Uttar Pradesh is the microcosm of India, multicultural, multiracial, conglomeration of fabulous wealth of nature-hills, valleys, rivers, forests, and vast plains. Viewed as the largest tourist destination in India, Uttar Pradesh boasts of 35 million domestic tourists. More than half of the foreign tourists, who visit India every year, make it a point to visit this state of Taj Mahal and Ganga. Agra itself receives around one million foreign tourists a year coupled with around twenty million domestic tourists. Its tourism promotion budget is bigger than that of government of India and half of the states of Indian union combined. Uttar Pradesh is studded with places of tourist attractions across a wide spectrum of interest to people of diverse interests.
The seventh most populated state of the world, Uttar Pradesh can lay claim to be the oldest seat of India’s culture and civilization. It has been characterized as the cradle of Indian civilization and culture because it is around the Ganga that the ancient cities and towns sprang up.
Uttar Pradesh played the most important part in India’s freedom struggle and after independence it remained the strongest state politically. Most of the Prime Ministers in India represented Uttar Pradesh in the parliament of India. All these make the state a place that should not be left if anybody wants to understand India, as it is.