In Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow was associated
with the princely court of Oudh and then with the British, both traditions
lingering on in the city whose finest monument is the Bara Imambara. Further
east, Varanasi is the oldest city in India. An important centre of Hindu
pilgrimage, it is believed that those who die in Varanasi will be released
from the cycle of rebirth. Pious Hindus still come to Varanasi to spend
their last days, living in spartan communes run by a multitude of religious
trusts. The focus of interest to a visitor is the sacred River Ganga. At the
series of steps leading down to it, people come to wash away their sins by
bathing in the river, the dead are cremated and holy men meditate. In the
narrow bylanes of the city are crowded bazaars selling brassware and silk
Agra, the city of the inimitable Taj
Mahal is now an educational and business centre-known for its craftsmen &
handicrafts. Marble and softstone inlay work, carpet and leather goods are
some important traditional crafts of the city.
Agra, and the nearby city of FATEHPUR SIKRI, are conveniently close to
Delhi to warrant an all day excursion by coach or taxi although there are
several hotels of every standard of comfort. Besides the Taj Mahal are Agra
Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-ud-Daulah. 35 km away are the imperial
ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri. Agra and Fatehpur Sikri are not
merely rich legacies of Mughal history - they are the finest examples of
architecture which combined Hindu and Muslim elements
Places of Interest
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Dayal Bagh, Chini-Ka-Roza, Itmad-Ud-Daula Tomb,
Radhaswami Samadhi, Mariyam's Tomb, Sikandra, Jama Masjid, Motilal Nehru
Park, Shah Jahan Gardens & Rosary, Ram Bagh .
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary 54 kms, Fatehpur Shikri 37 kms, Kaitham Lake 23
kms, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Mathura 54 kms, Van Vihar Widlife
Sanctuary 60 kms.
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh,
one of the biggest states in India and is situated on the banks of the river
Gomati, tributary of the Ganga. It is famous for its Gardens, Parks and
unique archaeological monuments. The people of Lucknow are known for
exquisite charm, courtesy and flair of the Urdu language.
Places of Interest
Residency, Bada Imam Bara, Rumi Darwaza, Hussainabad, Clock Tower, Shah
Nazar Zoo, State Museum, Macchi Bhawan, Khurshid Mahal, Botanical Gardens,
Chinhat Lake (13 kms), Kukrail Picnic Spot (15 kms), Nawab Ganj Bird
Sanctuary (40 kms), Nimsar (102 kms), Dudwa National Park (60 kms),
Golaknath Temple (171 kms).
Allahabad is situated at the confluence of
the 3 sacred rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & the invisible Saraswati. It is
here at the sangam that Hindus converage for a holy dip especially during
the Kumbha Mela, held here every 12 years after
Places of Interest
Anand Bhawan (Home of the Nehru family), Allahabad Fort, Bhardwaj Ashram,
Khusro's Tomb, Patlipuri Temple, Sangam, Swaraj Bhawan, Botanica Gardens,
Kaushambi 6O kms, Chitrakoot 132 kms, Ayodhya 167 kms.
The Kumbh Mela is held at the sangam in Allahabad for over a month every
The Magh Mela (Mini Kumbha) is held every year(except in the years of
Kumbha Mela & Ardh Kumbh Mela) in the month of Magh(January-February
Climate (deg C) :
Summer- Max 46.6, Min 27.2; Winter- Max
25.6, Min 10.5.
Summer- Cottons/Tropical; Winter- Woollens.
Best Season :
October to March
As the sacred river Ganga flows the
snow-clad Himalayas into the vast plains, half way between Delhi and
Calcutta it curves into a gentle crescent and along the crescent lies
Varanasi. Said to be the frist created spot on earth according to legend, in
existence for over thousands of years. Varanasi is the city which enshrines
the very essence of Hinduism.
Fort, jay Stambha, Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera
Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological
Museum. Nagari: 14 kms. An ancient town in Rajasthan, it is situated north
of Chittor. According to excavation, a civilisation flourished here from the
Maurya to the Gupta dynasty. Notable excavations indicate these having both
the serenity of Hinduism and the sacrifice of Buddhism. Excavations are
Uttaranchal is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved and enchanting
states located on the northern part of India. The region is blessed with
magnificent glaciers, majestic rivers, gigantic Himalayan peaks, skiing
resorts and dense forests. Nature has endowed this region with so much
beauty and spiritual bliss that the land is also known as Dev Bhoomi (Land
of Gods). It has within its borders the char-dhams (the four most sacred and
revered Hindu temples): Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. This
is the land where Vedas and Shastras were composed and the great Indian epic
- Mahabharata was written. The region has always been the source of
inspiration for nature lovers and seekers of peace and spirituality. The
locals are friendly, warm, with rich culture and traditions
The highest and the youngest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas
form the northern border of the Indian sub-continent. In Sanskrit Himalayas
means "abode of snow", truly characterizing the vast and permanent
snowfields above the snowline. In the heart of these majestic mountains lies
the state of 'Uttaranchal' with Kumaon district on its east and Garhwal on
the west. This mountainous region offers a wonderful panorama of high
snow-clad peaks, making one fall in love with the Himalayas and feel closer
to God. Of the many beautiful peaks the most famous are Mt. Everest, Mt. K2,
Mt. Kamet and Mt. Nanda Devi.
of the Ganga
Ganga, Yamuna and scores of other rivers originate in Uttaranchal. Among
them Ganga is the most holy and prominent. It represents the soul of India -
her rich culture, history and civilization. The source of Ganga is at
'Gaumukh' (the shape of the ice formation is like a cow's mouth), where the
mighty river emerges from the depths of the Gangotri glacier. Rising in the
icy caves the gushing and gurgling Bhagirathi starts its long journey
downwards where later it joins river Alaknanda and becomes Ganga.
The capital city of Uttranchal, surrounded
on the east by river Ganga, on the west by Yamuna, the Doon Valley is a most
picturesque region at the foothills of the panoramic Shivalik ranges.
» Temperature (deg C) :
Summer- Max 36.6, Min 16.7;
Winter- Max 23.4, Min 5.2
» Clothings :
Summer- Cottons, Winter- Woollens.
» Season :
Throughout the Year.
the hinterlands of the Himalayas is Gangotri where, it is believed, Ganga,
the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. According to the Hindu
religious scriptures, the goddess manifested herself in the form of a river
to absolve the sins of King Bhagirathi's sons, following his penance of
several centuries. At the legendary source of the river, goddess Ganga is
worshipped in the form of deity. The Gangotri temple was built in the early
18th century by a Gorkha commander, Amar Singh Thapa and later rebuilt by
the Maharaja of Jaipur. By November, Gangotri is snowbound, and so the deity
is taken 25 kms downstream to Mukhba, so that her devotees are not thwarted.
Despite the severe cold, however, several "SADHUS" remain at
Gangotri year round, even through the very severe winter. Gomukh, the
identified source of the river Ganga, is 18 kms further uphill. The trek to
Gomukh is gradual, and severl pilgrims undertake the journey to pay homage
to the river at its known source.
Places of Interest & Excursions
Submerged Shivling :
A natural Shivling formed of rock, submerged in the river, where according
to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when the Ganga first descended to earth. The
Shivling is visible only when the water is clear in early winter.
Gomukh Trek (23 Km) :
Snout of Gangotri glacier & source of the river Bhagirathi,Gomukh is
located at an altitude of 4200 metres. En route accommodation is available
at Bhojwasa in Tourist Rest House.
Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the
Garhwal Himalayas, located on a flank of the Bandarpunch peak. Yamunotri
stands in the shadow of Banderpunch mountain (6315 Metres). Its various
places of tourist Interest include the Temple of Yamunotri, Surya Kund, A
hot water spring and Divya Shila.
» Temperature (deg C) :
Summer- Max.20, Min.5;
Winter- Max Subzero, Min.Snowbound
» Clothings :
Summer- Light woollens, Winter- Heavy
» Best Season :
May-June and September-October.
Rishikesh is one of the most popular
pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath,
Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have
enhanced the significance of the place
Places of Interest
Bharat Temple (1.6 kms) [ Open from 0500 to 1100 hrs and 1300 to 2100 hrs
], Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple (1.6 kms), Laxman Jhoola (6.7 kms),
Pushkar Temple (1.6 kms), Shatrughan Temple, Muni-Ki-Reti (4.8 km), Swarg
Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Parmath Niketan (8 km), Lakshman Temple, Sadanand
Jhoola, Triveni Ghat, Shivanand Ashram, Kailash Ashram, Academy of
24 kms, Dehradhun 45 kms, Uttarkhand 144 kms, Kedarnath 228 kms, Badrinath
203 kms, Gangotri 253 kms, Yamunotri 226 kms, Nilkanth 16 kms, Mussoorie 77
Divine Life Society, Shivananda Nagar.
Yoga Niketan, Muni-Ki-Reti
Academy of Meditation (M. Mahesh Yoga Ashram) Shankaracharya Nagar
Yoga & Meditation Centre (Yoga Sadhana Ashram), Railway Road
The temples of Shiva and Vishnu at
Kedarnath and Badrinath have been the destination of pilgrims for centuries.
Once reached after tortuous treks but easily accessible today by road. At
Uttarkashi at a height of over 3000 metres the snow melts to form the sacred
rivers of Ganga and Yamuna in the deep recess of the mountains. The route to
the two sources begins at Rishikesh and passes ancient temples and Valleys
along the way. The Shrines are open from 1st week of May upto Diwali day.
1. Inoculation against Cholera is necessary.
2. Boiled Water is advisable for drinking.
3. Tinned provisions are useful.
4. Travellers should carry warm clothing, blankets, water proof ground
sheets, rain coat, umbrella, torch, walking sticks, canvas shoes and some
5. Dandies, Kandies, Ponies are available at all the bus terminals at
reasonable charges with the help of G.M.V.N. conducted tour guides.
Haridwar located in the foothills of the
Himalayas is the point where the river Ganga reaches the plains. It is an
ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. Legend has it that
King Bhagiratha brought the Ganga onto the earth, and it was at this point
where his ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of the sage Kapila.
Haridwar (and Rishikesh) represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage
shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines
begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also
the site of celebration of the Kumbh Mela, once in twelve years, when
Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The five sacred bathing
spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and
Kusavarta. Gangadwara is the most important temple here. The Ganga Aarti
performed in all temples at Haridwar simultaneously at 7 pm each evening, is
a spectacular sight.