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Uttar Pradesh, abbreviated U.P., is a state located in northern India. It was created on 1 April 1937 as the United Provinces with the passing of the States Reorganization Act and renamed Uttar Pradesh in 1950. Tour To U.P. with

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Visit to Uttar Pradesh - The Heart of India

  1. 1. Uttar Pradesh
  3. 3. FAST FACTS ABOUT UTTAR PRADESH•Area : 243,286kmsq•Population : 199,581,477 (AS PER 2011)•Capital : Lucknow•Language : Hindi and Urdu•Currency : Indian Rupee•Climate :Spring March-may(20-30degree)Summer May-july (40-50degreeMonsoon July-sept(30-40degree)Autumn (BEST TIME TO VISIT) Sept-nov(25-35degree)Winter Nov-jan(5-25degree)
  4. 4. History Uttar Pradesh, abbreviated U.P., is a state locatedin northern India. It was created on 1 April 1937as the United Provinces with the passing of theStates Reorganization Act and renamed UttarPradesh in 1950. Uttar Pradesh in one of the most ancient cradlesof Indian culture The various towns of Uttar Pradesh tell the storyof gods who lived in Ayodhya and Mathura andabout the reminders that the kings and queens ofyesteryears left before them in Agra. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh Kanpur is the economic and industrial capital ofUttar Pradesh the fifth largest Indian state by area.
  5. 5. ROMANCE•Agra(Taj mahal)WELLNESS•Lucknow (WowWellness yoga)•Varanasi(SparsaAyurvedic Centre)•Lucknow(Lavanyayoga)HERITAGE•Agra(Taj mahal)•Agra (FatehpurSikri)•Agra(Agra fort)•Lucknow(MotiMahal)•Lucknow(BadaImambara)•Varanasi(Kashivishwanath temple)•Varanasi(Dhamekstupa)•Varanasi(Gautambuddh statue)ADVENTURE•Dudhwa NationalPark(terai)•Pindari Glacier• Kumaon-GarhwalHigh AltitudeSPIRITUAL•Allahabad(Sangam)• Varanasi(ghats)•Mathura-Vrindavan(Birthplaceof Lord Krishana)•Ayodhya(RamJanmabhoomi)CITIES FAMOUSFOR
  6. 6. Agra Agra has found its mention inthe famous Hindu epicMahabharat as the forest ofAgraban close to Mathura. Mughlai cuisine and the skilledcraftsmen can still be seen inthe narrow lanes of the city asa reminiscent of the lost times. Taj MahalWhen one speaks of Agra,the first thing that comes tomind is the Taj Mahal. The TajMahal is of course, the mostbeautiful piece of constructionin the city, and in the wholeworld.The Taj Mahal provides solaceto the heart and soul of theTaj mahalwall close-upTaj paintedgeometry
  7. 7.  Agra fortAgra Fort was originally a brickfort, held bythe Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs. Itwas mentioned for the first time in1080 AD when a Ghaznavideforce captured it.In this fort are some of the mostbeautiful buildings India has everseen like Divan-e-Aam, Divan-e-Khas and Shish Mahal.
  8. 8.  Fatehpur SikriIt is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends ofAkbar and his famed courtiers, the ninejewels or Navaratnas, were born . FatehpurSikri is one of the best preserved collectionof Mughal architecture in IndiaFatehpur Sikri where there are somebeautiful monuments like Buland Darwaza,Panch Mahal and Salim Chisti Tomb.The resting place of Akbar, Sikandra isattractive because of its fusion architecture.
  9. 9. How to reach Agra AIR : Kheria Airport RAIL: Agra is linked to Delhiby excellent train servicesShatabdi (2 hrs),Taj Express(3 hrs) and the Intercity Express(3 hrs). ROAD: Agra is well-connectedto the following cities by road :Mathura, Delhi, Chandigarh,Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi,Jhansi, Chitrakoot, etc.
  10. 10. Allahabad Allahabad is a city and also amajor pilgrimage center. Hindu mythology states that LordBrahma, the creator hadconducted the Prakrishta Yajna onland found at the confluence ofthe three holy rivers Ganga,Yamuna and Saraswati. SangamThe Sangam is the sacred placeof the confluence of the three holyrivers of India; Ganga, Yamunaand Saraswati. You can see thewaters of the three riversdistinctively merging into one inthe Sangam.
  11. 11. How to reach Allahabad AIR: There is no air link toAllahabad. Nearest Airportsare Varanasi,LucknowBabatpur Airport, VaranasiChaudhary Charan SinghAirport, Lucknow RAIL : Allahabad has FourRailway Stations - PrayagStation, City Station,Daraganj Station andAllahabad Junction. ROAD: a journey fromdelhi to allahabad is 633km around 18 hours run.
  12. 12. Varanasi Varanasi(also called Kashi and Benares) iswidely considered to be the second oldest cityin the world after Jerusalem. It is famous for its ghats (steps along theriver) which are populated year round withpeople who want to take a dip in the holyGanges River. Kashi VishwanathKashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi is hometo the Vishwanath Jyotirling temple, which isone of the most sacred of Hindu Temples.Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestryof music, arts, crafts and education.
  13. 13.  Dhamek StupaDhamek Stupa (alsospelled Dhamekh and Dhamekha) is amassive stupa located at Sarnath, 13 kmaway from Varanasi.The Dhamek Stupa is said to mark the spotof a deer park (Rishipattana) where theBuddha gave the first sermon to his fivedisciples after attainingenlightenment, "revealing his Eightfold Pathleading to nirvana”.In its current shape, the stupa is a solidcylinder of bricks and stone reaching aheight of 43.6 meters and having adiameter of 28 meters. It is the mostmassive structure in Sarnath
  14. 14.  Gautam Budhs Statue atMulagandha KutiMulagandha Kuti Vihar is themodern temple erected by theMahabodhi Society. The temple wasmade by Kosetsu Nosu, Japan’sforemost painter and a richrepository of Buddhist literature. Theancient Mulagandha Kuti Temple isamong the brick ruins of Sarnath.
  15. 15. How to reach varanasi Air:the daily flights on Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi route is convenient and fast. Rail:There are two railway stations in Varanasi, theKashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction (alsoknown as Varanasi Cantonment). RajdhaniExpress from Delhi or from Calcutta passesthrough Varanasi too. One can also catch trainsfrom Mughalsarai, just 10 km south ofVaranasi. Road:situated in the flat Ganga plains, Varanasi hasa good network of roads. frequent public andprivate buses and road transport to all themajor towns of Uttar Pradesh and nearbyareas.
  16. 16. Mathura-Vrindavan Birthplace of Lord Krishana. Both Mathura & Vrindavan have beautifultemples devoted to Krishna. The place comes alive at the time of Holi, whena special brand of Holi called the Lath marHoli is played here. VrindavanDuring Janmaashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna,there are huge festivities in the region.For are creation Mathura is the Athens of India.The great school of sculpture known as Mathuraschool of Art flourished here for 1200 Years.
  17. 17.  Famous Temples Kalya Ghata: It is said that LordKrishna killed Kalya, the monster of asnake that lived in this river. And so thetemple is a holy shrine. Radha-Madan Mohan temple : TheRadha-Madan Mohan temple was built ata time when the place was full of forest.The original idol was taken to Rajasthan tokeep it from harms way during the reign ofAurangzeb when the fanatic and intolerantMughal soldiers used to destroyeverything that had any remote connectionwith Hinduism.
  18. 18.  Govinda dev temple: The temple is a testimony of thearchitectural splendour of medieval India. Originally sevenstories high, its upper four stories were destroyed during thereign of Aurangzeb. The Krishna idol was then removed toJaipur .
  19. 19.  Krishna Balaram Temple: arguably the most popular templeof Vrindavan. Devotees from all over the world come here and pray.Maintained by International Society of Krishna Consciousness.
  20. 20. How to reach Mathura Air:The nearest airport from Mathura is at Kheriain Agra. It is just 60 kilometers from the citycenter of Mathura. Nearly all the majorprivate and public carriers offer their serviceto the city Rail:Mathura lies on the main lines of bothCentral as well as Western Railways. VariousExpresses as well as Super fast trains run toand from the city of Mathura Road:Delhi (Delhi) to Mathura (UttarPradesh) is 150 km.Time by road is 2 hrs, 10mins.
  21. 21. Ayodhya Hindus believe the birthplace of Rama to be in Ayodhya at theplace called Ram Janmabhoomi, the site of thedemolished Babri Mosque. Ayodhya is also the birthplace of five Tirthankars, including thefirst Tirthankar of Jainism, Shri Rishabh Dev. He is known asthe father of Jain religion. Ayodhya reached its glorious peak as known to history duringthe reign of the Guptas over India. Tulsidas is said to have begun the writing of his famousRamayana poem Shri Ramacharitamanas in Ayodhya in 1574CE. The Atharva Veda called Ayodhya "a city built by gods andbeing as prosperous as paradise itself".
  22. 22.  Janmabhoomi - Rama JanmaBhoomi is where Lord Rama was saidto have taken birth. There is a smallLord Rama temple here. Guptar Ghat - At Guptar Ghat thereare some nice temples, and nearbythere is a nice park. Gupta meansdisappearance. It is said that Rama leftHis body at this place.
  23. 23.  Ramkot - The chief place of worship in Ayodhya is thesite of the ancient citadel of Ramkot, which stands onan elevated ground in the western part of the city.
  24. 24.  Famous Temples Nageshwarnath Temple: Thetemple of Nageshwarnath is said tohave been established by Kush,the son of Rama. It was by meansof this temple that Vikramadityawas able to locate Ayodhya and thesites of different shrines here. Thefestival of Shivratri is celebratedhere with great pomp & show. Treta-Ke-Thakur: This templestands at the place, where Rama issaid to have performed theAshvamedha Yagya.
  25. 25. How to reach Ayodhya AIR:The nearest airport from the town ofAyodhya is in Lucknow. Lucknow airport is 140odd Kilometers from the city. ROAD:Ayodhya is well connected to otherimportant towns in Uttar Pradesh through agood network of National as well as StateHighways. Uttar Pradesh State RoadTransport Corporation as well as other privateplayers plies buses to and from Ayodhya. RAIL:Ayodhya is situated on the broad gaugeNorthen Railway line on Mughal Sarai-Lucknow main route and is connected with allmajor cities.
  26. 26. Lucknow Lucknow has one of the most beautifulmonuments in India. There are buildings built in the HinduBuddhist styles and Royal memorialsand monuments of Indo-Islamicarchitecture Buildings constructed inAvadh and Sharqi styles ofarchitecture are also remarkable. Moti MahalThe Nawab of Lucknow, Saadat AliKhan, constructed it. The LucknowMoti Mahal is also known as Palace ofPearls. The Moti Mahal is located onthe borders of Gomti and provides aspectacular view of the city ofNawabs.
  27. 27.  Bada ImambaraThe Bada Imambara has historical andcultural heritage and was commissionedby the Nawab of Awadh in 1784. Thelarge Asfi mosque and the Bhul-Bhulayah (the labyrinth) are found in thestructure.The most famous among thelot is Bada Imambada.The chandeliersand other glassware that decorates theinner sanctum of this place aremagnificent Hussainabad Clock TowerThe Hussainabad Clock Tower is trulythe finest structure of British architecturein India.
  28. 28. Rumi DarwazaThe Rumi Darwaza that guards the entrance of oldHussainabad in Lucknow is another monument ofmagnificence.
  29. 29.  Chhota ImambadaEqually good are Chhota Imambadaand Shah Najaf Imambara. Thesebuildings were constructed underfood for work programs initiated bythe then Nawab of Oudh whowanted to help his subjects whowere suffering from famine.
  30. 30. How to reach lucknow AIR:The airport at Lucknow is located at a distanceof around 14 kilometers from the city center at aplace called Amausi. ROAD:Lucknow can be easily reached from Delhi,Kanpur, Agra, Allahbad and Dehradun.Highways from all these places connect themwith Lucknow. The major highways passingthrough Lucknow are N.H. - 25, N.H. - 28 andN.H. - 56. RAIL:There are two main railway junctions atLucknow. One is at Lucknow city center itselfand the other is at Charbagh, which is located ata distance of around 3 kilometers from the citycenter. Trains from all major places near andaround Lucknow ply daily to this place.
  31. 31. Trekking in Uttar Pradesh The best trekking routein Uttar Pradesh isfound on the PindariGlacier. This trekkingroute is combined withCorbett National parkand Garhwal-Kumaon. It follows either thePindhar River fromKarnaprayag or you canreturn in the reversedirection, fromBageshwar. This trekstarts at Kapkote whereyou will need 8-9 daysto visit the neighboringKanfi valley.
  32. 32. National Park in UttarPradesh Dudhwa National Park : The Dudhwa National Park isa national park in the Terai of UttarPradesh, It is located on the Indo-Nepal borderin the Lakhimpur Kheri District, andhas buffer of reserved forest areas onthe northern and southern sides. It represents one of the few remainingexamples of a highly diverse andproductive Terai ecosystem,supporting a large numberof endangered species, obligatespecies of tall wet grasslands andspecies of restricted distribution.
  33. 33. Cuisine Cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is fromthe NorthernIndia,Awadhiand Mughlaiare the twochief genre. Awadhi cuisine is world famous fordishes such as kebab, biryani, keemaand nihari. The chaat in Lucknow andBanarasi Paan is known across India forits flavor and ingredients. Famous sweet dish a mathura thatmakes everyones mouth water is themathura pedas. One must try them ifone visits mathura.
  34. 34.  Kundan Kaliya Kaliya is a muttonpreparation with gravy along with thecompulsory inclusion of turmeric orsaffron. It is a preparation commonlyserved at lunch or dinner. a delicacydesigned by the bawarchis andrakabdars to please their Nawabs. Shami Kabab It would be noexaggeration to say that it was the`National kabab of Awadh. Made frommince meat, the kababs are roundpatties filled with spicy surprises and thetangy `kairi or raw green mango. Lucknowi Biryani Though the formalmenu of Awadh did not have any placefor the Biryani as mentioned earlier, itwas and still is popular for the informalmeals. Roomali Roti The `Roomali Roti issuggestive of the scarf or handkerchieflike appearance of this bread.
  35. 35.  Mathura peede is a sweet from theIndian subcontinent, usually prepared inthick, semi-soft pieces. The mainingredients are khoa, sugar andtraditional flavorings,including cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts and saffron Banarasi paan is world famous betelleaves. Banarasi Paan (Betel leaves) towhole world in fresh natural. banarasipaan which is renowned all over. Paanis also an alternative to mouthrefreshers.
  36. 36. Textile Lucknow Chikan WorkLucknow chikan works, which isfamous around the world, is a notedform of embroidery created byskilled workers of Lucknow. Thestylish and delicate embroiderydesigns are admired for theiruniqueness and intricacy of design.• Banarasi saris are saris made in VaranasiThese saris are historically considered to beamong the finest saris in India and are known fortheir gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk andopulent embroidery, and being highly sought after.These saris are made of finely woven silk and aredecorated with intricate design, and because ofthese engravings, these saris are relatively heavy.
  37. 37.  Lucknow authenticJewelry Whether you loveornaments or not, thecolorful jewelry sold in themarkets will definitely temptyou to buy some as lovelygifts for your loved ones.From nose pins to earringsto waistbands andnecklaces, every pieceexhibits exquisite works ofcraftsmanship.Firozabadi bangles: Thesebangles are called "Kadechhal KiChudi". Since Firozabad is the homeof the glass industry, white andcoloured glass pieces beingmanufactured for the purpose ofassembling jhad and fanusCrafts
  38. 38. FAIRS AND FESTIVALSKumbh Mela, MahaKumbh(Allahabad)March 10Ramnavmi Mela,( Ayodhya)19 aprilTaj Mahotsava (Agra)19-28 feb
  39. 39. Lucknow Mahotsava(Lucknow)25 nov-5 decBuddha Mahotsava(sarnath)25 mayGanga Mahotsava(varanasi)25-28 nov
  40. 40. Do and don’t Do not photo people without permission, pleaseshow respect to them . Do not talk about the sensitive topics like politicalor religious matters. Monkey attacks are common so beware. Do not litter used things around in the cities. Do wear a smile while talking to common peoplein uttar pradesh. Keep Police emergency( 110) saved in yourphone book Keep Medical emergency(120) for any suchneed.
  41. 41. Where To StayKumbh Camps IndiaKumbh Camps India aims to provide the ultimate Camping experience to theguest during their stay. These camps are personally managed by theprofessional Staff of a major camp provider. These will be Super Deluxe SwissCamps with Private Verandah attached toilet/bath and running water, with allother amenities of highest standards. Each tent has its own bathroom, washbasin. There will be a common dining hall. Our specialized chefs will preparemeals as per the taste of the international clients, and cultural activities will beorganized in the Camp lawns on a daily basis.Allahabad
  42. 42. AgraRose Home StayRose Homestay is one of the most preferred and finestaccommodations in Agra, the city of Taj Mahal. It offers wide variety ofaccommodation that suits every budget. Rose Homestay is situated inthe heart of the city amidst lush green surrounding offering the beautyof nature.This property is situated at just two minutes walk from the bus stand,Cantonment railway station, Idgah station, Indian airlines office,G.P.O., Bank, Post Office, Tourist Office and shopping arcades. Andthe famous monuments of like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Sikandara Tomb,and Airport are just 3 kilometers away.The homestay is furnished with all modern amenities to provide guestcomfort and coziness.
  43. 43. AgraGarden VillaThe Garden Villa Homestay is a registered Bed & Breakfast propertywith Department of Tourism, Government of India. The property islocated in Agra, just 30 minutes drive from the train station and theairport.There are Seven Bedrooms with a peaceful, zen-inspired ambiance.Rooms are quite special (above 12x14) with attached western styleWC. All the rooms are air conditioned to ensure fresh air and sunlight.The rooms are very comfortable and the house is quiet and welllocated in the southern part of Agra, not far from Taj Mahal. Roomsare designed very tasteful using teakwood. The Curtains, Cushionpillow and Bed Cover have been made with rich Broacade Silk.
  44. 44. Do visit Uttar Pradesh
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