Uttar Pradesh is a culturally rich state that has plenty of tourist and religious places. Despite being the most populated state in India, Uttar Pradesh has made its mark on the country’s tourism map with the various heritage, cultural, and religious monuments.
The UPSRTC online booking facility and the various buses with luxurious amenities are attracting more and more tourists to use the public transport system. The Uttar Pradesh transport corporation is providing good connectivity between those famous places from most of the major cities in and around the state as well as from neighbouring states.
Best places to visit in Uttar Pradesh
Most of the best tourist places in Uttar Pradesh do not need an introduction. But what you may not know is that all of these have a well connected public transport system. It means that you don’t really need to rely on taxis to move around the state.
The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort make it to the top of amongst the world’s most favoured tourist spots. Both these places are connected to the outer world with public transportation. You can easily find buses to Agra from Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Faizabad, Noida, Allahabad, Basti, etc. All the public and private buses can go only up to a certain point near the Taj mahal. You would either need to walk the last one kilometre or take those specific electric buses to transport you to the monument. This move is to avoid pollution from the vehicles, which are diminishing the shine and colour of the Taj Mahal.
Lord Ram’s birthplace and now famous for the new temple, this place has always been holy for many. The popular attractions that you can find here are Moti Mahal, Mausoleum of Bahu Begam, Faizabad Museum, Hanuman Garhi, Ramkot, etc. You can find UPSRTC buses to Ayodhya from Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Jaipur, Agra, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, etc.
It is a city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The palace that he built shouts out the glorious Mughal and Rajput architecture marvel. Things to look for here are the ‘Buland Darwaza’- the highest gateway in the world, Lotus Throne, Panch Mahal, Jodha palace, etc. Fatehpur Sikri is about 48 km away from Agra, and there are buses that connect these places. You can find buses to Fatehpur Sikri from Agra, Ayodhya, Jaipur, Gorakhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, etc.
Jhansi, famous for the woman warrior Rani Laxmi Bai, fought against the British. This small but historically important city has plenty to offer in terms of tourism. You can see the mighty Jhansi Fort at the top of the hill, Rani Mahal, Jhansi Museum, etc. The best time for a visit here would be the winter season when the weather is pleasant. UPSRTC tickets are available online to Jhansi from Lucknow, Kanpur, Indore, Kota, Dewas, Shajapur, etc.
The capital city of Uttar Pradesh is no less important than Agra, but it always gets the spot behind it. This City of Nawabs and kebabs has its share of heritage to share and show off. The Lucknow Zoo and Museum, British residency, Hazratganj, Rumi Darwaza, Chattar Manzil are a few of them. A visit here should be between September-March as the other months will be hotter. Find your transportation to Lucknow from Delhi, Agra, Noida, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, etc.
Mathura is among the holiest places in India because it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Both the Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir and Dwarakadhish Mandir attract plenty of visitors in a day. The winter season will be the ideal time for a visit here to escape the scorching sun during the other time. The major attractions here are Radha Kund, Kusum Sarovar, Juma MAsjid, Govardhan Hill, Kans Qila, etc. The UPSRTC bus booking is available from Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bharatpur, Noida, Jaipur, Allahabad, etc.
Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad, is the three holy rivers’ meeting place- The Mighty Ganga, Yamuna, and the invisible Saraswati. The three rivers are identified by their colours, where the Ganga is fairly clear, and the Yamuna has a tinge of green to it. This place is considered the holiest of all holy places where the Kumbh Mela happens. There are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy the special Mughalai in North Indian cuisine. Book your tickets here from Lucknow, Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Noida, Banaras, etc.
The major attraction of Banaras is the Ganga Ghats. Wash away your sins in the morning by taking a tip and return in the evening to perform the Ganga Arti. The evening ceremonies create a wonderful ambience that has to be experienced. The attractions of this City of Lights are Dasaswamedh Ghat for a ride in Ganga, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dhamek Stupa, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Ramnagar Fort, Banaras University Campus, etc. Buses to Banaras are available from Delhi, Noida, Mathura, Jaipur, Agra, Allahabad, Lucknow, etc.
As home to Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is equally important as Mathura. The place is holy for Hindus and is also famous for the ISKCON temple. The other attractions here include the Prem Mandir, a monument to illustrate the eternal love between Lord Krishna and Radha. Prem Mandir holds several Radhakrishna idols. The next major attraction here is the Sri Krishna Balram temple. You may reach here by bus from Mathura, Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, etc.
There are several more places to see in Uttar Pradesh, such as Meerut, Kushi Nagar, Dudhwa National Park, Jim Corbett national park, Kanpur, Hastinapur, Chitrakoot, etc. Uttar Pradesh is much more than being the Land of Krishna and Lord Ram or the Taj Mahal. The government is making progress with state tourism. The plan for a Film City that is expected to be like Universal Studios with everything needed for film production is likely to attract more tourists to the state. The UPSRTC is already doing better with more connectivity and luxury buses that are sure to lure more to use public transportation.
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