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UTTAR PRADESH GUIDE

 
Uttar Pradesh basically known as land of Taj... Visit & get ready to explore its heritage monuments, i.e Taj Mahal symbol of LOVE..., Fatehpur Sikri, Agra fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah, Holy city Varanasi and many more... Uttar Pradesh also popularly known UP, is the most populous and fifth largest state in the Union of India. Uttar Pradesh has been the most dominant state in Indian politics and culture since Independence, producing over half of India's prime ministers.



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  UTTAR PRADESH INFORMATION

 
It shares an international border with Nepal and is bounded by the Indian states of Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar. The administrative and legislative capital of Uttar Pradesh is Lucknow. This is one of the great historical and religious centres of India. Uttar Pradesh offers a variety of tourist attractions that makes it a totally distinct place to visit. Uttar Pradesh pulsates with an energy that is both sacred and mundane. It is a center of Hinduism where ancient Temples and shrines are in opulence. It includes Badrinath, Kedarnath, Varanasi, Haridwar, Ayodhya and other such places that invite the devotees throughout the year from across the world. Uttar Pradesh attracts a large number of both national and international visitors. In terms of population this is the largest state in India.
 
   

  UTTAR PRADESH FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Uttar Pradesh Facts & Figures
  Area :   238,566 km (5th)
  Capital :   Lucknow
  Districts :   70
  Languages :   Major Hindi & Urdu
  Density :   314.42/kmē
  Best Time to Visit :  October to June
 
   

  UTTAR PRADESH HISTORY

 
Uttar Pradesh was known as Brahma Fishi Deshi in the later Vedic Age because of the identity as a dwelling of spirituality. Great epics Rama and Krishna have been inspired by UP. Buddhism and Jainism appeared during sixth century B.C. in UP. Great Buddha gave his first sermon at Saranath, and he set foundations of his order in UP. It is said that Mahavira, who founded Jainism, died at Doora in UP. In third century BC, the entire area of UP was in the empires of the Great Mauryan Monarchs. The rich culture of UP brought new proportions to the Middle Age Indian history. Over 2000 years ago the area that became Uttar Pradesh was part of Ashoka's great Buddhist empire. Muslim raids from the north-west began in the 11th century, and by the 16th century the region was part of the famed Mughal empire whose capital was for some time at Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. Following the decline of the Mughal empire, the nawabs of Avadh rose to prominence in the central part of the region and were responsible for turning Lucknow into a flourishing center for the arts. When the British East India Company deposed the last nawab, the Uprising of 1857 began at Meerut, and its most tragic events took place in Lucknow and Kanpur. Agra was later merged with Avadh and the state became known as United Provinence. It was renamed Uttar Pradesh (Northern State) after Independence, and is often known simply as U.P
 
   

  UTTAR PRADESH TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 
Taj Mahal (Agra) » Agra Fort(Agra)» Itimad-ud-Daulah (Agra) » Gokul » Akbar Tomb (Sikandra) » Durga Temple (Varanasi) » Temples (Varanasi) » Bodhgaya » Krishna Janambhumi (Mathura) » Vrindavan » Ayodhya » Dudhwa National Park » Gita Mandir » Residency (Lucknow) » Bara Imambara (Lucknow) » Rumi Darwaja (Lucknow) » Jama Masjid » Sarnath
 
   

  UTTAR PRADESH FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

 
Fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor to invoke divine blessings as well as for the sheer joy of living. A celebration of life at its best.

Magh Mela : Magh Mela is the annual version of the Kumbh Mela and considered as the mini Kumbh, celebrated at the holy Sangam at Allahabad. The event starts from Makar Sankranti and ends at Maha Shivratri, during which several dates are deemed as auspicious for taking holy dips in the Sangam.

Taj Mahotsav : The Taj Mahotsav at Agra is a colorful display of the Arts, crafts, culture and cuisine of the Braj area. Organized by U.P. Tourism and held as an annual event at the Shilpgram, Taj Mahotsav is a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsmen of Agra and adjoining regions.

Lathmar Holi : Lathmaar Holi is the most colourful and exuberant form of traditional Holi festival celebrated at Barsana, 48 km. from Mathura and at Nandgaon 7 km. ahead, women folk here beat the men with 'Lathis' or Bamboo poles while showering coloured water on them with great rejoice and merriment.

Ardh Kumbh Mela : The Ardh Kumbh at Allahabad is celebrated every 6th year in the months of Jan- Feb. Kumbh Mela is considered to be the largest fair in the world attended by millions of pilgrims. Processions of holy men going for their ritual bath and huts pitched all over the river banks virtually convert the Kumbh area into a small township, that presents colours of India in its most varied shades.

Lucknow Mahotsav : 10 day long Lucknow Mahotsav is a cultural extravaganza, with evenings laden with Mushiaras, Gazals and Kathak dances. The event aims at projecting the last residues of the glorious Awadh culture for the young who have not seen the old days. From Tonga race to vintage cars, every thing is here that reminds of the past glory. Lucknow Mahotsav is also a shopping delight, as craftsmen from all parts of the country gather here to enthrill the audience with their masterpieces. The Mahotsav is also a great event for the food connoisseurs, from Thandai to Kesaria doodh, Kabab- parathas and other mouth watering non-veg exotic dishes are there for them. The Mahotsav offers every delicacy at the most affordable prices.

Janmasthmi : The twin cities of Mathura-Vrindavan celebrate the festival of Janmasthmi with great pomp and show. Temples are heavily decorated with 'Jhankis' or tableaus, depicting various episodes of Lord Krishna's life. The special attraction during the period are the gold and silver 'Jhulas' or swings which are taken out on display only during the occasion and the 'Ghatas', when the entire temple is decorated in only one colour-the colour of the 'Ghata' decided for that Day. The Raaslila enactments further add to the festive spirit.
 
   

  HOW TO REACH

 
By Air - There are four domestic airports in Uttar Pradesh, i.e., in Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, and Varanasi. However, there is no international airport. Major cities in Uttar Pradesh are connected by air to Delhi and other large cities of India.

By Rail - The state is connected with the major cities of India by trains. Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad and Mughal sarai are some of the major railheads that are linked to the rest of the country by express, super-fast and passenger trains.

By Road - Uttar Pradesh is connected to the rest of the country by a good network of roads. Some of the important national highways that connect that state are NH 2, 25, 26, 27, 29, and 45.
 
   

  UTTAR PRADESH MAJOR CITIES

 
Agra » Lucknow » Allahabad » Jhansi » Kanpur » Gorakhpur » Meerut » Kanpur » Varanasi