Explore Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
Land of Supreme Beauty & Spirituality

Uttar Pradesh has a lot of history and spirituality in its veins. The state is home to numerous historical sites and monuments which till date stand strong displaying sheer magnificence. Uttar Pradesh is also blessed with the presence of the holy River Ganga and River Yamuna, the grandiose of which can be seen at the vibrant river banks. It's home to beautiful temples and mosques, pristine waterfalls and serene gardens. With such a rich culture, history, and innate spirituality, Uttar Pradesh brings stillness to an otherwise chaotic life. 


Popular Cities: 


  • Lucknow

  • Varanasi

  • Agra

  • Mathura

  • Jhansi 

Climate
The climate of Uttar Pradesh varies from extreme in western part to temperate in eastern Uttar Pradesh to Semi Arid in Agra and Bundelkhand zone. The best time to visit the state is between October to March.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Warm
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
Uttar Pradesh is a divine blend of subtle city life and quaint towns adorned with heritage sites. Noida and Aligarh are some of the well planned cities that offer recreational facilities. Lucknow, Varanasi, Mathura are home to state of art services and also ancient temples, forts, monuments etc. Hazratganj Market in Lucknow is one such example. It's the central shopping arcade which holds a great historical and cultural importance but is no different than bustling markets of any other metropolitan cities. Kanpur has some of the best water parks in Uttar Pradesh with Blue World Theme Park being the most famous one owing to its thematically divided rides. Mathura, Vrindavan, Sarnath, Bareilly and Chitrakoot are revered as some of the most holy places in Uttar Pradesh. They are home to a plethora of quaint temples. Aligarh offers a thrilling sky-diving opportunity called Sky High which is the only internationally recognised sky-diving zone in India. The participants are even provided with merchandise and certificates after completion of their dive.
History & Heritage
One of the seven wonders of the world, the magnificent Taj Mahal is situated in Agra. The icon of love is truly an architectural wonder and is an epitome of Mughal architecture. This ivory-white marble mausoleum is an UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized all across the world. It reflects the grandeur of Mughal era and its magical beauty will leave you spellbound. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the majestic Agra Fort. It consists of many other equally beautiful structures like Khaas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas that are like a breathing testament of history. Overlooking the fort to the north of the Taj Mahal, is the Mehtab Bagh also known as Moonlight Garden. Adorned by nature from all sides it's one of the most beautiful spots in Agra. Built in the 15th Century, Akbar's Tomb holds some of the most entrancing marble designs. Housing it, is the magnificent Sikandra Fort. It's a treat to the eyes of a history buff. Baba Imambara is one of the most important monuments in Lucknow. It holds a great religious significance for the Muslim community. A maze, locally called Bhul Bhulaiya, located on the upper floor of the monument is the prime attraction. It's believed that there are 1024 ways to get inside but only 2 to come out. Its architecture is a fine specimen of the grandiose of Mughal era. Located to the west of this monument is Chota Imambara is rightfully a sight to behold. British Residency is witness to the great revolt of 1857 which makes this place historically very significant. Besides housing structures belonging to the pre-Independence era, it also hosts a light and sound 1857 revolt show every evening. Opposite to British Residency, the Shaheed Smarak commemorates the lives of several mutineers of the 1857 revolt. Located amidst bustling roads of Lajpatnagar, Rumi Darwaza offers a unique sense of stillness. Built in the 18th century, this majestic gateway stands sixty-feet tall displaying intricate architecture and design. Ramnagar Fort near Varanasi houses a museum that exhibits antiques, vintage automobiles, chairs made of jewels, an astronomical clock that's more than 150 years old and many ancient weapons. Dhamek Stupa, located in Sarnath, is a massive stone and brick structure that holds immense importance in Buddhism. It's believed that the stupa was built about 1,500 years ago. The structure is adorned with elegant carvings of flowers, people, and birds. Rani Mahal in Jhansi is the former royal palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai. It was renovated and since then is home to several personal belongings and artifacts of the Queen and from the 9th century. Jhansi Fort, located on top of the Bangira Hill, tells several stories of wars and heroism through its grandeur. There are several interesting places to visit nearby this fort. Other famous historical places include Chhattar Manzil, Dilkusha Kothi, Constantia House, Satkhanda, Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri, Moti Masjid, Anguri Bagh, Fatehpur Sikri, Husainabad Clock Tower, Chunar Fort, Allahabad Fort, Aligarh Fort, Khusro Bagh, and many others.
Museums
If you wish to learn about India's history then you must visit the Lucknow State Museum located in Lucknow. It houses several artifacts, paintings, coins, musical instruments and ancient weapons. Allahabad Museum is one the national level museums of India. Through its display of amazing collections the museum offers a glimpse into the culture, traditions, history, environment and heritage of India. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum in Varanasi exhibits an exquisite collection of paintings, jewellery, artifacts, textiles, pottery, sculptures, manuscripts etc. Hussainabad Picture Gallery, Kanpur museum, Taj Museum, Allahabad Museum and Sarnath Museum each of these museums are perfect for history buffs and archaeology enthusiasts.
Rivers & Ghats
River Ganga is revered as one of the most holy sites in India. As it graces Varanasi with its sacred presence the river banks illuminate with the evening aarti (Hindu ritual). People from across the world come here to purify themselves in the holy water of Ganga and also perform different rituals for the same. The boat ride along the river offers astounding views of the river bank and the flock of people immersed in faith. Dasaswamedh Ghat is one such river bank. The vibrant ambience of this ghat makes it one of the best places to visit in Uttar Pradesh. Every night there is grand Ganga Aarti held by this Ghat, the experience of which will stay with you for a long time. Vishram Ghat, on the banks of River Yamuna situated near Mathura, is another sacred bathing ghat worth visiting in Uttar Pradesh. Mathura has nearly 26 ghats and Vishram Ghat is the prime attraction. Visit this river bank in the evening as the sky and water merge beautifully creating a blue canvas. Assi Ghat, situated in the southernmost part of Varanasi is another holy ghat that sees hundreds of pilgrims everyday to take a dip in the holy Ganga River and seek blessings from the sacred Shiva Lingam (phallic representation of Lord Shiva). Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is revered to be one of the holiest places in Central India. It's the confluence point of River Ganga, River Yamuna and the nearly non-existent River Saraswati. This place holds a great religious value in India. A boat ride along the rivers will help to differentiate between River Ganga and River Yamuna. It's the most beautiful and serene place to visit. Some other ghats include Bhramavart Ghat, Patthar Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Kedar Ghat, Sivala Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Keshi Ghat and many others.
Waterfalls
Vindham Waterfalls located in Mirzapur is a famous picnic spot. The tranquil water surrounded by lush greenery makes this a perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate. Lakhaniya Dari Waterfall is a perfect melange of adventure and leisure. The falls can be reached through a small trek. It also offers panoramic views of the nature surrounding the pristine waterfalls. Other famous waterfalls include Devdari Waterfalls, Rajdari Waterfalls, Tanda Falls and Mukkha Falls are some of the other beautiful waterfalls in Uttar Pradesh.
Wildlife
Lucknow Zoo is home to more than nine hundred exquisite species of birds, reptiles and mammals such as White Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Asiatic Lion and Royal Bengal Tiger. The toy train ride through the zoo is a delightful activity for kids and adults alike. Kanpur Zoological Park, also known as Allen Forest Zoo, is adorned with lush greenery, pristine lake, picturesque landscapes, life-size models of dinosaurs and exquisite flora and fauna. Some of the animals include leopards, sloths, bears, zebras, rhinoceros and several reptiles.
Temples/Places of Worship
Shri Ram Krishna Math is an ideal place in Lucknow to meditate and rejuvenate. The surrounding greenery and the temple's white marble studded architecture add to the beauty of the red sandstone structure. Juggilal Kamlapat (JK) Temple in Kanpur is equally marvellous and closely resembles the old vernacular temple architectural style. The 300-year-old Shri Durga Temple situated to the west of Assi Ghat in Varanasi offers similar spirituality as you'd feel near the ghats. Many Hindu pilgrims from across the country travel to Varanasi at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple to seek the blessings from the almighty. It's also called the Golden Temple because of its spire - plated in nearly 800 kilograms of pure gold. It's architecture is astounding and has inspired several temples' design. Dwarkadhish Temple is one of the holiest temples in Mathura. Built in 1814, this temple is famous for its magnificent architecture and beautiful paintings. Other famous places of worship include Chandrika Devi Temple, Jain Glass Temple, ISKCON Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Batuk Bhairav Temple, Tibetan Temple, Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal, Trivathi Nath Temple, Khereshwar Temple, Dauji Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, Prem Mandir, among others.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

Prominent parts of Uttar Pradesh can be covered in 7 to 10 days. You can spend a day or two in Lucknow visiting the heritage sites, religious places and bustling markets. Moving towards the east you can explore Varanasi. Spend a day or two here exploring the temples, river banks, waterfalls, busy alleys, markets, and the holy River Ganga. Spend an evening at the Dasaswamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat to attend the evening Ganga Aarti. Spend a day or two exploring Mathura, Sarnath and Vrindavan which are the spiritual and religious hubs of Uttar Pradesh. Spend a day in Agra visiting the majestic heritage sites and monuments which would be the best way to end the trip to this beautiful state. 


Cuisine
  • Uttar Pradesh offers a large variety of dishes. Right from snacks to a full course meal every food item has an earthly flavour to it coupled with aromatic spices. Some of the famous dishes include Tunday Kebab, Lucknowi Biryani, Tehri, Paneer Pasanda, Bati Chokha, and many others. The desserts of Uttar Pradesh are quite famous given the variety the state offers such as Jalebi, Khurchan, Petha, Kulfi Falooda, Sheermal, among others. Awadhi cuisine is a must-try when you are in Uttar Pradesh.
Costs
  • While the meal prices can vary, the average cost of food Uttar Pradesh usually is around INR 170 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Other need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 10 days

Known For
  • Historical Monuments
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls
  • Temples
  • Wildlife
Areas to Visit
  • Dasaswamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat for evening Ganga Aarti
  • Heritage sites in Agra such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb etc
  • Mathura and Vrindavan for ancient temples
  • Waterfalls near Varanasi - Vindham Falls, Devdari Waterfalls, Rajdari Waterfalls etc.
  • Aligarh for sky-diving

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