August 01, 2017: Experience a fine meld of a preserved past and a changing present at the most culturally rich state of India. Yes, we are talking about “Uttar Pradesh” the most vibrant state of India. The states majestic architectural work on the monuments, the piquant and mouth-watering Awadhi cuisine, the fine chicken work on fabrics and the brass work on utensils is something every traveller or a tourist should not miss upon. Here are the topmost 8 places to visit in Uttar Pradesh to broaden one s horizon on Indian history and culture.
1. Taj Mahal – Agra Present in Agra, and also known as the “Crown of Palaces” in Arabic, this immortal masterpiece is an awe-inspiring structure anyone could ever see in their lifetime. It’s a gem of Islamic art, however it combines Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles which were a part of the Mughal Empire. A visit to this 7th wonder of the world is a must and shouldn’t be missed upon at all!
3. Kumbh Mela – Allahabad Held once in 12 years, Hindu pilgrims from all over the world gather here to bathe in the holy river during the Kumbh as they believe this will help in washing away their sins, make them perpetually blessed by the divine and take them a step closer to salvation. It’s one of the largest gatherings in the world and is known to be over 2000 years old !
4. Dhamek Stupa – Sarnath Dhamek Stupa a.k.a Dhamekh or Dhamekha is cylindrical in shape and built with red bricks and stone with the lower part being entirely covered with aesthetically appealing carved stones. Located 13 km northeast of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, this unique Stupa depicts great craftsmanship of Buddhist art and sculpture and attract attention of thousands of visitors round the year including national and international pilgrims, tourists, dignitaries, archaeologists and historians. Buddhist pilgrims from around the world including many national and international dignitaries visit the Stupa to offer prayer to Lord Buddha.
5. Bara Imambara – LucknowAmong the grandest buildings of Lucknow, Bara Imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. This monument s roof is made up from rice husk which makes it a unique building. Also this city of Nawabs depicts an amazing blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture. So fine is its literature, cuisine, performing arts, chicken embroidery, zardozi and tehzeeb, that it puts it at the zenith and the world knows it. Don’t forget to eat the Kebabs and Biryani, since they are the most delectable and popular amongst the cuisine of Lucknow.
6. AyodhyaFamed as a city of temples, Ayodhya is an important pilgrimage centre situated on the right bank of the river Saryu, about 110 km from Lucknow. Hundreds of devotees come here to take a holy dip in Saryu (a sacred river) throughout the year on various religious occasions. Also, the remnants of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam can still be found in Ayodhya. So, head here for a deeply spiritual experience.
7. Fatehpur Sikri World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of Akbar’s kingdom from 1571 to 1585. Today, the historic ruins and red Sikri sandstone buildings that stand here take you back in time to the royal Mughal era. The marvellous architecture of Buland Darwaza and Panch Mahal here are not to be missed.
8. VaranasiVaranasi a.k.a Kashi, Banaras is known to be one of the most vibrant and magical place on earth. It is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. It is famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, ivory works, perfumes, and sculpture. Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. It’s a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth).
– By Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram