TIMELESS LAND - MATCHLESS HERITAGE ...
A land that epitomizes the true essence of India. A multi-faceted destination, a land of Taj... a land known to the world as Uttar Pradesh. Since centuries the
history of Uttar Pradesh has been the colourful epicenter
of the history of India. Its magni;cent sights and sounds, its
temples and monuments, its Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim
cultural expressions have enchanted travellers from far wide.
Cradled by the holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and their tributaries,
this land is also the literary heartland of Hindi, the principal
language of India.
A short drive from the Indian capital Delhi, Agra the city
of the Taj Mahal and the sprawling city of Fatehpur Sikri, stand
as poignant reminders of the glory of the great Moghuls.
Almost next door, as if in tribute to the fascinating contrast of
Uttar Pradesh, spreads the mythological wonder-world called
Brajbhoomi the birthland of Lord Krishna with its templed
towns of Vrindavan, Mathura, Gokul and Barsana.
Lucknow, the state capital, is redolent with memories
of the lavish regalia of the last days of the Moghuls and the
Kingdom of Avadh which ultimately faded away before the
advance of the British imperialists of the nineteenth century.
The tell-tale signs of India’s First War of Independence in
1857 can still be seen in innumerable expressions of 18th and
19th century architecture in the region. To the east, Allahabad
is the site of one of the world’s largest religious fairs, when
millions gather at the con;uence of the Ganga, Yamuna and
the mythical Saraswati rivers to mark the auspicious occasion
of the great Kumbh and Magh Melas. Along the southern
borders of the state, the rugged Vindhya Mountains mark
the northern end of the Deccan plateau. Once the domain
of the Chandela Rajputs, the belt known as Bundelkhand
harbours hidden ramparts and embattlements and inviting
fortresses like the gigantic Kalinjar. The nearby fort at Jhansi
remains a symbol of the India’s Struggle for Independence even