Planning your Holiday's in Uttar Pradesh, Here is the List of Best Tourist places of Uttar Pradesh

Embedded in the heart of India is Uttar Pradesh, a land where cultures have evolved and religions emerge. Uttar Pradesh has large number of historical monuments and places with religious significance. Uttar Pradesh is India’s most visited sites, holiest city of India and birthplace of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.

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1. Varanasi - 'Holy Town'


Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as older as all of them put together.Varanasi is a holy town situated on the west bank of the River Ganga. Call it the land of Shiva or simply a historic city that has several mysteries concealed deep within; this holy city has a spiritual legacy that dates back to more than 3000 years.

Varanasi is called by many names which are Kashi, Benares or Banaras. It is a worldwide famous city for its tourism and regarded as a holy city by all the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Varanasi is thrived on the banks of the river Ganga, is an integral part of the very infrastructure of the city, with thousands of people flocking there for salvation and purification

Popular Tourist Attractions in Varanasi: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Kathwala Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Monkey Temple, Alamgir Mosque, Gyan Vapi Well, Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum

Ghats in Varanasi: Dasaswamedh Ghat,Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Tulsi Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Shinde ghat in Varanasi, Ahilyabai Ghat,Panchganga Ghat, Lalita Ghat, Rana Mahal Ghat, Causatthi Ghat

Best Time to Go Varanasi: Weather of Varanasi is generally mild with hot spells in summer (April-July), it is advisable to travel here in the winter months.

2. Ayodhya - 'Ram Janmabhumi'


Ayodhya is a legendary spiritual centre on the banks of River Saryu that attracts the visitors with its serene ghats and countless temples. It is one of the seven holiest cities of India. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, who is an important deity in the Hindu pantheon. This small, quiet town attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The disputed Babri Mosque, which was destroyed in 1992, also stood here.

It is said that Ayodhya has 7000 temples, but there are some 100 temples of relative significance. The Atharva Veda has described Ayodhya as a ‘city built by Gods and being prosperous like paradise itself’. Hindusim isn’t the only religion that prospered here; Jainism, Buddhism and Islam did too and their influences can be seen around the town. Ayodhya is also the birthplace of five Jain Tirthankars including Adinath.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Ayodhya: Ram Janmabhumi (birthplace of Lord Ram), Kanak Bhawan, Hanuman Garhi, Gulab bari, Choti Chawni, Lakshman Ghat, Sita ki Rasoi,Kala Ram temple, Nageshwarnath Temple

Best Time to Go Ayodhya: Weather of Ayodhya is generally mild with hot spells in summer (April-July), it is advisable to travel here in the winter months.

3. Mathura - 'Birthplace of Lord Krishna'


Mathura (or Brajbhoomi) is famous as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an important deity in the Hindu religious pantheon. It is an important pilgrim place of the Hindus and one of the seven sacred cities in India. India abounds in cities and towns all across the country which are devoted to fulfilling spiritual desires of people who come to visit these places from far and wide. Mathura has many temples, both big and small, dotting the entire city, with many of these temples being dedicated to Lord Krishna. Even though the city is linked mainly with the life of Lord Krishna, it is sacred to Jains and Buddhists also. The ghats and the serene banks of river Yamuna give Mathura a tranquil feel.

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Popular Tourist Attractions in Mathura: Barsana, Gokul, Nandgaon, Vishram Ghat, Krishan Janamsthan Temple, Kansa Qila, Dwarikadheesh Temple, Mathura Government Temple

Best Time to Go Mathura: Best time to visit Vrindavan is October to March

4. Vrindavan - 'The Place of Lord Krishna'


One of the oldest cities on the banks of Yamuna, Vrindavan is considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the devotees of Krishna. Vrindavan is situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh around 150 km south of Delhi. Considered one of the oldest cities in the country, Vrindavan is believed to be the city where Lord Krishna grew up. Vrindavan is considered to be a sacred place, a large number of people come here to abandon their worldly life. To a devotee, whole place would seem studded with hundreds of different temples housing idols and forms of Lord Krishna, alone or with Radhaji or with Balaram and so on so forth on different locations.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Vrindavan: Banke Bihari Temple, ISKCON Temple,Gopeshwar Mahadev, Shahji Temple, Govinddeo Temple

Best Time to Go Vrindavan: Best time to visit Vrindavan is October to March

5. Agra : 'The City of Taj'

Taj Mahal

Agra is a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and it is widely recognised as one of the most artistically inspiring cities globally. Agra is culturally rich destination. People think Agra is just for Taj Mahal. But, it is an enthusiast place that would put you in awe. Agra was the capital of the great Akbar. Agra is major tourist's attraction Taj Mahal, The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri three of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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In Agra there are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra's days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. TajMahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides being the pride of India. In fact all the monuments of Agra, India have contributed to Agra Tourism.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Agra: Tajmahal,Akbar Tomb, Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri

Best Time to Go Agra: Best time to visit Agra is September to March

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6. Lucknow - 'City of Nawabs'


Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh described as 'City of Nawabs'. Lucknow lies in the middle of the Heritage Arc. This bustling city, famed for its Nawabi era finesse and amazing food, is a unique mix of the ancient and the modern. It is home to extraordinary monuments depicting a fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture. Lucknow is the state capital and boasts of a rich tradition of culture, art, poetry, music and food.

Lucknow’s exquisiteness makes one speechless, and it allures history buffs, foodies and explorers, big time. That Tunday ke Kebab, the Rahim ki Nihari. Besides kebabs, biriyani, dal gosth, salans and kulfi are famous Lucknow delicacies as is the Lucknowi chaat. Lucknow certainly calls out to be one of the best places to visit.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Lucknow: Bara and Chota Imambara, Hazratganj Market, Lucknow Zoo, Chowk, Rumi Darwaza, Dilkusha Kothi, British Residency, Jama Masjid, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Marine Drive, Moti Mahal, Chattar Manzil, Dudhwa National Park, Motilal Nehru Children Museum, Dargah-e-sabri, Shaheed Smarak

Best Time to Go Lucknow: Best time to visit Lucknow is September to April

7. Sarnath - 'Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon'


Sarnath, 12km from Varanasi, is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centers. It is believed that after attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, it was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, sanctified as Maha Dharm Chakra Parivartan. Sarnath has been developed as a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from India and abroad. Temples from all Buddhism origin like China and Tibet present their own way of following. India has a lot to show about Buddhism so the Sarnath is one of three places to experience Buddha's life closely. The untouched peace of spirituality and green natural environment will rejoice and rejuvenate

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Popular Tourist Attractions in Sarnath: Sarnath Excavation Site, Thai Temple, Deer Park, Chaukhandi Stupa, archaeological museum, Ashoka Pillar, Tibetan Temple

Best Time to Go Sarnath: Best time to visit Sarnath is September to April

8. Allahabad - 'Place of Sacrifice'


Allahabad is a district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the City of God in Persian and also known as Prayag (Sanskrit for "place of sacrifice"). It is one of four sites of the mass Hindu pilgrimage Kumbh Mela. Allahabad is situated on the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna, Allahabad is one of theaceous holiest cities associated with Hinduism. Allahabad, one of the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh is a city of many dimensions. Apart from being a major pilgrimage centre for the Hindus, Allahabad has played an important role in shaping the destiny of modern India.

Kumbh Mela occurs every 12th year in Allahabad. This occasion is most sacred to the Hindus, and people gather in hundred thousands to take a holy dip in the confluence during this occasion.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Allahabad: Triveni Sangam, Allahabad Museum, Victoria Memorial, Thornhill-Mayne Memorial, Muir Central College,Anand Bhawan, Company Gardens, Alfred Park, Allahabad University, Allahabad Planetarium, Hanuman Mandir, Sri Lalita Devi Temple

Best Time to Go Allahabad: Best time to visit Allahabad is October to March

9. Jhansi - 'Maharani Laxmibai Place'


"Khoob ladi mardani thi, wo to Jhansi wali rani thi" Jhansi is located on the banks of Pahuj River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The historical city of Jhansi is famous for the heroic Maratha kingdom. Jhansi is the gateway to the legendary Bundelkhand region known for valour and courage. Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi fought heroically with the British in the India’s struggle for freedom during the revolt of 1857. The city was previously known as Shankargarh during the reign of Bundelas. The artistic grandeur of the Chandelas is still evident in the monuments and other ancient structures standing in the city.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Jhansi: Jhansi Fort, Rani Mahal, Rani Jhansi Museum, Barua Sagar, Cenoteph of Raja Gangadhar Rao, Orccha

Best Time to Go Jhansi: Best time to visit Jhansi is October to March

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