Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World along with flaunting exquisite arts like the handicrafts and jewellery is a bountiful state and an utterly religious one. There are few states more quintessentially Indian than Uttar Pradesh.


The subcontinent's historic and religious roots – Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and secular – intertwine in this land of sacred rivers and vast plains, manifesting in sights of profound importance. The home to diverse religious people, this state boasts of the various cultural and religious fests. With massive royal influence in the fields of dance and music and arts, this state is home to one of the first classical dances of India, Kathak.

Aside from iconic Agra, UP is home to Varanasi, India's holiest city, famed for its cremation ghats and vibrant ceremonies along the Ganges River. And the Mughals and Nawabs made their marks as well, leaving behind architectural and gastronomic masterpieces – particularly in Lucknow (and of course Agra).Lucknow is particularly famous for chikan sarees, suits and kurtas all over the country. Zardozi is another celebrated craft from Varanasi.


The state is also known for its Nawabi style in food, can advertise fantastic street food like samosa and kachori as well as the royal meaty feasts and kebabs. Uttar Pradesh's cuisine has a bit of twin personality with Awadhi delicacies and traditions on the one hand, while richness and grandeur of the Mughlai platters on the other. The royal patronage influences the cooking techniques. The famous recipes of the state include tundey kebabs and kakori kebabs spiced to make anyone's mouth water.


The state of Uttar Pradesh is reflective of true secular spirit. Festivals of different communities are celebrated in the state of Uttar Pradesh with a lot of pomp and grandeur. Some of the major festivals celebrated are Holi, Diwali, Janmashthmi, Mahashivratri and Dussehra.

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