Uttar Pradesh is the land of Lord Krishna, Rama, Buddha and Taj Mahal. This state is painted in different colours of cuisines, festivals, arts and nature. There is almost everything available in Uttar Pradesh that one seeks in a vacation. One can experience the solace of nature, the delicious cuisines or the architectural sites of Uttar Pradesh.
The Ganga Aarti in Varanasi
Varanasi is the city of a traveller’s imagination. Located at the banks of river Ganga, it is one of the most colourful cities in the world. Ganga Aarti is performed every evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. Through the Aarti, Agni Pooja is performed which is devoted to Mother Ganga and lord Shiva.
It is a magnificent event which must be witnessed while travelling to Uttar Pradesh. It is a great spiritual experience. The beautiful river, lamps flowing through the river, the sound of waves and a serene environment makes it a unique experience. The timing of aarti is at 6.45 PM in the evening after the sunset which continue for around 45 minutes at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. One should reach an hour earlier so as to see the complete view of the Aarti.
In words of Rabindranath Tagore it is ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’. A world heritage site, one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
A walk along the pathway beside the reflecting pool with fountains up to the mausoleum is a great experience. The mausoleum is made up of pure marble and crafted with precious stones. Taj has a rich history associated with it and a beautiful love story of a queen and her king. The mystique of this place unfolds with every step inside the building.
The Taj is the beauty personified, it displays various shades during the day ranging from pinkish in the morning to golden at night when the moon shines over it.
Vrindavan is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. It is situated about 11 Kms away from Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna. The atmosphere is filled with spirituality and the glorious stories of Radha and Krishna. It is a sacred place for Hindus. The places of Krishna worship include places like Gokul and Govardhan that are associated with Krishna. Every year millions of devotees of Radha and Krishna visit these places and participate in a number of festivals. According to Bhagavata Purana, Krishna was raised with the cow herders by the foster parents Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda. Krishna spent his childhood here and engaged in childhood pranks and plays which lead to some famous stories of his childhood that are now part of folklore.
Several temples devoted to Radha and Krishna are located here. The Madan Mohan Temple located near the Kali Ghat, Meera Bai Temple, located at southern side of Shahji temple near Nidhivan which is dedicated to bhakti movement saint Meera Bai who devoted all her life to lord Krishna. One famous temple is the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir which is under construction and it will be the tallest temple in world on completion.
Lucknow Heritage Walk
It’s a guided tour of the old city, starting from Lal Pul, Tila Wali Masjid, Bara Imambara, Gol Darwaja, Chowk Bazaar, Phool Wali Gali to Akbari Darwaja. An experienced guide accompanies the visitors who answers all questions related to the sites and traditions of Lucknow. The timings are from 7:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. from April to September and from 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. from October to March.
This is the core of old Lucknow. This historic region of the city has some unique cultural and architectural attractions. Some architectural marvels located here are the Machchi Bhavan, the Gol Darwaza and the Tomb of Shah Mina. To the west of Machchi Bhavan is Rumi Darwaza and the Bada Imambara. The city has retained its old glamour, in the changed harmony with modern trade and culture. One can feel the sound of workers hammering silver to thin sheets, fragrance of scented oil and delicious sweets under preparation in the air.
Sangam in Allahabad
The Triveni sangam in Prayag, Allahabad is a confluence of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati River. This Place is of huge religious importance to Hindus and it’s the site for the historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. One can see the merging of two different rivers. Ganga with its shallow clear water and Yamuna is the calm deep and green one. The Saraswati remains hidden, but the faithful believe that she makes her presence felt underwater. At the confluence, Yamuna is forty feet deep while Ganga is only four feet deep. The two rivers merge and meet the sea in Bay of Bengal. People take boats to visit and take holy dip here. Several Migratory birds travel here. This place has a divine feel and one must visit here while travelling to Uttar Pradesh