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Uttar Pradesh, translated as The Northern Province, is a state located in the Northern part of India, below the foothills of the Himalayas. A sojourn to this state will unearth some of the greatest treasures and tourist attractions of India, spanning heritage, religions, cultures and people.
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Travel to Uttar Pradesh
Considered to be the heartland of Hinduism and Hindi, Uttar Pradesh dominates the nation of India in culture, religion, politics and language. The temples, palaces and monuments of Uttar Pradesh are among the most impressive in the country, signifying this land’s fascinating history.
A trip to Uttar Pradesh takes you to Varanasi, the holy city of Hindus which is considered to be one of the oldest living cities of the world. This pilgrimage land is sprawled along the banks of the sacred River Ganges, which is considered to be the lifeline of North India. The Ganges is worshipped as the incarnation of a goddess and Varanasi is at the centre of this fervour. Take a boat ride on this holy river, and watch the sacred rituals and customs performed by priests on the colourful Ghats of this mystical city. Just 11kms northeast of Varanasi is the little sleepy village of Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave its first sermon about Buddhism to his five favourite disciples.
The holy land of Allahabad is another prolific part to Uttar Pradesh. It is in this city that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers blend together in a breath-taking confluence and become one. Every three years, visitors can visit the Kumbh Mela, heralded as the largest peaceful gathering in the world, which attracts millions of Hindu pilgrims from across the world. A holiday to Uttar Pradesh can also take you to the state’s capital city, Lucknow, known for its mouth-watering kebabs and succulent cuisine.
The story of the Taj Mahal is probably one of the most recognized, romantic tales knows to man: Shahjahan, a Mughal emperor in India before the reign of the British, got the greatest testament ever built in the memory of his wife. The iconic symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal, rests in all its glory in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. This spectacular and inimitable monument, made entirely of white marble, is one of the only Seven Wonders of the World in India. Visit this majestic palace as twilight sets in and the marble palace reflects the Indian moonlight for an unforgettable experience.
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