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Uttar Pradesh is a state in India, located in the northern part of the country. It has a population of around 200 million residents and is the most populated state in the country. It stands as the fifth most populated state in the world. Uttar Pradesh covers an area of 243,290 km2. It contributes 8.34% of India’s total GDP. Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and the language spoken is Hindi.

Important cities in Uttar Pradesh are Allahabad, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Agra, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh is the birthplace of Hinduism and has various impressions within the state related to Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Vedic beliefs. The state has important sites related to Buddhism. Uttar Pradesh was divided into smaller territories throughout history and has been shelter to many empires such as the Nanda, Sunga, Gupta, Magadha, Mauryan, Gurjara, Pala, Mughal and Kushan empires.

Why Visit Uttar Pradesh?

Uttar Pradesh attracts nearly 71 million tourists and is considered to be one of the top tourist destinations in India. Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh is adorned by the famous Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra fort which are World Heritage sites. Taj Mahal is an exquisite masterpiece in the World Heritage. Dayal Bagh is a modern day temple in Agra and is very popular.

Varanasi is one of the oldest Indian city and in the world too. The Ghats and a bath in the sacred Ganges River are considered to be holy. Other pilgrimage places in Uttar Pradesh include Ayodhya, which is the birthplace of Lord Rama, Mathura, which is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan and Allahabad.

Exploring the Culture of Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh has many architectural delights from the past millennia with mostly mythological and archeological sites. Uttar Pradesh finds significance in many works of sacred literature of the Indian religions. British architecture can be viewed in many cities’ hospitals, post offices, banks, railway stations and judicial buildings.

The state is famous for its crafts and art. Mughal craftsmanship is still being practiced today. The famous Zari, Jhumka and Surma styles of craft belong to Bareilly. Firozabad and Kannauj are famous for their bangles and oriental perfumes. Lucknow has its famous Chikan work and Bhadohi is known for its carpets. Moradabad, Saharanpur and Pilbhit are places that house exquisite art works.

Uttar Pradesh is the heartland of the Hindi language. Many stalwarts in the Hindi literature belong to the state; and the list includes legendary writers and poets like Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Jaishankar Prasad, Munshi Premchand, Dushyant Kumar, Acharya Kuber Nath Rai, and Mahadevi Verma.

The Gupta dynasty made Uttar Pradesh the doyen of music and innovation. Hindustani music was championed by Swami Haridas, whose disciple was the famous Tansen. Modern singers in Uttar Pradesh are Baba Sehgal, Anup Jalota, Shubha Mudhgal, Talat mehmood, and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Uttar Pradesh has a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. A basic meal consists of puris, chapattis, daal, rice, vegetable curries, papad and sweets like jalebi, rasmalai, rabri, ladoos, kheer, pethas and many more.

Non-vegetarian meals comprise of delicacies like korma, pulao, parathas, biriyani, kebabs and more.

Facts for Tourists

Uttar Pradesh, being the heart of India, is well connected to rest of the country. The climate is generally hot and cotton clothes are preferable. Women are informed not to wear revealing clothes while visiting temples and other religious places. The use of drugs is a punishable offence.




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