Uttar Pradesh - The State of Famous Taj Mahal, Agra



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In Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, its capital, is 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 living city in the world. An important center 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 by lanes of the city are crowded bazaars selling brassware and silk brocades.

Uttar Pradesh is home to many historical and religious sites of cultural India. This is the home of such royal cities as Delhi and Agra and such holy cities such as Mathura and Ayodhaya. The great rivers of the Himalayas, water its many farming communities and have been a thoroughfare for transporting its produce since time immemorial. Apart from agriculture, the state has many modern industries and a thriving cottage industry as well.



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