Top 50 Places to visit in Uttar Pradesh

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Best things to do in Uttar Pradesh and sightseeing in Uttar Pradesh

The most populated state of the country and the state which literally means the 'Northern Province' has a history rich with culture, art, devotion and royal days. The capital of this state is Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh is boundaried by Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Nepal, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, bihar and Jharkhand. The major tourist cities here are Lucknow, Agra, Chitrakoot, Kaushambhi, Varanasi, Kushinagar, Jhansi, Allahabad and Mathura. This is also known as the State of the Nawabs and Mughals as they were mainly settled over this region, especially Delhi and Agra. Also, Lord Buddha started his journey from Uttar Pradesh in the 1st Century BC and along with him there were also other saints and great men who were born on this land.

Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh

One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benaras, this place is known for its temples, ghats and the colourful people. The narrow alleys and crowded streets seem to be extremely blissful in spite of all the noise and chaos all around. People come here just to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Varanasi is also known as Uttar Kashi and is situated on the western banks of the Ganges. It is said that a dip in this river frees one from a lifetime of sins. People even say that death here is auspicious as people attain moksha if they die here. Some people also come here tp creamate their loved ones and the sound of the holy temple bells are really soothing music to the ears.
The holy city of Varanasi is the religious hub of the northern region of India. The city of temples is known for its large number of ghats built next to the holy Ganges river. The people in Varanasi are very friendly and helpful in nature and will often at times go out of their way to help out a stranger in need. The city thrives on it’s tourism and as such is considered a very safe spot for travellers to soak in the hindu culture. Things to do: Vishwanath Temple, Assi Ghat, Dashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Ramnagar Fort and Museum, Gyan Kupor Well, Tulsi Manas Temple, New Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple
Sonali Gurung

104 Followers, 65 Reviews


COME FALL IN LOVE WITH INDIA !
Shikha Singh

54 Followers, 40 Reviews


Away from the noise of religion, tradition and culture!! Ganga looks more mesmerizing during night
Preeti Vishwakarma

668 Followers, 46 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
worship, shop
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Agra - Uttar Pradesh

Home to the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is best explored on foot or rickshaw or a rented bike. Renowned worldwide as not only a mausoleum but an epitome of love, the Taj Mahal is profusely crowded during the day till evening. If you're looking to escape the crowd, however, the city's Mughal beauty can be enjoyed from several rooftops and secret locations in the city, or at an early morning yoga session just 100 metres away from the monument. If you want to go further, why not go into the depths of its history through the light and sound shows and plays at the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre. Agra annually hosts the 10-day festival, Taj Mahotsav, a rostrum for culture and colour in the month of February, known for celebrity performances, food stalls and a creative congregate of about 400 artisans across the country showcasing their exquisite art and craft items. Agra easily competes with Delhi's Mughlai monopoly with decade old restaurants such as Bilal Restaurant and Hyderabad Handi, while the Agra cant area houses local food. Speaking of local, Korai village remains a lesser known location, which can give you an entirely different experience and a chance to interact with villagers. Travelling through this beautiful necropolis, one can also enjoy quiet spots, wholesome with nature such as the Keertham Lake and the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, before signing off with a visit to the Agra Fort, I'timad-Ud-Daulah (also known as baby Taj), Chini Ka Raza and Akbar's Tomb, architectural tributes to Mughal history, admired above and beyond India.
Sohita Dikshit ♥♥♥ (Ghamandi Indian...)

120 Followers, 13 Reviews


Final halt at the City of Taj
Sakshi Prakash

277 Followers, 36 Reviews


The otherwise silent Agra seems to be buzzing around the Taj Mahal and its grandeur. A city mostly not explored beyond its most popular icon, Agra needs more attention from the modern traveller.
Tripoto

382 Followers, 351 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,November,December
Things to do
Arts and Culture,Historical Places,Rivers & Lakes,Romantic Getaways,Rivers and Lakes
Open Hours
Budget

Taj Mahal - Uttar Pradesh

This monument is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the most beautiful monument of the whole world. This was a mark of love and honour by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to her 14th child and Shah Jahan was completely shattered. After this he built this beautiful mausoleum about which he himself said that even the sun and the moon would shed tears after seeing it. The main building was built in 8 years after the monument started being built in the year 1631 but the whole complex was completed in the year 1653. The monument is built right on the banks of the River Yamuna and is a symbol of purity and love. The white marble used here makes the place looks even more peaceful when the reflection of the monument falls on the waters of the Yamuna. The red sandstone mosque is also a part of the monument complex. Immediately after the building was completed, Shah Jahan was overpowered by his son Aurangzeb and was imprisoned inside the Agra Fort. He could only sit and look at the Taj Mahal till he died in the year 1666. The building has intricate work especially the beautiful lattice work and the Quran is inscribed on the walls of the monument in the form of beautiful calligraphy. The Persian Garden inside the monument complex is another attraction for the tourists. Every week thousands of people come to visit this place and to experience their dream come true. Some also have to leave disappointed at times but there is alsways a desire left to come back.
Mausoleum of Mughal King Shah Jahan's wife- Mumtaj Mahal
Monika Kothari

8 Followers, 3 Reviews


7th wonder of the world.
Prateek Dham

924 Followers, 557 Reviews


One of world's most beautiful buildings, counted as one of seven wonders of world, a building that stood strong over past 400 years to tell the world, how much a king, who ruled over entire India, missed his beloved wife and what she meant to him. The hugeness of Taj Mahal amazes us at first look. The precision with which it is built leaves a no doubt in our mind that it actually took 22 years to complete Taj Mahal. The entrance and compound walls built in red stone are also huge and remarkable.
Vinit Acharekar

118 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday closed
Budget
Indians- INR 75, Foreigners- INR 750, SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries- INR 510, Free- Children below 15 years

Agra Fort - Uttar Pradesh

This is a beautiful monument which was built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. The Red Fort was initially built as an establishment for the army but was later extended and beautified to convert it into a magnificent palace complex. Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort of Agra as it is completely made of a beautiful red colour sandstone and is also connected to Delhi by a number of networks. There are four prominent gates of this fort but the Amar Darwaza after the name of Maharaja Amar Singh is still used for entry to the fort. Many of the palaces which were earlier built are not found now but among those which still remain are the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Shaha Burj and Mausam Burj. The Jahangiri Mahal is the most attractive out of all palaces. This was a dedication of Akbar to his beloved wife Jodha Bai. It is a multi divisional palace and is still very attractive. This monument is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh.
Agra Fort is the oldest railway station of the Mughal town. It connects the city to Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur and towards Lucknow and beyond on the opposite direction. Since we had to board the train to Abu road from Agra For station, we reached there sharp at 10.00 PM. The train originates from the station itself and so we located our seats in B-1 coach and thus boarded the train.
Raj Gopal S Verma

205 Followers, 23 Reviews


I personally loved this place lot more than Taj Mahal. If one really wants to see how much did the mughal emperors love the beautiful architecture, he/she must visit Agra Fort. Mughal once ruled India from this very place. Agra fort gives us a great view of Taj Mahal standing near Yamuna river. The fort has many beautiful structures build in red stone and white marble, a mosque and places from where the kings carried there governance.
Vinit Acharekar

118 Followers, 11 Reviews


Day 2 - I went early and it wasnt very crowded. I loved the sandstone jali works and carvings at different places inside. Hope I will one day build a house that has jali worked windows! The place is pretty big and still being renovated. The large courtyard inside is paved with stone, and is very calm and serene. Defenitely a a must visit if you havent seen many forts or you dont live in one :P I went on my bike, and luckily paid parking was available right in front of the fort.
Sharath PS

91 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Indians- INR 20, Foreigners- INR 300

Sarnath - Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath is an ancient city which is situated near the meeting point of holy river Ganges and the Gomti River. When Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, he is said to have come down over here and preached his first sermon which was about the middle path of Nirvana. When the followers of Buddha increased even after his death, there were many monasteries and stupas built here. In the th Century when the Chinese traveller Xuang Dan came, there was a 100 ft stupa of Lord Buddha and was the most important seat of Buddhism. Later the Muslims attacked this place and ransacked all the stupas and Sarnath disappeared magically to be found again by British archeologists in the 19th Century. The city was again revived and the ruined structures of the Buddhists are still found here and the Sarnath Deer Park which is the place where the First Sermon was preached is remarkable. It is still one of the four most important seats of Buddhism worship. People come here more during the Buddha Purnima or when his death anniversary is marked.
We kick started our trip with some history revision at Sarnath- the birth place of Buddhism. It is a treat to watch the huge statue of Lord Buddha, made of 280 stones, at the Thai temple. Its premises also has a replica of our national emblem - Ashoka Pillar. Bang opposite to this temple is the museum which has wonderfully restored remains of Sarnath Stupa. Hats off to the Archaeological Dept. of India. The museum welcomes you with the original Ashoka pillar, which leaves one awestruck. The carvings and photo gallery here is class apart. Right beside is the Stupa, which I personally term as 'Broken Beauty'. The incompleteness of its architecture makes it complete.
Ruchita Katiyar

12 Followers, 6 Reviews


You just can't miss this especially during winters. History looms at large throughout the excavation campus. You can see the Ashokan Pillar which once towered the campus and supported our National Emblem. The Archaeological Survey of India's musueum is breathtaking. It houses the National Emblem and the Chakra in their pristine and untouched form. I dare you not to miss this one.
Saikat Ganguly

70 Followers, 4 Reviews


A must visit. Sarnath is around an hour's drive from the Varanasi airport and it is well worth the visit. It is the site where Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon. It's surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens. There are guides there that give a pretty accurate description of the history and background of Sarnath. You can hire them for a measly amount of 30 Rs. Also, check out the museum that is just a few meters away. Don't shop at the shop the guides take you too. The shopkeepers will try to fleece you and make an extra buck or two.
Arushi

104 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
November- May
Things to do
tours
Open Hours
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Hazratganj - Uttar Pradesh

This is a very famous market place which has been existing since the times of the Mughal rulers. This market arena is situated in the heart of the beautiful city of Agra. Here you not only get shops but also shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels, offices and so much more. You can take this as the main shopping district when you are in Agra and you can simply get everything you want out here. Starting from sweet shops to the most modern clothings and accessories, you will get everything here.
Hazratganj is the center of the city of Lucknow. It is a bustling market place which, in addition to the traditional bazaars, now also includes shopping complexes, hotels, restaurants, and cinema halls. In the early nineteenth century, the first Nawab of Awadh thought of building Hazratganj as a market space. Since then, this area has seen several transformations, in terms of its appearance, and wares sold. But we are happy to note that Lucknow still sells the best Chikan in the country. So while in Hazratganj, make sure you add Chikan to your wardrobe. Photos sourced from Tripoto
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya

920 Followers, 24 Reviews


Hazratganj is a marketplace. One can find one of the most branded stores here. There is small lane from Haratganj which goes to Janpath market. Hazratganj and Janpath markets are very costly for shopping. Other places to shop are Sharaganj, Gomtibazaar and Chowk.
Sneha

222 Followers, 19 Reviews


The place to shop and eat in Lucknow. The Victorian lights add a good ambiance to the place. Perfect place to unwind and pass time in the heart of the city.
Damini Aggarwal

257 Followers, 116 Reviews


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shopping
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa - Uttar Pradesh

A part of the Bada Imambara or the Asafi Imambada, this is a labyrinth structure inside this monument. The Bada Imambada was built by Asaf- ud- Daulah, the Nawab of Awadh. An imambada is a shrine structure which is usually built by the Shia Muslims for the Azadari purpose. This labyrinth structure was made mainly to confuse enemies if they ever tried to attack the devotees during the time of their prayer.
It is also know as Bara Imambara. There are 1000 doors in which 500 doors are act as dummy that's why it is termed as BHOOL BHULAIYAA also.. really a great architecture.
Nandan Priyadarshi

412 Followers, 42 Reviews


Bhool Bhulaiyaa is Lucknow's star. It is the centerpiece of Lucknow's tourist destinations. Housed inside the Bara Imambara, it overshadows everything else that the place contains. The Bhool Bhulaiyaa is basically a maze. A really, really complicated maze. The lanes are narrow, the ceiling low, light sparse, or, in some instances, none at all. It would be unfair to reveal too much about the Bhool Bhulaiyaa, it is an experience that should take every visitor by surprise! Photos sourced from Tripoto
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya

920 Followers, 24 Reviews


Bhool Bhulaiya is a labyrinth of hundreds of narrow stairway passages, some of which have dead-ends, some end at precipitous drops while others lead to entrance or exit points. One should always take a Guide to explore Bhool Bhulaiya. The Bhool Bhulaiya was constructed to confuse any enemy intruder. The narrow lanes of the labyrinth can make anyone feel lost. The king and other few only knew the way out.
Sneha

222 Followers, 19 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
For 2 adults- INR 35, Foreigners (per person)- INR 300

Chowk - Uttar Pradesh

Chowk is the one of the oldest markets in the state of Uttar Pradesh with around 5000 shops in it. The Chowk is also called as the godown full of historical heritage of Lucknow. The market is a modern business centre but it still retains a blend of Nawabi glamour in it. The market is very famous for chikan clothes and ornaments. The handicrafts items available in this market make it quite popular. People in this area are mostly involved in making ornaments and handicrafts made through carving of ivory and bones. Nagra shoes and Jardoji clothes are the main attractions in this market. This market also has many food stalls which serve delicious food such as Kabab Paratha, Biriyani and few milk products. The most reputable fast food stall in the Chowk are "Ram Asraya" & "Radhey Lal Sweets", they are also one of the oldest establishments in this area.
Old Lucknow, where the famous paradise for non-vegetarians, Tunday Kebabi is situated. Shop for Chikankari at low prices here.
Damini Aggarwal

257 Followers, 116 Reviews


Chowk area, the food capital of Lucknow, brought out the glutton in us with a variety of taste-bud tickling ‘Avadhi’ cuisine – from Idrees’ Gosht Pulao to Raheem’s Nihari-Gilafi Kulcha; from Tundey kabaab to Mubeen’s Pasande; from Shukla golgappas and chaat to Shaid’s fish tikkas. And then, there was always a paan for every occasion.
Ajay

115 Followers, 9 Reviews


Another foodie's heaven is Chowk, which boasts a of equally long line up of mouth watering delicacies. The famous Tunde Kababs originated here.
Mohua Mandal

108 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
Diwali
Things to do
Delicious Food, Heritage buildings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Budget
Free

Rumi Darwaza - Uttar Pradesh

Once the gateway of Lucknow, this beautoful monument was commissioned by Nawab Asaf- ud- Daulah under the program of 'food for work' when the city population was facing famine conditions. The gateway is not only famous in India but also all over the world. The British also called it the Turkish Gateway since the model was inspired from some monument in the then region of Constatinopole or modern day Istanbul. The Rumi Darwaza is on the north western portion of the Bada Imambada which was also commissioned by Nawab Asaf- ud- Daulah. The monument was built in the year 184 and was once surrounded by immense natural beauty. The name Rumi Darwaza was given after the word Rumi which is a Persian word meaning Rome. This is because the gateway is modelled after a gateway in Constantinopole which was once the capital of the Eastern Roman Kingdom which was later vanquished by the Turkish rulers.
It is called the signature building of Lucknow. It is also called Turkish Gate. Since it was made by workers from Rome, hence the name Roomi Gate.
Sneha

222 Followers, 19 Reviews


Built by Nawab Asif-ud-daula during the years 1784-1786, Rumi Darwaza is no less than an ornament on the streets of Lucknow. Adjacent to the Bada Imambada stands a 62 feet grand gateway built in Indo-Roman architectural style. This entranceway is so immense that it seems to be multi-storeyed from a distance. Rumi Darwaza is said to be a replica of an archway in Constantinople and is therefore, referred to as Turkish gateway. This gate further has three arched-ways on one side and a huge single arched-way on the other. A huge cupola or chhatri crowns the structure. Two slender towers are present on either sides of the gateway. According to the great historian of Awadh, Mr. Roshan Taqui, “The spikes atop the multiple arches of the gateway signify the rising sun and the design of large petals of Lotus which according to Hindu mythology brings good fortune is used to adorn the imposing gateway.” The architectural feature that amazes its visitors is that no wood or iron was used in its construction. Moreover, this structure gives different looks when viewed from different directions. The design of this magnificent gateway was so biasing that many of the structures of those times like Jama Masjid (Lucknow), Hussainabad Imambada, Nadwat-ul-ulama and Salar Masood Ghazi’s tomb have the same design reproduced in the form of their entranceways. It was Nawab Asif-ud-daula who had got the complex of Bada Imambada (which also comprises Rumi Darwaza) built during the years 1784-1794, in order to provide food and work to the famine-stricken people of Awadh. The design of this structure was drafted by Kifayat-ullah. And with this initiative, Nawab succeeded in providing work to about 22,000 people at a time. It is said that during the daytime ordinary people used to build up this edifice while noblemen, who did not wanted to be recognised as labourers during daylight were called after the sunset to demolish the structures raised. It took them 10 years to build Bada Imambara complex and the estimated cost of the construction of this immense edifice came to Rs. 1 crore, which was a huge amount back then.
Shiva Rajvanshi

541 Followers, 11 Reviews


It's a 60 feet high gate constructed under Asaf-ud-Daula in 1786. It is one of the architectural wonders of that era.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
gateway
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Fatehpur Sikri - Uttar Pradesh

A World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri is perhaps the best way you can spend your weekend if you are around Agra or Delhi. The fortified city is a great place for history buffs, photographers and explorers. Though two days here may be a bit much, you can easily spend a day here exploring its many treasures. Do visit Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza located within the city. If you'd like to hire a tour guide, do make sure you have a conversation with him before hand, lest you are pulled into a tour without any information. If possible, do also speak to locals there, just in case there are a few spots you can explore besides the popular sightseeing spots. For foodies, the Lake View Resort is a great option to enjoy an afternoon amidst nature and delicious food. Should you have more time on your hands, do also visit Sikri and the lively bazaar below Fatehpur Sikri. Not only does the bazaar make one happy with rows and rows of lovely shops, it reminds one of Rajasthan's colourful marketplaces. Fatehpur Sikri is around 40km from Agra and can be reached by buses, taxis and train.
A big shrine that has now become a tourist attraction to the common man due to it's architecture and the handicrafts sold there.
Harini Sridharan

339 Followers, 76 Reviews


This city was the capital of Akbar which was soon abandoned due to shortage of water and resources for his enormous troops. There are remains of the huge walls bordering the city and we entered it through a huge arch gateway. We first went to Akbar’s palace, and then headed to the shrine of Salim Chishti.
Anand Menon

256 Followers, 36 Reviews


After an hour-long ride out of Agra, I was on the intersection of Bharatpur & Fatehpur Sikri. Banked left & entered the historical city. I’d suggest the first timers to hire a guide to understand the splendid beauty of the place up close. From the parking, government buses ply regularly to the Palace & back on a very reasonable fare of Rs. 5. As I entered the palace, the wonderfully designed sandstone structures caught my eyes. It’s a yet another picturesque place to be at. From Deewan-E-Khas & Jodhabai’s Kitchen to Baba Chishti’s Dargaah & Buland Darwaza, everything seemed familiar & close to my memory.
Rahul Arora

106 Followers, 15 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,October,November,December
Things to do
Arts and Culture,Historical Places,Romantic Getaways
Open Hours
Budget

BHU - Uttar Pradesh

One of the oldest educational institutions of Uttar Pradesh, this was earlier known as the Uttara Kasi University or the Hindu College. This is the public Central University of Benaras and the land for this place was donated by the formal ruler of kashi who is known as the Kashi Naresh. This is also one of the most prominent universities of the country and still partly follows the system of Vedic Education like in the early days. They have a very large campus which is spread over many acres of land. Within this there are not only the university units but also a number of big trees under which classes are helf till now. This is one of the very universities where you can opt for a specialization in Vedic scriptures and studies and the very learned Pandits here will train you with a lot of discipline. Apart from this they have all sorts of subjects from Science, Arts, Commerce, Economics, Astrology, Astronomy, Literature, Philosophy and much more. Modern developments and technologies along with very modernized studying techniques have found very distinctive positions in this university in spite of the traditional methods of teaching in existence.
One of the largest university campuses in the whole of Asia, BHU has a name of its own. With sprawling lush green campus of botanical garden, rose garden etc, it has everything that sets benaras hindu university apart from the rest of the city.
Ankita Misra

458 Followers, 70 Reviews


Banaras Hindu University (commonly referred to as BHU) is a public central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Established in 1916 by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, BHU is one of the largest residential universities in Asia, with over 20,000 students.
Rahul

239 Followers, 104 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
educational tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Ramnagar Fort - Uttar Pradesh

Our next stop was Ramnagar Fort. This fort's architecture is simple and aesthetic. Its artifacts showcases the entire timeline of 'Benarasi' culture. The Vintage cars and carts, the apparels, the arms and ammunition - everything was archaic! I loved a clock here, which showed the position of the sun, moon and details of a zodiac sign. Truly awesome! Ask someone for the famous lassi shop around. Do not miss it! :)
Ruchita Katiyar

12 Followers, 6 Reviews


Not much far from the hustle of the city as old as a vedic adage, Ramnagar Fort is located in a place called Ramnagar. You can easily reserve an auto-rickshaw near the Benaras Hindu University main gate. The ride is bumpy and if you are travelling during the dry months, don't forget to cover your face and nose to keep away the dust. It's around a 40 minutes journey before the vehicle stops in front of the large gate of the Ramnagar Fort. The entry fee is nominal and there's loads on the offer. Housing an old Cadillac and other Rajput vehicles, the fort never misses to surprise. You won't believe your eyes when you lay your eyes on more than thousand types of duel guns and other priceless pieces of history. And in the end the journey will be worth it.
Saikat Ganguly

70 Followers, 4 Reviews


Assi ghat - Uttar Pradesh

This is a beautiful ghat on the southernmost region of Varanasi and is often the most popular among forest tourists, especially students. People make it a must point to take a dip here before they seek the blessings from the Shivalinga under the ancient peepal tree just on the banks of the river ghat. There is also the Asisangameshvar Temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva again. The name of this temple is such because it is situated on the confluence point of the Assi. A little distance from the temples there are twin tanks out of which the more popular has always been the Lorkar Tank which is unfortunately almost abandoned now. People however come and bath here during the Lorkar Fair when they seek blessings from the lord mainly for a male child. Another significance of this place is that this is said to be once of the places from where the Hindu religion originated.
We ended our day one by sitting at the Assi ghat around sunset. This ghat was less crowded and gave a spectacular view of the Ganga. The swaying boats, little children playing around, pandits making preparation for the evening Aarti and some people just sitting in peace, watching the sunset shades on the waters of Ganga. I witnessed the evening Ganga aarti here. Words fall less to describe the feelings a human goes through while watching it. The chants, lights, energy and vibes changes something in you which is inexplicable. It surely killed all the tiredness of the day!
Ruchita Katiyar

12 Followers, 6 Reviews


Here, you can hire a boat and see the confluence of Assi with Ganga rivers.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
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Budget
Free

Assi Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

This is a beautiful ghat on the southernmost region of Varanasi and is often the most popular among forest tourists, especially students. People make it a must point to take a dip here before they seek the blessings from the Shivalinga under the ancient peepal tree just on the banks of the river ghat. There is also the Asisangameshvar Temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva again. The name of this temple is such because it is situated on the confluence point of the Assi. A little distance from the temples there are twin tanks out of which the more popular has always been the Lorkar Tank which is unfortunately almost abandoned now. People however come and bath here during the Lorkar Fair when they seek blessings from the lord mainly for a male child. Another significance of this place is that this is said to be once of the places from where the Hindu religion originated.
You may seat by the river have some light spicy snacks, offer to Goddess Ganga or go boating on a clearing day. Assi ghat is a world in itself. Take a boat ride from assi ghat to the other end of the stretch and relate to the cycle of life.
Ankita Misra

458 Followers, 70 Reviews


Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri.
Rahul

239 Followers, 104 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Dashashwamegh ghat - Uttar Pradesh

Calmness, Serenity, Culturally rich
Neha Shrivastava

10 Followers, 14 Reviews


The spectacular Ganga Aarti is held here.
Aabdika Sharma

230 Followers, 12 Reviews


Dashashwamedh Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

This is the most important and the busiest of all the five ghats and is also the most accessible one. This has a flat roofed place where the aarti of the Kashi Vishwanath is done. This place is even crowded during the rainy season as people have to come here to take a boat to cross the river to go to the other side. The sound of the temple bells and the holy chantings give the mind and sould a magical refreshment and divine feeling of peace amidst such a chaotic atmosphere. The evening arti is a sight to behold. You can just spend hours sitting here and doing nothing. The grandeur of the aarti maintained here is remarkable with so many priests standing in a line with big oil lamps in worship of the Lord.
Dashashwamedh Ghat is located close to Vishwanath Temple, and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Hundreds of people gather here to view the famous Ganga aarti everyday twice, in morning and evening.
Ash Kapoor

207 Followers, 2 Reviews


Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River. It is located close to "Vishwanath Temple" and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu mythologies are associated with it: According to one, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva. According to another legend, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses during Dasa -Ashwamedha yajna performed here. Very Famous Ganga Aarti takes place on the ghat in the evening, after sunset. A group of Brahmans hold huge fire bowls in their hands and offer their holy mantras to river Ganges, Shiva - the Hindu God of destruction, Surya - the Sun God and the entire Universe. The devotees then offer flowers and earthen lamps - diyas - to river Ganges, in order to pay due regards to their ancestors in heaven.
Rahul

239 Followers, 104 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Jhansi Fort - Uttar Pradesh

This is the best fort you will find in the whole state of Uttar Pradesh and is also considerd to be one of the strongest in the whole country. This was commissioned in the 16th century by Raja Bir Singh Deo of the Bundela Dynasty but is popular mainly because of the bravery of Rani Lakshmibai who is better known as Jhansi ki Rani. During the time of the Sepy Mutiny in the year 185, Rani Lakshmibai showed extreme valour though she had to die in the hands of the British. After her death even the British had to accept that they had never seen such a brave queen earlier. The British made two huge and strong armies led by the two ablest generals and the wueen of Jhansi had to die when she could not fight single handedly. The fort then went to the King of Scindias but then was again exchanged for Gwalior. The fort is much in ruins now but the might is still clearly seen. As you enter the lower gate hearing the stories of the past, you will feel a shiver running along your spine after hearing the bloodbath that took place in the same place. The Bijli tank is still inside the fort and the museum is also a place to visit. This museum mainly houses exhibits related to the history of Bundelkhand and Jhansi.
Rani Laxmibai's terrain.
Prateek Dham

924 Followers, 557 Reviews


Jhansi fort is 3Km from the Jhansi train station, & it took us complete 1hour to explore it. While returning back to Delhi from Orchha we had good 2 hours time for the train. We kept our luggage in the cloak room , & we wasted some good 30 minutes to arrange for locks for each & every luggage which we had to keep there. We paid 20INR per person in autorickshaw (tuk-tuk in local language) to reach the fort from station. Its very big & one can see the entire Jhansi city from the top of the fort. One can see the place where Rani Laxmi Bai used to train the Durga-wahini (all female soldiers). One can also see the top portion of the fort from where Rani Laxmi Bai jumped on the horse back tying her son behind her. One can really feel the poem which we read in our school days 'Khub Ladi Mardani Wo To Jhansi Wali Rani Thi'. Most of the fort were rebuilt & renovated by the Britishers. Here also they have the Sound & Light Show which we had to miss because we didn't have time. But yes, well utilisation of time.
Shreyasi Debnath

95 Followers, 3 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Indians- INR 5, foreigners- INR 200

Kanpur - Uttar Pradesh

Our first stop.
Aabdika Sharma

230 Followers, 12 Reviews


City of students in simple words. Reached Kanpur and saw everywhere students of different age gathers and enjoying in their own way..
Nandan Priyadarshi

412 Followers, 42 Reviews


Royal Cafe - Uttar Pradesh

The Royal Café - Royal Inn is one of the best multicuisine family restaurants in Hazratganj, Lucknow. From starters to desserts, you will love each and every single item served by them. Everything is prepared fresh, so that you can get the original taste of the food. All of our dishes are prepared by our chefs ith the best quality ingredients and spices, which will surely give you the best experience. The ambience of the place is perfect for a small family hangout. Pizzas, momos and burgers are very famous in this restaurant. One can even organize wide range of events, parties and get together here. This place promises to give you memories which will be cherishes forever in your heart. From corporate events, birthdays, weddings or New Year parties, anything can be organized quite royally here. The Royal Café is also present in different locations in Lucknow like Hazratgunj, Shanajaf Road, Gomti nagar and Saharagunj Mall.
Located in Hazratganj, it's famous for 'Basket Chaat'. Other food items on the menu include Aloo Tikki, Gol Gappe (in mineral water), Matar Kulcha etc. A must visit for everyone.
Damini Aggarwal

257 Followers, 116 Reviews


Royal Café : This place is a full fledged multi cuisine restaurant. But Royal Café is famous for the chaats; topping the list is the Tokri chaat. This one is very interesting. The whole chaat is served inside a tokri which is edible too. The chaat counter is outside the actual restaurant. Tip : Avoid the restaurant and eat with the crowd outside. There we met the steward named John Bell. As he was moving with a smile from one customer to the other serving orders, clearing the dishes; we got talking with him. He said his grand father had come from Germany and his name was Arnel Bell. Arnel fell in love with an Indian lady in Lucknow and stayed back. John has been with Royal Café since last 9 years. Educated at La Martinere school, this father of a daughter and a son said he loves Lucknow and happy in his place. It was fun watching him work there, smiling and with a twinkle in his eyes.
Mayuri R

293 Followers, 16 Reviews


Best time to visit
Diwali
Things to do
Biriyani, Pizza, Momo
Open Hours
11 AM to 11 PM
Budget
Rs. 1000 for two people

British Residency - Uttar Pradesh

This is cluster of buildings in Lucknow which were built by and during the time of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, the ruler of Lucknow during 1800 AD. These were buildings erected to serve as the residences of the British Officials of the East India Company who were posted over here. This is also an important site of the freedom fight of India. Once there was a dangerous seige and a firing which claimed innumerable number of lives and witnessed the revengeful victory of the British generals. Later during a canon fire, this cluster of old buildings got destroyed majorly and still remain that way in spite of being a Heritage Site.
A historical landmark that takes you back to the Revolt of 1857. The walls still have marks of canon ball. Graves of British soldiers are also located in the complex. The museum in the Residency is like a picture gallery. The green lawns add beauty to it.
Damini Aggarwal

257 Followers, 116 Reviews


It used to be a complex of buildings for British residents during 1700-1800. The place is a mesmerizing place of history. Many events took place here during the fight for Independence in 1857. The museum depicts the history of treatment of Indians by Britishers during those events.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mondays Closed
Budget
Indians- INR 10, Foreigners- INR 100

The Residency - Uttar Pradesh

This is a group of very old buildings which were later declared as a National Heritage Site. These buildings were made by Nawab Sadat-ud-Daulah to serve as houses for the generals of the British East India Company who were posted in Lucknow during the 1800 AD. This place also has great significance in the history of India's freedom struggle. The tragic seige that took place here lasted for a couple of days and ebded the lives of countless number of people after it had ended. This marked the first formal victory of the British over the Indians.
The British Residency was the place that served as a refuge for approximately 3000 British inhabitants during the time of the uprising of 1857. Lucknow was center of all British activities during the siege and the Residency became the monopolistic center of the British for almost 90 days.
Nandan Priyadarshi

412 Followers, 42 Reviews


The Residency, today, bears testimony to the event known as the Siege of Lucknow which took place in 1857. The walls still bear the marks of cannon balls and bullets. The Residency now has a museum and hosts a light and sound show in the evenings. Photos sourced from Tripoto
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya

920 Followers, 24 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mondays Closed
Budget
Indians- INR 10, Foreigners- INR 100

Chota Imambara - Uttar Pradesh

The landmark of Lucknow, it is also known as the Hussainabad Imambara since it was the office of the Hussainabad Trust, the previous owners of the city. This is located in the Old City Area. The monument was built in the 19th century under the 'food for work' scheme which was commissioned by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah when the region witnessed a very serous famine. The beautoful white monument is built in the Charbagh style with a stream flowing along the middle of the garden. The architecture is Indo- Islamic though a lot of Persian influemce can also be seen. There are a lot of Islamic callicraphy carvings done inside this Imambara. This was the mausoleum of the nawab and a number of members of his family.
Chhota Imambara also called the Hussainabad Imambara. This monument was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Avadh. The chandeliers inside Chota Imambara were brought from Belgium.
Sneha

222 Followers, 19 Reviews


Another congregation complex of the Shia Muslim sect, The Chota Imambara was built in 1838 by Nawab Muhammad Shah Ali. The complex also serves as the tomb for the Nawab who is buried there alongside his mother.
Shiva Rajvanshi

541 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Budget
Indians- INR 25, foreigners- INR 300

Vrindavan - Uttar Pradesh

The more one hears about Vrindavan, the more beautiful and alluring the small town becomes. The birth place of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is visited by tourists from all over the world. With its colourful streets and crowded lanes, this small town may not offer you a respite from the chaos of the cities, but it certainly gives you an experience unlike any other. Located about 11 km from Mathura, a perfect trip should see you combine an excursion to both these towns together. The more popular temples here are the Madan Mohan Temple, near Kali Ghat, Meera Bai Temple and the lovely Prem Mandir. Dedicated to love and situated about 10 km from the centre of town, this is a must visit! Most temples here are dedicated to Lord Krishna and significant episodes in his life. If this is your first visit here, do a little research and speak to locals before deciding which temples you'd like to visit. There are tons of hotels and guesthouses in Vrindavan, and you can decide your hotel according to your budget and choice.
Shri Shri Vrindavan Dham is Lord Krishna's Land Hare Krishna !!
#the_life_chaser

142 Followers, 4 Reviews


10 km away from Mathura, birthplace of Lord Krishna, famous for the Bankey Bihari Mandir and its Pedas, this was my gateway to enjoy festival of colours in and around.
PiNaki GHosh

122 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,September,October,November,December
Things to do
Religious
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Itmad-ud-Daula - Uttar Pradesh

Itimad-ul-Daulah is among the list of places to visit in Agra. The attraction is a tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal. It is also known as Baby Taj. Nur Jahan, the daughter of Mirza, who married Jehangir was the one who got the tomb constructed in the year 1622-1628. The finely carved jali on the marble is definitely something that will stay in your memory forever. This structure made by the Mughals is also a completely marble one. Also, it was the first tomb that was built on the river Jamuna banks. Islamic architecture is what the place speaks of. The fine craftsmanship is something that is not to be missed. The place is quite calm and peaceful and gives you a good quality time with yourself and your closed ones.
SMALL IN SIZE, YET BEAUTIFUL! KNOWN AS THE BABY TAJ
Padmini Barua

209 Followers, 3 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to February is the ideal time
Things to do
Explore Islamic Architecture.
Open Hours
Dawn to Dusk
Budget
INR 10, Foriegner: INR 110, Video: INR 25

Vishwanath Temple - Uttar Pradesh

Better known as the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, this is one of the most famous Hindu temples in the world. Moreover, this is the holiest existing place for Hindus in the country. The Shivalingam worshipped here is said to be the oldest and holiest of all other Jyotiralingams. The temple is also known as the Golden Temple as the gopuram or upper facade is wrapped in gold sheets. This place of worship is also mentioned in the Mahabharata which has always made Varanasi the holiest place of worship for the Hindus in the world. The temple was built much later by a Maratha queen named Ahilyabai Holkar. This is also one of the most visited places on Earth.
A beautiful quiet place where one can learn about different gods of Hindu religion.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Budget
Free

Banaras Hindu University Campus - Uttar Pradesh

Final day of the trip, we went to BHU - one of the most prestigious institute of our country. The campus is beautiful and youngsters add more life to this place. It has a Vishwanath temple inside, with a peaceful garden. I spotted students studying in its premises. The outlets right at the entrance of this temple serve delicious cold coffee and mango shake! We also visited other famous local temples close to the campus - 'Sankat Mochan' Hanuman mandir, Durga Mata mandir and Manas mandir. I was amazed to see the entire 'Ramayana' engraved on the walls of Manas temple! Do not miss to have 'Banarasi Meetha paan'. Also, do have the famous sweet 'Launglata' and lassi at the store - 'Pehelvaan launglata and lassi wale' in Lanka. The smell and taste of mud oozed out of a 'kulhad' tantalizes ones taste buds. Foodgasm at its peak! ;) My Varanasi diary comes to an end here. Enjoy mystical Banaras!
Ruchita Katiyar

12 Followers, 6 Reviews


Ramnagar - Uttar Pradesh

Ramnagar is a small village within the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. It's settled sixty five kilometres (40 mi) far from Nainital.Ramnagar is the entree to the Jim Corbett park, the oldest park and a celebrated traveler destination of India. Garjiya Hindu deity Temple and Seeta Bani Temple set near conjointly attract several guests. the traditional name of the place was Ahichhatra the capital of Northern Panchala of sacred writing times. The city was re-built and settled by the Commissioner H. Ramsay during 1856–1884. throughout country Rule tea gardens were developed in Ramnagar and near villages in Uttarakhand. however these tea gardens are closed since an extended time. The near Jim Corbett park is known as when gaseous nebula turned reformer Jim Corbett World Health Organization vie a key role in its institution. it's the oldest park in India and attracts several tourists from India and different countries. The name of the place is also used in many Bollywood movies.
Ramnagar is famous for 250 years old Ramlila. It houses the popular Ramnagar Fort swarmed by the history buffs who wish to relive into the past.
Aabdika Sharma

230 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
NA
Things to do
Sight Seeing
Open Hours
NA
Budget
NA

Yoga House - Uttar Pradesh

Yoga House, a lovely home stay. Right at the banks of River Ganges, the view from the rooms is amazing. The blue walls of this place has a soothing effect. Rohit, the owner of the place is very helpful. His contact number: +91 7080354441 The room rent is around 1800 INR per night and and extra 300 bucks for a yoga class.
Kanika

7 Followers, 13 Reviews


Durgakund Temple - Uttar Pradesh

This is an 18th Century temple built on the southern part of Varanasi. This temple is built in the Naagra Style and the credit goes to some Bengali queen of that era. The beautiful design of multiple spires make the temple look grand and the red and ochre colour combination is the symbol of the Mother Goddess. The main deity here is Goddess Durga who represents Shakti or power. Adjacent to this temple is a rectangular tank which is also known as the Durga Kund. This was at one time linked with the river but the connection is not there now. Most people come here to worship during the Navaratri.
One of the main temples in Varanasi devoted to Goddess Durga.
Ankita Misra

458 Followers, 70 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
5:00 AM- 12:00 PM and 4:00- 9:00 PM
Budget
Free

Jain Mandir - Uttar Pradesh

13kms north-east of Varanasi is where the deer park is located, in the city of Sarnath, this is tha place where Gautam Budh first taught the Dharma, this is also the place where Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism was born and a Jain temple is dedicated to him here.
The surrounding Jain temples are a pleasant evening walk, but what fascinated me most was the nearby deer park where Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon. The park itself plays to script, with a sense of calm engulfing the place.
Nikita Goswami

263 Followers, 9 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Kedar Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

This is one of the most accessible and also one of the most important ghats of Benaras or Varanasi. This is the ghat which is mostly chosen by boat operators to start from on a boating tour along the Ganges River. You have to reach this temple after crossing like a labyrinth of very narrow lanes and alleys filled with eateries, shops and chaos. As you reach this ghat, you will find that this is cleaner than many other and is mainly famous for the beautiful Kedareshwar Temple.
Popular ghat with Bengalis and South Indians.
Rahul

239 Followers, 104 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship, boating tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

In the evening, we took a boat ride to the other side of Ganga from Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ghat. The view of endless ghats, from amidst the river is breathtaking. It looks like a painters colour palette. I stepped out on the bank of the river, took a handful of 'Gangajal' and sprinkled it over my head. I don't know if a handful of water can wash ones sins, but the belief that it shall cleanse your soul, surely fills one's throat. After this we rode across the length of the river to see all the ghats. Some had people leaving the wish 'deep' for a good life and on the contrary some had cremation ceremony going on. The cycle of life could be seen meters away!
Ruchita Katiyar

12 Followers, 6 Reviews


Dasaswamedh Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

The most important and busiest of all ghats, the Dasaswamedh Ghat is also the oldest of all. The Kashi Viswanathar Temple is on the banks of this ghat and thus is the most popular with locals as well tourists. The main attraction is the evning aarti here and also the sight of people busy in their daily activities and religious rituals such as worships, cremations and others.
Varanasi's holiest spot. People believe that Lord Brahma created this to welcome Lord Shiva. It is the most spectacular ghat of Varanasi. Priests perform evening prayers here daily.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Dashaswamedh Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

Next morning, we started off with watching the sunrise at the most popular ghat of Varanasi - Dashaswamedh! We got there pretty early. There were still stars in the sky and the horizon was gradually changing its colours. When the rays hit the holy waters of Ganga, it shimmered red. The sadhu's chanted mantras while offering 'Arg' to 'Surya Devta'. Naga baba's stood up and played 'dambroo' in full swing. Bells rang around and a bunch of people took a dip in the pious Ganga. I had never seen the sun being welcomed with such warmth and energy! Once I filled my eyes enough with the scenic sunrise, we moved to visit the 'Kashi Vishwanath' temple. The lane which leads to this temple is interestingly dark. Children carried snakes in their hand asking for money. A widowed old lady held my hand here and wished that I get a good husband. I felt ironically yet genuinely blessed! The temple structure is ancient and is cracked at places with withered off gold! Faith can be smelled in the air here!
Ruchita Katiyar

12 Followers, 6 Reviews


Dashaswmedh Ghat Road - Uttar Pradesh

The road surrounding the Dashaswamedha Ghat is known as the Dashaswmedh Ghat Road. This is the place of the Kashi Viswanath Temple which is the holiest pilgrimage site for the Hindus. This road is lined with hotels, restaurantsm, sweet shops and pan shops. There are also a number of narrow alleys surrounding this place which is a mark of Benaras.
#varanasi #banaras #kashi #india #photographer #landscapes #street #sunrise #morning #seagull #boats #ganges #rituals #religious #travel #achaudharyphotography
Abhishek Chaudhary

246 Followers, 22 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
eat- out, shopping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Madhur Milan - Uttar Pradesh

This is a local rstaurant and café for some nice traditional food that Benaras is known for. The Kachori Sabzi, samosa, jalebis and other south Indian food are well served here. The lunch thalish serve a good quantity and the prices for everything are very low. They have a good and simple seating arrangement on the upper level and this place is more airy than the ground floor. You can have some really good time out there while you eat the food and do people watching from there.
One of the better things about traveling in India is that you can find good food at dirt cheap prices. It almost feels like a crime to have a bill so tiny after a wholesale wolfing down of yummy samosas, chai and many a snack at Madhur Milan, but there isn't much room left for guilt after a meal that size!
Nikita Goswami

263 Followers, 9 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
eat- out
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple - Uttar Pradesh

Also known as just the Vishwanath Temple, this is the one temple around which the whole city partly revolves around. This is not only the most important place for Hindu pilgrimage but also one of the most important temples all round the world. The mention of kashi was even there during the Mahabharata but the temple was built during the 18th Century by the the Maratha queen named Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. This temple is also known as the Golden Temple because of the gold wrapped main spire of the temple. There are smaller shrines too inside the temple complex and the evening aarti here on the Dashashwamedh Ghat is a sight to behold.
if you visit Varanasi and don't take out time for Vishwanath Temple, there will be a lot you will miss out on. One of the 12 shiv-linga situated in different parts of the country, Vishwanath Temple holds an important place in the journey of hindu pilgrim.
Ankita Misra

458 Followers, 70 Reviews


Best time to visit
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Budget
Free

Manikarnika Ghat - Uttar Pradesh

According to legendary tales, the Manikarnika Kund is even older than the River Ganges and it was created by Lord Vishnu as a symbol of the creation of the Universe. The Manikarnika Ghat was however made by Lord Shiva and is said to be a samsham or cremation ground for the Hindus completely. As it is people say that death in Kashi leads to Moksha and thus people come here to cremate their loved ones and pray for their souuls to attain moksha. This is second in importance to the Dashashwamedha Ghat and is also one of the Pancha Sthans for holy Hindu worship.
It's one of varanasi's burning ghat which is always lined with funeral pyres.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship, cremation
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Deena Chat House - Uttar Pradesh

Also known as the Deena Chat Bhandar, this is one of the best and most popular chat shops in Benaras. The shop is near the Gadowlia Road and is quite big for guests to sit and enjoy the lip smacking chats. Their specialties are the aloo chat, tamatar chat, samosa, palak chat, patties and gulab jamun. The taste is good for everything and cleanliness is also maintained well here.
For foodies with strong guts, this one is a MUST-VISIT!! Serving Indian Street Food; paani puri, aloo chat etc, in the most authentic manner. Don't forget to end your meal without Gulab Jamun or Kulfi Faluda
Ankita Misra

458 Followers, 70 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
eat- out
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Kachori Gali - Uttar Pradesh

Temples, Ghats and kachoris – this is what the city of Varanasi is all about. The best way to get a taste of these delicious fried delights is by paying a visit to the famous Kachori Gali. The lane is dotted with a number of shops complete with large kadhai’s (woks) filled with oil, ready to fry a batch of kachoris to golden perfection. The first half of this lane is called Vishwanath Gali due to the location of the temple by the same name. Ask anyone who has been here and they will rave about the hot kachoris that come with a variety of filling and sides like chana and potato curry and tamarind chutney. A word of advice to those who plan to traverse here soon, visit the gali by 7 am as the later its gets, the more the food runs out here.
It maybe 5 in the morning but never too early to have these tempting poori-kachori sabzi on leaf-plates.
Ankita Misra

458 Followers, 70 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Offer a prayer at the Vishwanath Temple and then proceed to have a hearty breakfast of kachoris here.
Open Hours
7 am to 7 pm.
Budget
One can expect to pay about INR 150.00 for a meal that will suffice two people.

Chhatris Cenotaphs - Uttar Pradesh

The Chhatris or the cenotaphs situated in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh are one more of the numerous authentic vacation spots in Orchha. These Chhatris are dedications made to the leaders or kings of the Bundels and are set down in a row of 14 along the delightful banks of the Betwa River. It mirrors a superb sight however to some it looks uncanny. The Chhatris of Orchha are the most despairing remnants of the city in Madhya Pradesh. Each of the 14 chhatris on the waterway banks, are implicit memory of the leaders of Orchha, the previous leaders of Bundelkhand dynasty. These chhatris or cenotaphs display a beautiful sight on the banks of the stream betwa. The landmarks still talk about the old rulers, their triumphs and their stories. These fourteen chhatris are best seen from the thin street span, or from the rocks from where you get a flawless impression of the chattris of Orchha on the still waters of the stream.
A serene place to sit and relax. Orchha has 14 chhatris (memorial) for its past rulers - Bundela Kings.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Chaturbhuj Temple - Uttar Pradesh

This breathtakingly beautiful temple is off the Bamitha Road near the Airport. The backdrop of the Lavanya Hills and the amazing view of the sunset makes this one of the most beautiful temples here. More like the eastern temples, this temple is dedicated to the combined gods Hari- Hara. The architecture and design of this temple is unique with a shallow porch and pointed roof. The extraordinary carvings and architecture of this temple makes it stand out absolutely. Also, this is a lone temple standing on a raised platform and is a symbol of peace and serenity. There is a small lawn or ground area which might have been a garden at some point of time.This place is utilized by tourists as a place to relax and spend lazy afternoons.
It's an old temple from the 9th century. It is the largest temple of Orchha.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Budget
Free

Ram Raja Mandir - Uttar Pradesh

The Ram Raja Temple is a sanctuary in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is a holy Hindu pilgrimage journey and gets enthusiasts in vast numbers consistently and is also generally known as Orchha Temple. Every year household traveler number is around 650,000 and the remote visitor number is around 25,000. Every day number of guests to the sanctuary range from 1500 to 3000 and on certain essential Hindu celebrations like the Ram Navami, Vasant Panchami, Kartik Purnima , Makar Sankranti, Shivratri, and Vivaha Panchami the quantity of enthusiasts who throng to Orchha range in thousands. Ram Navami celebration is observed Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu timetable. Amid this time Lord Ram's golden calf is moved from inside the sanctuary to a throne in the verenda. The sanctuary routine timings depend on the Hindu Calendar Months. This place is like a heaven for those who love worshiping.
The only temple in India where Lord Rama is worshiped not as a God but a King.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Exploring
Open Hours
9am-1pm & 7-11pm
Budget
N/A

Triveni Sangam - Uttar Pradesh

This is the confluence place of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad. This is also the place where the Mahakumbh fair is celebrated and is known to be the largest Human gathering which takes place anywhere on Earth. The best part is that people come and be a part of this gathering irrespective of which caste, creed or religion they belong to. People enjoy the colours of humanity here and nothing else. The Ardh Kumbh takes place every six years in Haridwar and Allahabad and the Purna Kumbh takes place every 12 years in Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain. This goes on for 5 holy days when people come and take a dip in the Triveni Sangam which is said to wash away a lifetime of sins.
When the sun quietly sets on the western limit adding orange hue to the blue sky above and transparent confluence of Ganga and Yamuna below, a masterpiece of nature reveals itself. The boats and the birds casting the perfect silhouette, the breeze from the land, the belief of the 'majhis' in the great Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Ford at a distance and as your boat leaves trails on the water, the calmness of the place starts sinking in.
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Bara Imambara - Uttar Pradesh

The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula.The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of this place. It is also called Asfi Imambara
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Deoria - Uttar Pradesh

Are you also fond of peaceful and calm village life? Deoria will leave you glad!
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Sheesh Mahal - Uttar Pradesh

Presently known as the Turkish Bath, it was not at all built for the purpose of being a Hammam. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a Summer Palace which in English literally means the Glass Palace. This kind of mirror designing as a form of Byzantine art and the glass to make thgis palace was completely imported from Haleb in Turkey. The floors of this palace are made completely in marble and this is one of the remaining most beautiful parts of the Agra Fort. This is also the place where the emperor used to hold his extremely personal meetings in which only selected people were allowed to enter. There are mirror works on the walls, ceilings, windows and other places which look beautiful if candles are lighted inside. The stucco relief base with the mirrors in geometric, floral and other patterns look extremely beautiful.
We spent an evening with Nawaab Jafar Mir Abdullah. His residence, Sheesh Mahal, has a priceless collection of antiques, heritage and some cherished captured moments.
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La Martiniere College - Uttar Pradesh

This is a very old college in the city of Lucknow which was established by the British during the British Ra in India. This is till now an extremely notable educational institution and a pride for the modern society parents. They have successfully maintained the glamour and grandeur of this college which is now divided into schools and boasts of have trained many a prominent personalities. You are allowed to enter the school boundaries for the tours but whatever the guide tells you is all true even i some things sound exaggerated about this school. They also have horse riding and other such activities as a part of school activities which is not much seen in Indian schools.
Our meanderings also took us to La Martiniere College. This magnificent institution’s centrepiece is ‘Constantia’ which was a palace earlier. This imposing building has statues of 2 lions flanking its edifice, and it faces the ‘Laat’ – a fluted column that was once in the middle of a lake.
Ajay

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Aminabad - Uttar Pradesh

Aminabad is a market place in the heart of Lucknow and it is often called the 'Chandni Chowk of Lucknow'. This market has been in existence since the time of the Awadhi Nawabs and is still as popular and even more. You must have heard about the Lucknow Chikan work and embroideries which is famous all over the world. This is what you find at its best here. Starting from clothing fabrics to linen you will find all the authentic stuff here. You also get a lot of food outlets selling traditional sweets and snacks out here. Over all if you want to do a lot of budget shopping and are not at all brand concious this is the perfect place to visit in Lucknow.
Who can return from Lucknow without a good stock of chikankari material and jutis? S brings back beautiful kurtis and salwar kamiz for me almost every single trip, so much so that my wardrobe is heavily tilted towards wearing other dresses v/s the chikenkari ones :). But my love for these never end. The intricate handiwork makes each piece special. And the jutis hold their own pride amongst the various other versions available across the country. Best places to shop varies on your budget. I had picked an awesome pair of jutis at a bargain at Aminabad market. Then there is Chowk and Hazratganj, where you are spoilt with choice on the variety.
Mohua Mandal

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Ambedkar Memorial - Uttar Pradesh

Also known as the Mayawati Park, this is a memorial built over many acres of land. The memorial is larger than many other important ones and was commissioned by the es- Chief Minister Mayawati. She erected this as a mark of honour to the former of our constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar or Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. This memorial is actually dedicated to all those brave heroes who struggled and even laid their lives to bring freedom for our country.
Spread across an area of 107 acres of land, the modern architectural monument is dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. The entire monument is built in red sandstone which was brought from the areas of Rajasthan. The park is located in Gomti Nagar which is one of the most posh localities of Lucknow. The well maintained lawns, various columns and a canal that surrounds the vicinity make it a well frequented tourist attraction.
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