State of Uttar Pradesh Things to Do

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State of Uttar Pradesh Things to Do

  • The Red Fort

    Agra Things to Do

    There have been fortifications on this strategic site on the Yamuna River for nearly a thousand years. And the fortress has changed hands many times and in many wars. This it was, when Akbar chose Agra as his capital in 1558, his armies found it largely ruined. On his orders, architects and labourers raised of the massive red sandstone ramparts,...

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  • The Taj Mahal

    Agra Things to Do

    'Look Madam! A Flower! Top to bottom, bottom to top, like a Persian Carpet. Built by the Shah Jahan. Restored by the Lord Curzon...' I think this was the seventeenth time our estimable tourist guide had repeated this phrase, or something very like it. It all blurred after a while. We had chosen to hire a guide that morning for a tour of the...

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  • marble carvings of the Taj Mahal

    Agra Things to Do

    Twenty eight different types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble to create some amazing designs. The marble itself came from Makrana in Rajasthan, Jade and crystal came from China, turquoise from Tibet, Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan, carnelian from Arabia, Nacre from south India and Sri Lanka - to name a few The...

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  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Agra Things to Do

    The construction of Fatehpur Sikri by Mughal emperor Akbar as the new capital of his empire actually was a big mistake. After only 15 years he abandoned it because the water supply for the city was too difficult. According to a legend Akbar build the city at this location because it was the domicile of Salim Chishti, a holy man who helped him to...

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  • Sikandra

    Agra Things to Do

    The Great Mughal Emperor Akbar rests, as is the custom, in a crypt in the basement of his mausoleum, which stands inside a walled enclosure north of Agra. The entry is through the imposing red sandstone, marble inlaid south gate, replete with four white marble chhatri-topped minarets. In the early morning mist, there is just us, a few squirrels,...

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  • Baby Taj

    Agra Things to Do

    This small tomb, across the Yamuna river from the town of Agra, and its more famous monuments. It is often called 'the Baby Taj', and likened to a jewel box. The tomb, was built in the 1620s, for the father of Jahangir's wife (and grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal). and illustrates a progression from earlier Mughal mausoleums, built from red sandstone...

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  • Diwan-i-Khas

    Agra Things to Do

    The Diwan-i-Khas or Hall of Private Audience has the most beautiful marble inlay work and carvings of the same quality as that seen in teh Taj Mahal. The columns have wonderful floral designs and the walls are covered by intraicte carvings and more inlay work. Unfortunately, the day I visited the building was closed for repair.

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  • Getting around Agra

    Agra Things to Do

    Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was first mentioned in Mahabharata when it was called Agrabana, or Paradise. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination today because of its many Mughal era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur...

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  • Jami Masjid

    Agra Things to Do

    Commissioned by Princess Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan, Jami Masjid is the grand "Friday" mosque of Agra. The red sandstone structure was completed in 1649 AD in a typical Mughal-period design, similar but smaller in scale to that of Delhi. It consists of a spacious elevated courtyard bordered by arched porticoes to the north...

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  • Anguri Bagh

    Agra Things to Do

    Angoori Bagh is situated infront of the Khas Mahal.It was established by Akbar the Great for his empress and other ladies of his 'Harem'.It is said that the soil for this was brought from Kashmir.The garden is surrounded by double storied building on three sides.

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  • Marble Handicrafts Emporium

    Agra Things to Do

    This is a typical tourist trap. Your driver may tell you this is an interesting place to go to and that you do not have to buy... and yes, you can see men demonstrating the good old art of setting gems into the marble (just as they did at the Taj Mahal all those years ago) and you cannot argue that it is a terribly time consuming and rather...

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  • Day hike to vashudhara falls

    This is a fairly good day hike...the falls is 8 km from Badrinath or 5 km from Mana...one can travel by taxi till Mana and hike to the falls..its an easy hike the scenery is great and you can see the alaknanda throughout the trail....the meadows are filled with wild flowers...and the falls at the end of the trail is breathtaking.

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  • Vasudhara Falls

    3 km from Mana village, the Vasudhara falls, 125 m high, against the backdrop of snow covered mountains and glaciers is a captivating sight. The torrents of water come gushing down and are diffused in fine showers and soft mist by wind blowing from different directions. Close to the falls are prominent peaks of Satopanth, Chaukhamba and Balkum. One...

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  • Mana village

    Mana Village, is inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe It is the last village on the Indo-Tibet border. Many places famous in Hindu mythology lie close to Mana Village such as Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul and Vasudhara falls. One can walk upto Mana on foot it is 3 km from Badrinath.We wanted to trek to Vashudhara so we walked all the way,From...

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  • Hemkund lake

    The lake is fed by the glaciers and is very beautiful.The total silence enhances the beauty of the place.

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  • Badrinath -Mythology

    Badrinath is said to have a history going back thousands of years. According to Skand Puran, when Lord Shiv was asked about the origins of Badrinath, he simply said that it was eternal, without a beginning. The lord of this region is the god Narayan himself. When the god is eternal, his name, image, life and abode are also eternal. Only the forms...

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  • Badrinath

    Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage.Badrinath is located at 30.73° N 79.48° E. It has an average elevation of 3,415 metres (11,204 feet). It is in the Garhwal hills, on the banks of the Alaknanda River....

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  • Himalayan blue poppy

    I have often seen images of the blue poppy and mostly people have written that it is the flower found only in the himalayas...i have seen them while on my trek to hemkund and valley of flowers.So I thought of doing some research on this flower.Lots of discussion about this flower...." The genus Meconopsis includes the elusive Himalayan Blue...

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  • Brahmakamal

    Saussurea obvallata, also known as Brahma Kamal, is a species of flowering plant named after Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. It is native to the Himalayas, India, Northern Burma and South-West China.I tried looking for more info on Brahmakamal..however I find people are confused about two species of flowers one that is found in the himalayas and...

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  • Hemkund

    Hemkund, with a spectacular setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven peaks, is a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs. It is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of over 15,000 ft (4,600 m) in Uttarakhand state of India. Hemkund is sanskrit name derived from two meaning 'Hem' - Himalayas & "Kund", Bowl so by hindu mythology it is meant Bowl...

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  • Ghanghariya

    Ghangharia, a small village situated in the midst of pine forest, is the base to trek to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers. 14 kms from Govind Ghat the last bus terminus on the way, Ghangharia is a pretty hamlet of dense vegetatin, whispering forests and panoramic view of lovely Kak Bhusandi Valley.It is here that Pushpawati River merges with Hemganga...

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  • valley of flowers

    The Valley was introduced to the world as the Valley of Flowers by Frank S, Smith - mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work. He authored a book called "The Valley of Flowers" which unveiled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and thus threw open the doors...

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  • Jai-Guru Dav Temple

    I have seen this temple is more white then the Taj Mahal.This hindu temple is made from marbel.There is no an entrance charg .You have to leave your shoes at the entrance.

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  • Ayodhya/Lord Rama, the seventh...

    Ayodhya is situated on the right bank of the river Ghagra or Saryu. Just 6 km from Faizabad, Ayodhya is a popular pilgrim centre. This town is closely associated with Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The ancient city of Ayodhya, according to the Ramayana, was founded by Manu, the law-giver of the Hindu. For centuries, it was the...

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  • Nandgoan

    Nadgaon lies 8.5 km north of Barsana on the metalled road to Mathura (56 km). According to tradition, it was the home of Shri Krishna's foster father, Nand. On the top of the hill is the spacious temple of Nand Rai, built by the Jat ruler Roop Singh. The other temples here are dedicated to Narsingha, Gophinath, Nritya Gopal, Girdhari, Nand Nandan...

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  • Barsana

    Barsana, 50 km to the north-west of Mathura and 19 km north-west of Govardhan, is situated at the foot of a hill that is named after Brahma. Barsana was once the home of Radha-Rani, Krishna's beloved and consort.Temples dedicated to the divine couple ornament the four elevations of the hill. The main among them is the Radha-Rani Temple, more fondly...

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  • Govardhan

    Govardhan is situated 26 km west of Mathura on the state highway to Deeg. A famous place of Hindu pilgrimage, Govardhan is located on a narrow sandstone hill known as Giriraj which is about 8 km in length. The young Lord Krishna is said to have held Giriraj up on the tip of a finger for 7 days and nights to shield the people of Braj from the deluge...

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  • Gokul Mathura

    The most celebrated of Shri Krishna's abode, Gokul lies to the west of Sadabad, 1.6 km from Mahavan and 15 km south-east of Mathura, on the Mathura - Etah metalled road. It was here that Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy by Yashoda, in the pastoral beauty of this village on the banks of the Yamuna.Gokul attained importance during the time of...

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  • Vrindavan

    Vrindavan, just 15 km from Mathura, is another major place of pilgrimage. It is noted for its numerous temples - both old and modern. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable characteristics of Shri Krishna. This is the wood where he frolicked with the gopis and tenderly wooed Radha.The Rangaji Temple, built in 1851, is dedicated to...

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  • Mathura/Birth place of Lord Krishna

    Today, Mathura is a city of temples and shrines abustle with the thousands of devotees who come to visit the city of Lord Krishna. A splendid temple at the Katra Keshav Dev marks the spot that is believed to be the Shri Krishna Janmasthan - the birthplace of the Lord, by his devotees. Another beautiful shrine, the Gita Mandir, located on the...

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  • Bara Imambara/Bhoolbhooliyan Lucknow

    Also known as the Bara Imambara, it was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and is one of the architectural highlights of the era. The central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork used in the structure. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths...

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  • Wild Life at Dudhwa National Park

    Dudhwa Situated on the Indo-Nepal border in District Lakhimpur-Kheri of Uttar Pradesh, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve with an area of 614 sq. Km is one of the finest, of the few remaining examples of the exceedingly diverse and productive tarai eco-systems. The northern edge of the reserve lies along the Indo-Nepal border and the southern boundary is...

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  • Birds Watching in Dudhwa National Park

    A bird watchers’ haven, Dudhwa is also noted for its wide variety-about 400 species. Its swamps and several lakes attracts varieties of waters fowl. Being close to the Himalayan foothills, Dudhwa also gets its regular winter visitors - the migratory water birds. The Banke Tal is perhaps the most popular spot for bird watchers. There are egrets,...

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  • Agra Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal. Sheer poetry in marble. Majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. The Taj Mahal, the one and only one of its kind across the world. The monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen. The ultimate realisation of Emperor Shahjahan's dream. One of the wonders of the world. From 1631 A.D., it took 22 years in the making. An...

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  • Hussainabad/Chhota Imambara Lucknow

    Near the Rumi Darwaza, this structure houses the tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah, its builder, and of his mother. Built between 1837 and 1842, it is also called the Chhota Imambara. It is approached through a fine garden. The Imambara has a white dome and numerous turrets and minarets. The walls of the mausoleum are decorated with verses in Arabic....

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  • Taj Mahal

    I don't think anyone comes to India without the Taj being top of the list. I was here for about 4 days and I had to visit every day and at a different time of day as the Taj changes colour with the time of day. Dawn was definately the best as it was also the quietest.Friday is not a good day to visit as it is packed because it is a Muslim holiday.

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  • Agra

    Agra is the most popular touristic site in India, and in the world. Go and admire the large marble structure and inlaid work on its building. You can also visit Agra Fort and few other site in and around the town.See Agra page for more info.

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