Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is a state considered to be part of central, northern and north-central India.

Updated: September 29, 2019

Uttar Pradesh is a state considered to be part of central, northern and north-central India. Abbreviated as UP, it is the most populous state in the Republic of India as well as the most populous country subdivision in the world.
The state is bordered by Rajasthan to the west, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi to the northwest, Uttarakhand and Nepal to the north, Bihar to the east, Madhya Pradesh to the south, and touches the states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to the southeast.
Uttar Pradesh is the home to some of the most beautiful monuments and cultural sights in India including the the Seven Wonders of the World the Taj Mahal in Agra.
The home to diverse religious people, this state boasts of the various cultural and religious fests. With massive royal influence in the fields of dance and music and arts, this state is home to one of the first classical dances of India, Kathak.
The state has several historical, natural, and religious tourist destinations, such as Agra, Ayodhya, Vrindavan (Mathura), Varanasi and Allahabad. The two major rivers of the state, the Ganga and Yamuna, join at Allahabad (Prayagraj) and then flow as the Ganges further east. Hindi is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.
Uttar Pradesh is also home to three World Heritage Sites that include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the nearby Fatehpur Sikri.
Millions gather at Allahabad to take part in the Magh Mela festival on the banks of the Ganges. This festival is organised on a larger scale every 12th year and is called the Kumbh Mela, where over 10 million Hindu pilgrims congregate in one of the largest gatherings of people in the world.
The state is also known for its Nawabi style in food, that include fantastic street food like the samosa and kachori as well as the royal meaty feasts and kebabs. The diversity of the state include art, culture, food, music, dance and brings together a lively mix of people from all around the nation. A typical traditional vegetarian meal of Uttar Pradesh consists of roti (flatbread), chawal, dal, sabji, raita and papad. Many people still drink the traditional drink chaach (traditional Butter milk) with meals. The chaat in Lucknow and Banarasi Paan is known across India for its flavour and ingredients.

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