Holxo Tours in Uttar Pradesh
The crown jewel of India’s remarkable heritage and the ode to love that is perhaps most identified with India – the Taj Mahal – is only the first experience that the centrepiece of the subcontinent’s history and culture, Uttar Pradesh, has, to offer visitors. Across its river-fed plains, legendary wars were fought, armies conquered, splendid cities created, and the struggle for India’s Independence took seed.
Uttar Pradesh is where the Buddha preached his first sermon and spread the illuminating word, and where the Mughals set up home and suffused it with their rich culture, glorious architecture, and exquisite royal cuisine. It is where the holy waters of the River Ganges cleanses away the sins of millions, giving joy and hope, and where one of the oldest living cities in the world is ageless, deeply spiritual, and replete with shrines, festivals, and bazaars. Here is the sacred Sangam (confluence) of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers – the site of the mind-boggling Kumbh Mela that draws an ocean of devotees and pilgrims from across the world to take a dip in the icy waters.
In Uttar Pradesh lies the seat of North India’s finest traditions of classical music, dance, theatre, art, and literature. Equally famed are its delicate chikankari (embroidery work) workshops, excellent street food, wonderful old brassware and bell metal utensils, stunning gold-threaded silk brocade textiles called Benarsi, and superb traditional musical instruments.Uttar Pradesh has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri.