshi Premchand, Mahadevi Verma, Srikant Verma, poets like Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala', Harivanshrai Bachchan, Sumitra Nandan Pant, Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi, and Upendranath 'Ashk'; artists of the stature of the shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, Kathak wizard Birju Maharaj, tabla maestro Kishan Maharaj, the legendary Baba Allaudin Khan and his disciples Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan; ghazal singers Begum Akhtar, Bai, Girija Devi and many more are the contribution of UP to the artistic scene. This is the state that has learned to accept diversity in its realms and letting it grow over the years leading to what is the present-day cultural mix of people from all over India.

Uttar Pradesh's cuisine has a bit of twin personality with Awadhi delicacies and traditions on one hand, while richness and grandeur of the Mughlai platters on the other.
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