Table of contents:

  1. Agra
  2. Lucknow
  3. Kanpur
  4. Mathura
  5. Ayodhya
  6. Allahabad/ Prayagraj
  7. Varanasi
  8. Jhansi
  9. Hastinapur
  10. Sarnath

INDIA is a country which rests on its diversity for her identity. It has 28 states as of now and each of them has its own beauty and magnificence. Each state tells a different story but each story weaves the cultural, mythological and historical fabric of this grand country.


Uttar Pradesh is a north Indian state. It is the most populated state of India. It is of immense significance when seen in the terms of historic importance, cultural diversity and economic value. The love of travelers towards the state is unconcealed. The cities of the Uttar Pradesh are eminent historically and mythologically in their own ways. Their cuisines are contrasting like many other things here such as architecture, music, traditions, customs, etc. Collectively we can say that the place heritage shows an amazing contrast. That’s why Uttar Pradesh is on the top of every enthusiast traveller’s “Exploring Wishlist”. We are presenting you the list of the top 10 places mustn’t be missed while you are visiting Uttar Pradesh. LET’S BEGIN!!


Agra is a famous tourist destination as it is the home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the majestic Taj Mahal. It was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1632 AD. The architecture was executed under the guidance of the famous architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori. The mausoleum is the symbol of love and preferred by most of the newly married couples at the first place. Beside the Taj, Agra is home to a large number of monuments like the Agra Fort which was made by the great Mughal emperor and grandfather of Shah Jahan, Akbar. It was the residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638 before the capital shifted from Agra to Delhi. Other monuments like Itmad-ud-Daulah (also called as the ‘Baby Taj’), Akbar Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Mehtab Bagh, etc. are also lies here. Temples like, the prominent Mankameshwar Temple, Balkeshwar Temple and Rajeshwar Temple are the home to thousand devotees of the Hindu God, Shiva. People come from all around the world to worship the great lord Shiva here. Beside the monuments, Agra is also famous for its large variety of handicrafts like the marble handcrafting, antiques and showpieces. Also, the food here is praised by millions of food travelers, cuisine lovers, travel vloggers. Bedai Kachori, Dahi Jalebi, Petha-Dalmoth, Puri-Sabzi,etc. are some of the famous food of Agra. The reasons for a trip to Agra are enormous and you must follow your instincts to visit the Land of Taj.
Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• The Taj Mahal
• The Agra Fort
• Itmad-ud-Daulah
• Akbar Tomb
• Mankameshwar Temple
Foods not to be missed• Bedai Kachori
• Dahi Jalebi
• Paratha
• Bhalla
• Petha Dalmoth
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitOctober to March (Autumn to Spring)


Gorgeous imaambara complex

The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is famously called as ‘the city of Nawabs’. The reason behind this is when, the Nawabs of Awadh (area of eastern Uttar Pradesh) acquired Lucknow as their capital, the city became the cultural capital of India as the Nawabs were true patrons of the art. They were also widely known for their extravagant lifestyle as well. Lucknow is extremely admired by the historians as it homes a large number of medieval and British India Monuments. Bara Imambara, built by Asfi Imambara, one of the Nawab of Lucknow, is a prominent place of worship for Muslims who specially come here to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram. Its magnificent maze locally called as Bhool Bhulaiya on the upper floor of the monument. It has 1024 ways to get in but only 2 to get out. Beside Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Jama Masjid, British Residency, Chattar Manzil etc. are also famous. A visit to the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden must be considered. The city of Lucknow is a place of stay for the food travelers and vloggers who came here. The aroma of cuisines like Biryani, Kebab, Veg Kebab, Khasta Kachori, Kulcha Nihari, Chole Bhature, etc. are the base of the food attractions here.
The reasoning behind a trip to Lucknow is simple and straight and you must follow this path only to visit the city of Nawabs.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Bara Imambara
• Chota Imambara
• Jama Mazjid
• British Residency
• Rumio Darwaza
• Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden
• Chattar Manzil
Foods not to be missed• Biryani
• Kebab
• Veg- Kebab
• Poori Kachori
• Kulcha Nihari
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitAugust to October (Monsoon) Winter can also be preferred.


Situated on the banks of river Ganga, Kanpur (Previously as Cawnpore) is a prominent Commercial city of Uttar Pradesh. It lies in western part of the state. The city is often regarded as ‘the leather city of the world’. The reason behind its popularity among the travelers is the colonial architecture, beautiful gardens and parks, high quality leather and extraordinary textiles. Kanpur homes a huge variety when it comes to- what should we visit? Kanpur has something for everyone. From Kids to elders, everybody can find joyful activities to do in Kanpur. The city has a number of Theme parks, like Blue World Theme Park, Jungle Water Park, Sports Village Kanpur, etc. The Famous Green Park Stadium is also situated here. Kanpur Zoological Park can be a great place to see the nature from the closest. Beautiful gardens like Nana Rao Park, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Kamala Retreat, Buddha Park, Moti Jheel, etc. are present here. Temples including the JK Temple, ISKCON Temple Kanpur, Valmiki Ashram, Ram, Janki Mandir, Kanch ka Mandir, etc. are the maintain the hoy beauty of the city to a wider extent. In foods, you must try, Sultani Dal, Luchi Sabzi, Biryani, Imarti, Chaat from Hanuman Chaat Bahandar. It is place which must be enjoyed with full intensity and merriment. You should give a try to this package of happiness and simplicity named Kanpur.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• JK Temple
• ISKCON Temple
• Valmiki Ashram
• Blue World Theme Park
• Nana Rao Park
• Mahatma Gandhi Park
Foods not to be missed• Luchi Sabzi
• Sultani Dal
• Badnaam Kulfi
• Imarti
• Chaat
• Lassi
• Biryani
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitOctober to March (Winter, Spring)


Hastinapur is one of the most historically and mythologically important cities of India. It lies in the Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. The city is famous for a number of things and locations. According to the Indian mythology, Hastinapur was the capital of the Kuru Kingdom, as mentioned in the great epic The Mahabharata. It also finds its place in the ancient Jain texts. It is situated on the banks of river Ganga. Its relevance is amplified by the fact that it has been important to both Hinduism and Jainism and there
are a number of religious sites situated in the city. These sites make Hastinapur a site to be visited by tourists. Some of the famous Jain sites include Shri Digamber Jain Prachin Bada Mandir; the oldest Jain site in the city, Shri Shwetambar Jain Ashtapad Teerth, Kailash Parvat Rachna and Jambudweep Jain Tirth. Important Hindu religious temples like andeshwar Temple and Karna Temple attract both thedevotees and tourists for exploring the beauty of Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh & India.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Shri Digamber Jain Prachin Bada Mandir
• Shri Shwetambar Jain Ashtapad Teerth
• Kailash Parvat Rachna British Residency
• Jambudweep Jain Tirth
• Pandeshwar Temple
• Karna Temple
Foods not to be missed• Poori Kachori
• Samosa
• Bread Pakora
• Pav Bhaaji
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitOctober to March (Winters) Can also be visited throughout the year.


Situated in Agra’s vicinity, is the town that is a pilgrimage of its own. An absolutely unique sight to behold, Mathura has a number of Shree Krishna temples and is a must tourist spot for the one who wants to truly understand the essence of India. The holy city has the Krishna Janmasthana Temple Complex, the Dwarkadhish Temple and the ISKCON TEMPLE along with many others. The Mathura Museum is another very significant site as it displays artifacts from the Gupta and Kushan Empires. It showcases a
number of ancient sculptures. Krishna Janmashtami (The Birthday of Lord Krishna) is a grand celebration in the city. Moreover, the Lathmaar Holi is a hilarious and heartwarming festivity as well. Mathura has a worth trying cuisine too. Mathura ka Peda is one of its kind, Makhan Mishri is a traditional sweet, Khaman Dhokla, Milk, Rabri and Lassi are other some mouthwatering foods that must be tried while visiting Mathura.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Krishna Janmasthana Temple Complex • Dwarkadhish Temple • ISKCON TEMPLE • British Residency • Rumio Darwaza • Mathura Museum • Chattar Manzil
Foods not to be missed• Mishri • Khaman Dhokla • Milk • Rabri • Lassi
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitOctober to April (Winter-Spring)


Also called Banaras and Kashi, the city is one of the oldest cities in the entire world. Kashi od Varanasi holds enormous importance in the Indian history, culture and religion. It’s place in India cannot be enough emphasized in words. It is another city situated on the banks of the river Ganges. Varanasi is a prime pilgrimage when it comes to death rites ceremonies in the Hindu religion. Banaras homes a good number
of sites and elements that are sufficient to leave the beholder in awe of the many hues of the civilization that Kashi is. Some of the world-famous sites include Manikarnika Ghat, the sacred cremation ground on the river Ganges, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Jain Ghat, Jantar Mantar observatory, Ramnagar Fort, The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Durga Temple, Parshvanath, Sarnath, et cetera. There are over 15 mosques of importance in Kashi, like Gyanvapi Mosque and Alamgir Mosque. There are literally hundreds of sites in Varanasi that may take at least half a month to get explored. The food of Varanasi is a different delight altogether. Kachori Sabzi, Chana Dahi Vada, Baati Chokha, Litti Chokha, Chooda Matar, Duhey Chutney Golgappe, Banarasi Paan and Banarasi Lassi and Thandai are only few of the many flavours of the city.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Kasi Vishwanath Temple • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple • Manikarnika Ghat, • Durga Temple • Parshvanath • Gyanvapi Mosque
Foods not to be missed• Kachori Sabzi • Chana Dahi Vada • Baati Chokh • Duhey Chutney Golgappe • Banarasi Paan
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitNovember to February (Winter) Monsoons can also be preferred.


Ayodhya is a twin town of Faizabad district of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is identified as a legendary city and the birthplace of the Hindu God Rama. Hence, the Ramayana, world oldest epic is set in Ayodhya. The city came into light during the reign of Gupta Empire. Ayodhya is one of the holiest cities of the country as a number of myths and legends are associated with it. Ayodhya has gathered international attention due to the dispute regarding the Rama Janm Bhoomi. Finally, the dispute is over and the apex court has given its verdict in favour of building the Ram Mandir while upholding the dignity and respect of all the religions involved. It
has also been ordered to build a Masjid [Mosque] at a different place. Ayodhya also has a Guinness World Record of lighting 450,000 diyas on the occasion of Diwali in 2019.

Must Visits• Kanak Bhagwan Temple
• Vijay Raghav Temple
• Ram ki Paidi • Vijay Raghav Temple
• Hanuman Garhi Mandir
• Tulsi Udyaan
Foods not to be missed• Laddoo
• Chaat
• Rabri
• Dahi Vada
• Veg Biryani
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitMid-October to March (Winter,Spring)


A drone shot of Largest congregation of people in Allahabad during Kumbh 2019.

The city of Allahabad, now called Prayagraj is a major and very important city of Uttar Pradesh. It comes in the metropolis category, is the judicial capital of the state and is very populous. Historically and politically, it has been of immense importance. The British India and the Indian struggle for independence owe a lot to the city of Allahabad. According to Akbarnama, the great Mughal Emperor Akbar founded the great city. Some of the famous sites of the city include Anand Bhawan, the residence of Motilal
Nehru, a notable leader in the freedom struggle and father to Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Minto Park, Thornhill Mayne Memorials, the Victoria, Ashoka Pillar and Khusro Bagh. Religious
festivities and sites like the Kumbh Mela, the Triveni Sangam and All Saints Cathedral add to the beauty of the city. Like every city of Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad has its own famous and tasty dishes that one must
try while visiting the city. These include Kachori Sabzi at Netram Moolchand and Sons, Lassi at Raja Ram Lassi Waalaa, The Biryani at Eat on, Chaat at Nirala, Gulab Jamuns at Hira Halwai, Masala Churmura at any Street Corner, Chhole Samose at Sainik, Dahi Bhalla at Kamdhenu and much more!

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Anand Bhawan
• Chandrashekhar Azad Park
• Minto Park
• Thornhill Mayne Memorials
• the Victoria
• Khusro Bagh
Foods not to be missed• Kachori Sabzi
• Chaat
• Gulab Jamuns
• Masala Churmura
• Dahi Bhalla
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitMid-October to March (Winter,Spring)


Lying in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, Jhansi is one of the prominent and known cities of the state. Famously known as the Gateway of Bundelkhand, the city boasts of a splendid history. It is honoured by the deeds of the Queen of Jhansi who fought valiantly during the Revolt of 1857. It has the grand Jhansi Fort (Jhansi ka Qila) located on the hilltop called Bangira. The fortress is as old as the 11th Century, built in the time of Chandela Kings. It is a very lively tourist spot, visited by various visitors
every day. The town is well connected to airports and other means of transport. Jhansi is also an attraction due to the Jhansi Festival held every year in the month of February. This festival is a great opportunity to get familiar with the great culture of Jhansi. There are a number of cuisines and street foods which are peculiar to Jhansi in their tastes and types. A
wide range of affordable restaurants and hotels not only make your trip worth it but give you a chance to explore the taste of the place. For snacks you may go to Hot Bite, bakery can be tasted at Navbharat bakery shop. Some shops where you can satisfy your appetite are Dau ke Samose, Narayan Chaat Bhandar, Janak’s Restaurant, Vandana Sweets and Restaurant, Shrinath Pav Bhaji & Pulav Centre and Avadh Foods along with many others.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Jhansi Fort
• Government Museum
• Barua Sagar
• St. Jude’s Shrine
• Parichha Dam
• Rani Laxmi Bai Par
Foods not to be missed• Dau ke Samose
• Chaat
• Pav Bhaji
• Poori Kachori
• Pulav
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitOctober to Mid-March (Winters)


Dhamekh Stupa and ruins in Sarnath, India

Formerly known as Isipatna, Sarnath is a small village situated 13km north east from the city of Banaras. Sarnath is an important place because it is the place where Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon. The place is the second home to the pilgrims, where they focus on the teachings of the Buddha. Sarnath is a great historic spot with sites like Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath Archaeological Site, Chaukhandi Stupa, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, etc. The National Emblem of India the lion Capital is taken from the Ashoka Pillar situated here. In foods, you must try the Tibetan, North Indian, South Indian cuisines here Sarnath is a holy place which should be visited for enjoyment and must be visited for historic enlightenment.

Some suggestions and recommendations are given below:

Must Visits• Dhamekh Stupa • Sarnath Archaeological Site • Chaukhandi Stupa • Chaukhandi Stupa • Ashoka Pillar
Foods not to be missed• Tibetan Food • North Indian Food • South Indian Food
Owic’s Recommendation for your visitOctober to March (Winters due to pleasant weather)

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