Located 13 kilometers east of Varanasi, Sarnath (in state of Uttar Pradesh) is considered to be the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the teachings of Dharma after his enlightenment. The site was a deer park which became the birthplace of the Buddhist Sangha and is one of the major pilgrimage spot for the Buddhists in India. The name Sarnath literally means ‘Lord of the deer’ and was established by the King of Banaras who created this town as a sanctuary for the deer. Here’s the list of the best places to visit in Sarnath.
The city was originally named as Prayag or the place of offerings and is revered as one of the most important pilgrim spot for the Hindus in India. The city is a home to a confluence known as the triveni, and is the meeting point of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers of India. The city is also the second oldest city in India with its origins traced back to the Vedic Period. The city was named to Allahabad or Ilahabad by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 which literally means the Garden of Allah in Urdu. The place has been mentioned in the ancient texts of the Vedas as the place where Lord Brahma organized a sacrificial ritual. Known to be one of the major pilgrim spots and a booming economic center in India, here’s the list of the best places to visit in Allahabad.
A part of the Agra district, Fatehpur Sikri was a once blooming capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar till 1585, when the city was abandoned due to the proximity of the area to the Rajputana neighborhood and scarcity of water. The capital was moved back to Agra and the town remained a ghost town during most of the older times. The name Fatehpur Sikri was formerly known as Fatahabad which is derived from a Persian word Fatah meaning victory. The purpose of building the city was Akbar’s intention to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chishti and the entire palace complex is built around the saint’s tomb. Today the city stands as one of the most preserved specimens of Mughal Architecture in India. Here’s the list of the best places to visit in Fatehpur Sikri.
The Capital city of Uttar Pradesh and often described as the ‘City of Nawabs’, Lucknow is one of the most pristine and multicultural tourist destinations of India. The city primarily flourished during the 18th and the 19th centuries as an artistic and cultural center of India under the reign of the Nawabs of Awadh. The city is also the second largest city of North India and the 11th largest city in the country. The city contains various architectural wonders, historical monuments, cuisines and is a cultural hub in itself. Here’s the list of best places you must visit in Lucknow.
Uttar Pradesh, which is referred to as the ‘Heartland of India’, boasts of a rich cultural heritage. The land offers feast to minds that love to explore – be it nature or history. It is not only gifted by nature but it is also home to some of the best man-made monuments. You need not command much of a geographical knowledge to recall that the majestic rivers Ganges and Yamuna flow through this state. Neither is the need to strain your history brain to remember Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri when Uttar Pradesh is mentioned. The state has more to offer. Here are the top 14 places to visit in Uttar Pradesh.
People have various reasons to travel. If your reason to travel is to visit a holy place that offers great and unique experience with its historical value apart from its pilgrimage tag, Varanasi could be the right choice. The old city has great places that never fade in your memory once you visit the place. Varanasi is located on the banks of the famous and mighty river Ganges. Ganges has a great belief attached to it by followers of Hinduism. It is believed that the river washes away the sins on taking a dip in the river. Varanasi is famously called the city of temples and learning. Varanasi is a mixture of religion, philosophy, culture and crafts. Here are listed the 6 places to visit in Varanasi trip.
Whatever type of tour one may opt for, be it a tour for entertainment or pilgrimage, there is an element of education in it. Man learns a lot while traveling and it was travel that has brought the early man this far. Every place has a message and every tour has an element of entertainment, education and of course fun. However, there are certain locations that stand apart for the sheer excellence they have to offer in terms of natural beauty or man made wonders. Agra in Uttar Pradesh is one such place and if it is your choice destination for this year’s vacation, take some time to go through the places to visit in Agra that you are not supposed to miss on your tour to Agra.