Known as UP, Uttar Pradesh is the heartland of Hinduism, dominating the nation in religion, language politics and culture, and is a fascinating state thanks largely to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, and the enthralling city of Varanasi. The mythical and imposing River Ganges runs through the state providing a spiritual backbone. The region is also home to Fatehpur Sikri, an awe inspiring deserted palace complex, and Sarnath the haunting ruins where Buddha gave his first sermon. Although home to one of the eight wonders of the world, ensure you delve deeper into this wonderful historically and politically important state.
Our sample tours visiting Uttar Pradesh
Located in the Himalayan foothills, where the River Ganges enters the plain of the country, Haridwar is dotted with many historic temples and religious shrines and is ancient pilgrimage site. Easily accessible by rail from Delhi, Haridwar is one of India’s seven Hindu holy cities. There are five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar – Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta.
Corbett National Park
Corbett National park is a famous reserve established in 1936 as India’s first National Park. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the park is home to Flora and Fauna, and is renowned for its varied wildlife, and where Project Tiger was originally launched. The park was renamed after the legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett following his seminal book ‘The Man- Easters of Kumaon’ and even today these stunning creatures cause the excitement and intrigue they always have at the park.
Since ancient times Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading into the Himalaya seeking purity. It is seen as the centre for new age and Hindu activity and spiritual learning’s, like yoga and meditation. Its Ashrams are world famous and attract both travellers and locals, varying in size and opulence. Rishikesh is now emerging as an adventure sports destination, offering trekking, mountaineering, and rafting to visitors keen for excitement and a challenge.