Uttar Pradesh - advice on a route please

#1 Sep 25th, 2013, 23:54
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Hello

I'm planning to visit UP in January and am looking for recommendations of places to visit, or even places to avoid.

Initial research has pointed me to James Corbett National Park, Agra, Allahabad, Lucknow and Varanasi (please excuse any spelling mistakes).

Do let me know if any of these are places you've visited and love, or even tell fellow travellers to avoid at all costs.

Thank you for your help.

Roo
#2 Sep 26th, 2013, 02:23
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Firstly I would make sure that your itinerary for UP isn't to tight, this part of north India suffers from terrible fog in the winter and both trains and flights tend to get terribly delayed. I think Corbett NP is just across the border in Utarakhand though still perfectly accessible from UP having not been there I'll leave that up to someone else.

I love Lucknow its a fantastically cultured city with a huge amount to offer in terms of architecture (residency, bara imambara, le martiniere) and food (this is the kebab capital of India), the old city area of chowk with its gates, alleys, chikan emporiums and flower market has a marked Islamic flavor and a very unique feeling. Lucknow homestay is a great place to stay here.
Agra isn't a particularly pleasant city although I've never had any bad experiences there and don't really see it as the bogeyman of Indian travel that it's often made out to be, The taj is astounding as is the fort and Akbars tomb at sikandra. Fathepur Sikri has beautiful architecture but I'd recommend taking a guide the touts here are a royal pain in the a*s. Just across the state boundary in Rajasthan is the town of Bharatpur which is on the edge of wonderful Keolodeo gana national park, you can cycle through the park and see a rich variety of bird life.
Perhaps I was just unlucky there but I hated Allahabad, instead of going into it I'll just say that and let someone else espouse the joys of that city.
Varanasi is an astounding city sunrise and sunset boat rides on the ganga are an incomparable experience. despite a handful of touts it has a wonderful feeling, you can sense the history and spirituality of this place in every step. When it all gets to chaotic an invigorating massage right on Dasaswamedh get will set you right. Just nearby is the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
North of Varanasi Kushinagar makes for an intriguing change of pace, this is where lord Buddha died and is studded with stupas and viharas in a lovely rural location. The town sees a lot of pilgrim traffic but is still a very peaceful place.
Then there is Ayodhya, this town has quite on contentious recent history which can find out about if you google Ayodhya dispute. there are some lovely monuments in the town and it has a peaceful location alongside the ghaghara river where you'll find riverside ghats hugely different in character from those in Varanasi.
Those are all the places in UP that I've visited, I believe that Mathura and Vrindavan which has a strong connection with Krisha (can't quite remember what) are also worth visiting.
If you have time the northern parts of Madhya Pradesh are really interesting, this region is called bundelkhand and is where you will find world heritage listed Khajuraho and beautiful, peaceful Orchaa.

What is it that made you decide to concentrate on UP? It's quite an unusual choice. I really like the state but it does get a pretty bad press and often quite negative feedback from foreign travellers.
#3 Sep 26th, 2013, 04:19
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Thank you for your detailed and swift reply.

I chose UP because I want to visit Varanasi and take my partner to the Taj. This will be my 11th visit to India and I have been South many times, and to Rajasthan twice. I wanted to branch out a bit.

Thank you for the details about Lucknow - I am very keen to see it now.

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#4 Nov 9th, 2013, 11:07
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These all are best and popular places to visit in Uttar Pradesh you can also visit Mathura, vrindavan as well These holy places have its own popularity. One place is also there that is Radha Kund and if you want more option to visit Up then consult a good tour Operator who can gives you more relevant places in UP.

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