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Uttar Pradesh, the heartland of India is credited with historical places and archaeological monuments. Read this travel article to know about Best Tourist Places in Uttar Pradesh

Credited with the loveliest archaeological monuments and historical places, the state of Uttar Pradesh is drenched in colours, style, cultural legacy, laden with a huge number of tourist places, fragrant with the Nawabi Cuisine, and is echoing with the terms of Awadhi and Urdu. Uttar Pradesh has been the centre of every crucial activity in the history of India. Be it the freedom movement, the art and architecture advancement, British or Mughal Rule, the State of Uttar Pradesh has been an important part of the same. This has led to the intermingling of culture and lifestyle which has made Uttar Pradesh this much rich in its heritage.

Best Tourist Places in Uttar Pradesh

We have brought the list of the Best Tourist Places in Uttar Pradesh and have thus made an effort to bring the best elements of the state to all our readers.


It goes without saying that the place is nevertheless the best tourist destination in the state as it is home to one of the 7 wonders of the modern world – The Taj Mahal. The white marble building is a manifestation of true love and art in its best form. Visited by thousands of tourists on every single day, the place is the very first thing every single visitor should visit on Day 1 in Uttar Pradesh.
Taj Mahal, Agra
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Places to visit in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

  • Agra Fort

  • Fatehpur Sikri

  • Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah

  • Mehtab Bagh

  • Sheesh Mahal

  • Shah Burj

  • Jama Masjid

  • Guru ka Tal

  • Anguri Bagh

and few more places like the Maryamuzzamani Palace, Dayal Bagh, Birbal Bhawan, Wildlife SOS, Khas Mahal, Panch Mahal, Sikandra Fort and Agra Art Gallery.


Varanasi, Ghats
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Famous by the name of Banaras and known by its Banarasi Silk and Silk Sarees, the place has some of the finest temples and educational institutions in the nation.

Famous for the ghats and temples in Uttar Pradesh, one should visit:

  • Ganga River

  • Dasasamedh Ghat

  • Ghats of Banaras

  • Assi Ghat

  • Sarnath

  • Dhamek Stupa

  • Manikarnika Ghat

  • New Vishwanath Temple

  • Archaeological Museum

and many more tourist places to visit like the Monkey Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Kedar Ghat, Ashoka Pillar, Bharat Mata Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Bharat Kala Bhawan, Harishchandra Ghat, and Chunar Fort that promote tourism in Uttar Pradesh.


Lucknow-Bada Imambada
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Lucknow is called as the 'City of Nawabs'. It is famous for its Lakhnawi Kurta/Kurti, Lakhnawi Chicken, embroidered fabrics, exquisite jewellery and heavily decorated bags etc. Once upon a time, the place used to be the centre of Kothas the place is rich in art and culture.

There are more attractions in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh like;

  • British Residency

  • Hazratganj

  • Bara Imambara

  • Rumi Darwaza

  • Lucknow Zoo

  • Chowk

  • Chhot Imambara

  • Aminabad

  • Dr. Ambedkar Park

  • Vidhan Sabha Bhawan Council House

and more places like the Moti Mahal, Constantia House, Kukrail Forest Reserve, Shah Najaf Imambara, Dilkusha Kothi Palace, Husainabad Clock Tower, Parijaat Tree, Chakra Teerth Temple, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Juma Masjid and Gautam Budhha Park.

Mathura and Vrindavan

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Famous for the Holi festival, the lavish temples of Radha-Krishna and the appetizing cuisine, the land of Maakhan and Maakhan Chor – Mathura is one of the most famous tourist places in Uttar Pradesh.

While in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh there are places you should not miss like

  • Sri Krishna Janmasthan

  • Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir

  • Govardhan Hill

  • Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex

  • Vishram Ghat

  • Radha Kund

  • Dwarkadhish Temple

  • Sri Radhavallabh Vrindavan Temple

  • Kusum Sarovar

and there are many more places to visit like the Rangji Temple, Gopishwar Mahadev Temple, Krishna Balram Mandir, Govt. Museum, Kokilavan Dham, Gokulnanda Temple, Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple, Mirabai Temple, Mansi Ganga Tank, Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple, and Kans Quila.

While touring Vrindavan,Uttar Pradesh you can also visit

  • ISKCON Temple

  • Seva Kunj and Nidhuban

  • Shyama Shyam Dham

  • Banke Bihari Temple

  • Kesi Ghat

  • Madan Mohan Temple

  • Radha Damodar Temple

  • Pagal Baba Temple

and few more places like the Govinda Dev Ji, The Sacred lake Kusum Sarovar, Sri Vrinda Kund, Sneh Bihari Temple and Shree Radha Ras Bihari Ashta Sakhi Temple.


Allahabad-Kumbh Mela
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Allahabad is the center of Hinduism and was once known as Prayag. The world famous Kumbh Mela is also held here after every 12 years. Allahabad is located at the Sangam of Ganaga, Saraswati and Yamuna.

The best places to visit around Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh are

  • Khusro Bagh

  • Allahabad Fort

  • Triveni Sangam

  • Allahabad Museum

  • Anand Bhawan

  • Patalpuri Temple and Akshaya Vat

  • Hanuman Mandir

and few more places like Chandrashekhar Azaad Park, Alopi Devi Mandir, Undying Banyan Tree and Jawahar Planetarium.


Mecca Masjid-Nagpur
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Famous as the Manchester of India, Kanpur is the largest city of Uttar Pradesh. It is the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh.

Most popular tourist places in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh are

  • Jajmau

  • Jain Glass Temple

  • Bithoor

  • Kanpur Gardens

  • Boodha Bargad

  • Allen Forest Zoo

  • Shri Radhakrishna Temple

  • Agricultural Gardens

  • Mecca Masjid

Moti Jheel is another place of tourism in Uttar Pradesh especially if you have children.


Ram Paidi-Ayodhya
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The birthplace of Lord Rama and the witness of one of the most crucial event Ramayana; the city of Mathura is another must visit place in Uttar Pradesh.

While in Ayodhya there are few attractions that should not be missed like

  • Kanak Bhawan

  • Ramkot

  • Hanuman Garhi

  • Mausoleum of Bahu Begum

  • Gulab Bari

  • Sita ki Rasoi

  • Shri Maniram Das Chawani

  • Raja Mandir

and few more places like Ramkatha Park, Moti Mahal, Faizabad Museum, Treta Ke Thakur, and Guptar Ghat.


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Famous for the valour and pride of Rani of Jhansi Lakshmibai, the land of Jhansi exudes patriotism from every particle. Jhansi is famous for the historical places and archaeological importance and is very popular among the tourists.

The best places to visit in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh are

  • Rani Mahal

  • Chirgaon

  • Government Museum

  • Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Ki Chatri

  • Jhansi Fort

  • Parichha Dam

  • Ganesh Mandir

  • Barua Sagar

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Famous for the stupas, Sarnath is famous as the Buddhist as well as the Jain religious place. Various excavations have uncovered the rich and important history of this place.

You can visit few places like

  • Sarnath Museum

  • Thai Temple

  • Deer Park

  • Mulagandha Kuti Vihar

  • Chaukhandi Stupa

  • Tibetan Temple

  • Dhammek Stupa

Kushinagar and Meerut:

Dying Buddha-Mahaparinirvana Temple
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Kushinagar, district of the eastern Uttar Pradesh, is known for its cultural heritage all over the world. It is one of the four holiest places for the Buddhists.

Kushinagar is a place of historical importance and attractive places like

  • Mahaparinirvana Temple

  • Kushinagar Museum

  • Ramabhar Stupa

  • Sun Temple

  • Chinese Temple

  • Pawanagar

  • Wat Thai Temple

Meerut is another place of tourist interest which must be visited by all the tourists. Owing to the various revolutionary movements which took place in Meerut, the place is important historically too.

Some of the must visit places in Meerut are

  • Gandhi Bagh

  • Augharnath Mandir

  • Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Pine Children Park

  • Mansa Devi Temple

  • Shahid Smarak

  • Abu Lane

  • Jain Mandir Salawa

  • Chandi Devi Temple

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    Guest Author: Kushagra Kukreja27 Jul 2016

    The gullies of Agra are nasty although Taj Mahal brings great pride for Indians. This is the case with most of UP and Bihar. The old Mughal Architecture is not alone what is attracting in Uttar Pradesh. The street food although looks unhygienic is awesome. The Kachoris and chat from the street side vendors are heavenly.

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