Some travel to explore, some to escape while some to seek solace and Uttar Pradesh, the enchanting land of Incredible India fits all your travelling goals. This land offers feasts to the hearts who love to explore. It has a rich cultural heritage & architectural delight embedded in every nook and cranny and a cuisine to serve every craving of yours. This blend makes this State a perfect destination for your next trip. Ranging from the ever serene Ganga to Ghats to the epitome of love & beauty – Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh is precisely a world in itself.
“Did you ever build a castle in the Air? Here is one, brought down to earth and fixed for the wonder of ages.”
– Bayard Taylor, American novelist on Taj mahal
Taj Mahal is an epitome of artistry, love & beauty splashing wonder to the world since decades. Whether its glowing white walls, marvelous minarets or mesmerizing carvings, this Wonder of the Wonders never fails to grab hearts. It is a proud gem of Uttar Pradesh which attracts the people from across the world. It was built by the grief stricken Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal sits pretty on the northern side of a green paradise. Its charm that shines forth bestrews the onlookers with an aura of love and beauty.
Ghats of Varanasi
Varanasi is a city believed to be older than the time itself. It is referred to in the Scriptures as ‘Kashi’, derived from the word ‘Kash’ meaning Brightness – “The City of Light”. The city cradles 87 Ghats, bestrewed beautifully across the city. The spectacular long sweep of Ghats on the Holy Ganga is unique and creates a fascinating sight. Life unfolds here from dawn to dusk as a steady stream of devotees, on auspicious days perform rituals.
The Ghats of Varanasi find place in many ancient Vedas & Scriptures. They even cast their magic on the famous Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, as he defines Varanasi as “Absolutely Staggering”. Every Ghat on this land has an anecdote or a fascinating history behind it. It is believed that ‘Dashashwamedh Ghat’ is the oldest Ghat of the city. It is the same Ghat, which comes alive during Ganga Aarti, with lights & lamps. Some come here to immerse in the divine aura, feel the bliss or to simply take peace in the ever-blowing breeze over these Ghats. The charm of these Ghats attracts people from across the Globe.
Located around 10 Kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the most revered Buddhist Pilgrim centres. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, it was on this land that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. In those times, Sarnath was called Rishipattana or Mrigdev because, it was an ideal place for sages and was a dense forest inhabited by deers. Today, Sarnath treasures the most expensive ruins among the places on the Buddhist trail. Venture this cradle of Buddhism and discover the essence of Buddhism.
Mathura – Vrindavan
In the Brahmanda Purana it is said that all the results of traveling on all the pilgrimages within the three worlds can be achieved simply by touching the holy land of Mathura. (Nectar of Devotion Ch. 12)
Sweeter than candy floss, colourful like rainbow, enchanting as fare and playful like a kid, such is the land of Lord Krishna- Mathura. Also known as Brajbhoomi, it is a land soaked in lovely culture, which is enough to steal your heart forever. Celebrating love from the time Lord Krishna was born, the temples here are the divine attractions of Mathura. Folkores come to these temples, not only to fulfill their wishes but to learn an enchanting way of life. Most of the temples of Mathura are dedicated to Lord Krishna as the prime deity and who is also the city’s first citizen. However, there are four Shrines of Lord Shiva on the outskirts of the city. The most famous temple of Mathura is the Krishna Janambhoomi Temple, while other prominent temples include, Dwarkadhish Temple, Rangeshwar Temple, Keshav Dev Temple, Giriraj Temple, Neelkantheshwar Temple. The city also bodes serene & peaceful places like the Kusum Sarovar, Shiv Tal, Prayag Ghat and Kankhal Ghat.
If food is your reason to travel, then Uttar Pradesh is the stop for you. Offering multi-cultural cuisine, this State offers a food heaven for every gourmet. This land is as diverse in its food as it is in its culture & beauty. Whether it’s Pan of Benaras or Kebabs of Lucknow, what not does this State offers. For people having a sweet tooth, ready to treat it with the sweets of Uttar Pradesh, be it Pedas of Mathura, Makkhan Malai of Lucknow or soft & luscious Petha (winter melon) of Agra.
So, if you are digging a place with a perfect mix to relish your wanderlust then hit the road to the – Uttar Pradesh.