This is a state that has always been the bone of contention in politics in India and offers deeply religious centres for both the Hindus and Muslims. Varanasi and Agra sights show how well the two people merge here from time immemorial. Uttar Paradesh is likely to be on every India itinerary with the Taj Mahal in Agra. If you take time to explore the state you will head out to Varanasi where the famous river ghats and holy rituals make colourful photographs at any time of the day. Explore the Nawab relics of Lucknow with its unique history in poetry, chikan fabric work and Mughalai cuisine.
Explore the town known as the birth place of Krishna, the blue skinned, flute-toting, heart-breaker of a God, who would leave swooning women in the wake of his music. Discover his early playgrounds of Gokul, Govardhan and Vrindavan near by along the banks of the Yamuna.
A total of seven Prime Ministers of India came from Allahabad but more intriguing is how 70 million pilgrims converge here every 12 years for the Kumbh Mela. Explore the ancient city where the great rivers of Ganga and Yamuna meet at Allahabad and wash everything about the place with bold streaks of Hindu holiness.
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Discover the Buddha's final resting place where the cycle of birth and rebirth ended and liberation or nirvana was attained.
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View the Taj Mahal, the gift of love in the moonlight like Shah Jahan did from his tower with the shimmering Yamuna making it all the more ethereal. It may be a symbol of great love but the Taj Mahal is also the final resting place of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan and is a mausoleum, which is to be entered in silence and what better way to do this than on nights when the moon is fat?
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The events of the 1850s are recalled differently in British and India history. To the British, this is the great Indian Mutiny and to Indians, it is the Great Sepoy Rebellion. The nuance of naming is reflected in the different telling of the history.
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Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, the world's most enduring symbol of love and passion. There are few experiences to match seeing it bathed in the light of dawn. Few things bring up the gasps in the viewer as this marble building that always feels much bigger than what you imagined it to be.
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