It's not for nothing that Uttar Pradesh is called the Heartland of India; this beautiful and majestic state does have what it takes to be the historical, architectural and religious hub of the country. Adding to the abundance of culture, history, tradition and art & craft, this princely state is a credential for making India a diverse country.
Uttar Pradesh owes much to the reign of various dynasties over a long period for its majestic monuments and rich history, that are incredibly famous amongst world travellers. This significant state is indeed a perfect representation of India, as it an amalgamation of both urbanity and historical events. From the city of Agra to the world's oldest continuously inhabited city, Varanasi; here are the ten best places to visit in Uttar Pradesh in 2020!
Ayodhya is widely revered as the birthplace of Rama; thus, it draws Hindu adherents and tourists from across the globe. Most of the pilgrims visit this holy land to seek divine blessings. Besides its spiritual importance, shopping and sightseeing in Ayodhya could be an exciting thing to do to keep yourself lively while having some fun at the same time.
Apart from some religious artefacts, you may pick a variety of items at this place. Small souvenir shops of Ayodhya sell shirts with photos of temples, religious prints, colourful bangles, key-chains and many other kinds of stuff. So, if you desire to derive maximum levels of enjoyment from your visit to Uttar Pradesh, don't miss Ayodhya.
Older than history, older than tradition; Varanasi, is indeed a must-visit for anyone interested in an authentic blue India experience. And thanks to its world-famous river ghats, pre historicity, temples and lovely artefacts, Varanasi has a quintessential charm that lures millions of people from across the world, round the year. Owing its essence to the River Ganges, Varanasi is similar to Mecca and Jerusalem, and features amongst the top holy places in the world; as it is of tremendous religious importance to the Hindus.
From daybreak to twilight, the banks of the Ganges river is frequented by tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims. And Varanasi ghats bustle with a lot of activities, every day. A tour to Uttar Pradesh is surely not complete if it doesn't include Varanasi in your itinerary.
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Sarnath, also known as Mrigadava, Rishipattana, Migadaya and Isipatana, is located about 10 km away from Varanasi. It is believed that Gautama Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. And Dhamek Stupa - built during 5th - 6th century, is the precise spot where Buddha taught his first sermon. Therefore, Sarnath is one of the most-visited Buddhist pilgrim centres in India.
Besides the Buddhist monasteries and pagodas, Sarnath is also home to a famous museum, that exhibits a rich collection of Buddhist figurines, showcased among the fines embodiments of Buddhist art.
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The culture and the rich heritage of Lucknow have always fascinated people all over the world. The ambience of Lucknow is generally linked with exceptional etiquette, leisurely habits, remarkable architecture, sumptuous food and grace; the residues of Nawabi culture. The city has conserved the spirit of the glorious era that once reigned over for centuries. A visit to Lucknow is sure to make you endure the rich legacy of India.
Major tourist draws in Lucknow include Rumi Darwaza, Asafi Masjid, Baradari, Shahnajaf Imambara, Bada Imambara, La Martiniere College, Clock Tower, State Museum Zoo, Chhatar Manzil, Chhota Imambara, and Dilkusha.
5. Allahabad (Prayagraj)
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Allahabad, recently renamed as Prayagraj, has shaped India's legacy as well as the culture in a way that can never be overlooked. And its history dates back to immemorial times! Thanks to its long-lasting legacy, almost the whole of Allahabad is laden with souvenirs and artefacts. Consequently adding a special touch to the dominant role that Allahabad's culture plays on India and its people. Arguably one of the most-liked city in the state, a visit to Allahabad is a must.
6. Fatepur Sikri
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Far-famed, as one of the most important centres of the Mughal reign, Fatehpur Sikri, is located about 42 Km away from Agra! And even to this day, Fatepur Sikri remains to be one of the most prized relics of the reign of the Mughals in India. Today it is regarded as one of the significant structures amongst a list of World Heritage Structures. Thus, Fatehpur Sikri in Agra is a must-visit in 2020!
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Mathura is an ancient land that is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna! Located about 50 km away from Agra, Mathura is the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. It is home to 20 Buddhist monasteries, five prominent temples and three stupas built by Ashoka. And since it boasts pleasant weather, you can visit Mathura, round the year. Moreover, it is during the festivities that the real elegance and charm of the city can be experienced to its fullest. And to relish the mesmerizing impacts of Uttar Pradesh, don't give a miss to visit this ancient land of wonder!
Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Agra is a city laden with spell-bounding architectural wonders. Agra is famous for the marble structure 'Taj Mahal' hued in the boundless beauty that is glorious in its own terms. Taj Mahal, located on a bank of the Yamuna River, has spurred lovers and poets throughout the world.
Other Attractions in Agra include Fort Tomb of Itimad Ud Daulah, Rambagh Gardens, Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra, Dayalbagh Gardens, Chini ka Rauza, Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid Agra. Also, a visit to the red sandstone city, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra fort is an absolute must.
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Aligarh, also known as Koil or Kol, is one of the significant cities of Uttar Pradesh and hence beckons millions of vacationists from India and the world as a whole. In addition, Aligarh is also one of the most important educational and commercial centres of India. Also, many freedom movements took place here in Aligarh. All in all, Aligarh hosts an umpteen number of tourist attractions! So, a visit to Aligarh will cover a lot of destinations like universities, forts, landmarks and other places of tourist interest.
Located about 18 km away from Mathura, a visit to Baldeo in Uttar Pradesh is sure to make your travel worth the price. Amongst the tourist's attractions that you will come across on your visit to Baldeo, Kshir Sagar is the most significant one! Kshir Sagar is a brick-lined waterbody, where the temple of Baldeo was found in the 19th century. Also, Daujee ka Harunga is another draw in Baldeo that holds a lot of interest for the local folks, as many summon at the venue to play Holi, every year.
Best Time To Visit Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh boasts pleasant weather all year round, however, it is best suggested for tourists to visit the northern state between October to March as the weather stays more enjoyable with the coming winters and the coolness in the air is a refreshing change for travellers.