Uttar Pradesh Beyond Taj Mahal




Uttar Pradesh Beyond Taj Mahal

Almost every traveler wants to visit the Taj Mahal once if they plan a trip to India. Taj Mahal is in Agra City in Uttar Pradesh ( UP ) State of India. But from the traveling point of you UP has a lot to offer “Beyond Taj Mahal”


Uttar Pradesh (commonly called U.P.) is a northern Indian densely populated state. It has Rajasthan on the west, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana on its northwest, Bihar on its east, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh on its southwest and Madhya Pradesh on its south.

Uttar Pradesh boasts of various religious, historical and natural tourist destinations like Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow, Jhansi, Meerut, Mathura, Vrindavan to name a few.

The capital of Uttar Pradesh is Lucknow known for its famous memorial shrine of the Muslims called Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara adorned by beautiful calligraphy. I decided to explore UP beyond Taj Mahal and my next destination was Lucknow. I loved stepping back into the history once again and witnessing beautiful architecture from the previous times.

The Imambara is a must visit destination.

Lucknow is also well known amongst tourists for its traditional Awadhi and Mughlai cuisines. No foodie can afford to skip this destination!

Nestled along the banks of the Yamuna in Agra City is the world famous gem Taj Mahal (8 million visitors a year) an iconic colossal white marble-domed mausoleum built by the 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his favorite wife Mumtaz Begum. The city of Agra also has the majestic Agra Fort with its red-brick structure dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Both Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort and the nearby located Fatehpur Sikri are World Heritage Sites.

Another destination one must visit is very near to Taj Mahal called as the Fatehpur Sikri. I loved experiencing the visit to this another red stone marvel!

Uttar Pradesh would be incomplete without the mention of Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Varanasi which houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas ( Lord Shiva temples). Varanasi’s major attraction is the River Ganga and the Ghats. It also has one of the biggest pilgrimages of the Buddhists, Sarnath.

The state enjoys all the four Indian Seasons with a subtropical climate due to which the state is rich in its fruits and agriculture production throughout the Great Gangetic Plain.

UP is rich in vibrant festivals, culture, ancient places to worship and viharas.

The major festivals to look out for in Uttar Pradesh are the Kumbh Mela organized every twelve years at Allahabad in the Hindu month of Magadha (February-March),  Taj Mahotsav held annually at Agra displaying the colorful Braj culture and Buddha Purnima that marks the birth of Lord Gautama Buddha also a major Hindu festival.

If that was not enough one cannot miss another famous destination this state offers the Mathura and Vrindavan. It is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have been born. One can get lost in the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Chants this city has to offer while visiting thousands of temples dotted around the various parts of this city. An experience worth a visit and then revisit.  Check out my visit to VRINDAVAN in my previous blog on spirituality!

So there is so much beyond the Taj in this vibrant state and its charm keeps pulling me back again and again.


9 thoughts on “Uttar Pradesh Beyond Taj Mahal

  1. Helene

    I learn something new every day from you! I didn’t even know what state Taj Mahal was in… The red stone building is beautiful! What is it? Looks like there’s loads more to explore than Taj Mahal, and the other places are probably less touristy, right?

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      I am so happy that my post can be informative and can add value, thank you for kind words and encouragement 🙂 Red stone building is UNESCO Heritage site Fatehpur Sikri , another architectural marvel! Yes, not much tourist in other places and they are near to Taj Mahal too.

  2. Tyra

    Oooooo nice to know that there are other destinations beyond the Taj Mahal! I think I would love to visit the place where Lord Krishna was born because there are many Krishna followers in Austin, Texas. I used to see them on our campus singing Krishna chants. This was around the time I was studying religions in Asia so, I’m still quite intrigued!

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Ah the “Mathura Vrindavan” is the land of Lord Krishna, such an awesome spiritual destination . its so cool you studied religions in Asia, wowwww ! You must visit Vrindawan then you will love it 🙂

  3. lexieanimetravel

    Looove to learn more about India, It’s kinda new to me that capital town of Uttar Pradesh “Lucknow” that’s really cool name. I will never forget Agra City cause Taj Mahal is born there. I always adore the story of the emperor of Mughal and his wife. I won’t ever skip this if I’ll visit India.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Yes Lucknow now I can see the English side of this place lol makes sense actually with so many unique things there it is special place indeed. yes, Taj Mahal lives up to its hype its an awesome monument, hope you plan a trip soon 🙂

  4. Aditi

    I LOVE Lucknowi food. There is no better non-vegetarian food, than that of Awadhi cuisine, in the world!! My Nani and her family live in Lucknow so we happen to visit them once in two years. I would, however, still love to see the Taj Mahal. It’s a shame that I haven’t made the effort to go there yet. Cheers!!

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Awadhi cuisine I know is so unparalleled, hope you share your recommendations soon from your next visit, its so cool your grandparents are from Lucknow! Wait why haven’t you visited the Taj yet ….hope you plan this trip soon 🙂 It is such a cool monument.

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