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Overview of Uttar Pradesh

Famous For

The Taj Mahal

Moghul architecture

Holy city of Varanasi

When to go

September - March


April - July

Regions within Uttar Pradesh


Bordering Nepal in the north and Delhi in the west, Uttar Pradesh is considered by many as 'the' northern state.  One of the least known states by name, Uttar Pradesh, (affectionately know as UP) is one of the most visited states in India for being home to one of the most famous buildings in the world: the Taj Mahal.

Located in Agra, the Taj Mahal is considered the finest of Moghul architecture.
Shah Jahan built this mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, following her death.  
Using marble from Jodhpur in Rajasthan and precious stones world-wide as far away as China, the Taj Mahal perhaps represents the ultimate romantic gesture.

Often overlooked but certainly worthy of a visit, is the sandstone palace of Fatehpur Sikri.  Another demonstration of supreme Moghul architecture, the Emperor Akbar’s impressive palace complex, uniquely accommodating Hindu and Muslim buildings & design side-by-side, is beautifully preserved after being left deserted for almost 400 years.

Uttar Pradesh also holds great significance to followers of Hinduism and Buddhism, with some of the most impressive temples and monuments in the whole of country for both faiths being found within the state: Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges, considered the holiest Hindu city in the world as well as Allahabad, the location of Hindu pilgrimage and its Mela (religious fairs); Buddhists visit Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon. 


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