Uttar Pradesh

Kolkata to Kumayon- at the holy city Varanasi

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We started at 0700 hrs from Lucknow, had our mobile breakfast on the way keeping in mind to cover the distance of 314 kms to Varanasi within midday or a bit more to enjoy the essence of the holy city “Varanasi”, as we only scheduled there for only a day. I purposely avoided the NH 30 and NH 19, which went through Allahabad, remembered the situation while we started through Allahabad in the beginning, though there was no special cause of traffic jam that time but didn’t take the risk.Hence took the NH 30 and to NH 31 after Raeberilley from “Modhupuri”. It took the clock 6 hours to stuck 1300 hrs when we reached at Varanasi.

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Kolkata to Kumaon – At Lucknow

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It was around 1330 hrs when we completed the places and headed for our hotel, which was not very far. Had a lunch and in the afternoon went to the tomb of “Saadat Ali Khan”.

Just almost opposite the tomb was “Begam Hazrat Mahal Park”, which was build in the honour of a beautiful and courageous woman, dated back in 1962.

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Kolkata to Kumaon – A stay at Allahabad

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In Hindu tradition Triveni Sangam is the “confluence” of three rivers. Sangama is the Sanskrit word for confluence. The point of confluence is a sacred place for Hindus. A bath here is said to flush away all of one’s sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth.One such Triveni Sangam, in Prayag (Allahabad) has two physical rivers — Ganges and Yamuna — and the invisible Saraswati River. The place has religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years,

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Kushinagar – Where Buddha breathed last

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The actual cremation ground is a bit away and I didn’t go there this time. The area has lots of temples built by many countries which practice Buddhism. There are good hotels as well, including Taj and I clearly remember that there were internet kiosks five year back.

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Delhi to Lucknow in 5 hours via YEW and Agra Lucknow Expressway

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It was a pleasure driving on this road. I counted 57 vehicles while going towards Lucknow on this expressway which means a lot of people are still unaware of it. I tried to maintain a consistent speed of 120 kmph on this road, but to my surprise I found I was driving at 130-135 kmph. There is very little noise while driving on this road. I encountered total 4 small diversions (diversion means when you have to drive on the wrong side of the expressway).

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Holi at Holy Place of Mathura-Vrindavan

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When you will reach Temple, you can see people doing arti at Temple gate, as inside of Temple was quite crowded. Then everyone was entering inside through bit random queue, Priests were throwing colors on crowd, even everyone was throwing colors inside temple to show their happiness in celebrating holi with Lord Krishna, It’s an unbelievable experience to be a part of this event. When you are there you can’t see everything but just feel the blessing of that divine environment.

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वाह ताज – खूबसूरती और प्रेम का अनोखा संगम

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सुबह सुबह साड़े पांच बजे नींद खुल गयी एवं पत्नी का मूड एक बार फिर ताज देखने का हुआ…हलकी ठण्ड में पैदल ही पहुच गये और आश्चर्यचकित हो के देखते क्या है की सिर्फ हम गिने चुने दो चार भारतीय थे और लगभग पांच सात सौ की संख्या में विदेशी पर्यटक…हर देश के …कही से इंग्लिश भाषा सुनाई दे रही थी तो कही कोई गाइड स्पेनिश या जर्मन भाषा में इन पर्यटकों से बात कर रहा था…पता चला की लगभग सभी विदेशी सुबह ही यहाँ आते है भारतीय भीड़ से दूर और ये सुझाव उन्हें गाइड और होटल वाले देते है…पिछले दिन भी विदेशी पर्यटक काफी थे पर आज ऐसा लगा की हम लोग विदेश घुमने आये है …इतने अधिक विदेशी एक साथ एक ही जगह पे भारत में कही नही देखने को मिलते..

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Lucknow – City of Tahzeeb and Nazakat

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Aminabad is a huge market for embroidered chickan clothes, a specialty of Lucknow. The famous ‘Tunde ke Kabab’ is also located here. Some other interesting food items (dishes) which are famous in lucknow are Rahim-ke-kulche nihari, Bismillah-ki-biryani, Radhey-ki malai gilori and lassi, Raja-ki-thandai, Sharma-ki-chaat.

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Golden Triangle – Agra, Fatehpur Sikri

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We then decided that we should go around Agra a bit like visiting Red Fort. So, we took a Tonga to go to Red Fort. We enjoyed the ride and Tonga wallah obliged by letting us take pictures with Tonga. Red Fort was another revelation with so many stories about it. We had hired a guide who was telling us all the places where Shahjahan lived or exiled, where his daughters lived, mosque, sheesh mahal, bombshell damage etc. Soon, it was dusk and there were lot of birds circling the fort and its courtyard. We imagined how it would have been for Shahjahan watching his beloved Taj Mahal and the Yamuna while in exile.

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लखनऊ में हैं गर तो इमामबाड़ा देखना ना भूलियेगा जनाब !

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लखनऊ में हैं आप और बड़ा इमामबाड़ा नहीं देखा तो ऐसा ही है जैसे आगरा जाकर ताजमहल ना देख पाए हों या दिल्ली में होकर भी इंडिया गेट नहीं देख पाये.

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