"Himalayas in the north are its crest and the land is garlanded by Ganga and Yamuna."
Uttar Pradesh is a land of cultural and geographical diversity. It is blessed by tranquil expanses of meadows, perennial rivers, dense forests and fertile soil. It is the heartland of India and plays a crucial role in the culture, politics, agriculture, education, industry and tourism of India.
Uttar Pradesh is the largest tourist destination in India and abounds with beautiful spots and pilgrimage centers. Situated in the northern part of India, it shares boundary with Uttaranchal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and an international border with Nepal.
Uttar Pradesh has a glorious history. It is the land of Lord Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Mahavir. The epics Ramayana and the Mahabharata, were written in Uttar Pradesh. It was here that the Buddha lived and preached to his disciples. The Mughals established their empire here. It is also home to India's most visited site, the Taj Mahal, the oldest living and holiest city Varanasi.
The First War of Indian Independence against British rule in 1857 had its roots in this state. Mathura- Vrindavan will bring peace to your inner self and make your visit soothing and ethereal.
"Uttar Pradesh also possesses most respected Muslim pilgrimage centres such as Dargahs, Mosques and Tombs. It is the heart of Buddhism and here lies the origin of Jainism."
"Uttar Pradesh is a shoppers' delight. Nowhere in India you get a range of products on offering as in Uttar Pradesh."
Kathak, one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, has its origins in Uttar Pradesh. The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is rich and varied. Awadhi, Mughlai and sweets from here have lip-smacking fans across the world. For art-lovers, brassware and bronzes from Moradabad are famous throughout the world. Aligarh is famous for its locks while bangles and glassware from Firozabad have their sparkle in international markets.
In the Awadh region, Lucknow has an established place for its Chikankari work, while Varanasi in the east is famous for its Zardozi designs and silk sarees. In fact no Indian wedding complete without a Banarasi saree. Every town of Uttar Pradesh has something unique for the traveller.