Uttar Pradesh is a state famous for its diversity, whether it is in people, cultures or handicrafts. This variety is what makes it to be known as “The Heartland of India”. Here, one can be a ‘Pani Puri’or ‘Chaat’ lover, or on the other hand a ‘Balushahi’ or ‘Peda’ lover. Full of life, people in Uttar Pradesh never hesitate to help others different from them also. People here like to dress up colorful and so infinite colors are to be seen in the clothes they wear and the accessories like bangles and bindis, etc. They have a colorful nature and that is why festivals are celebrated all the year round.
In the mixed bag of cultures, different religions are practiced, but still people are united because they believe in love and personal bonds. I have a friend who is a Muslim, and despite of me being a Hindu, she invited me to her sister’s wedding. We had a lot of fun and the food was so delicious, especially the vermicelli, also known as ‘Sewai’, was unlike anything that I have never tasted before. I also have a friend who is a Sikh who comes to visit us every Rakshabandhan to meet me and he has become a part of the family now. So, it is quite easy to make bonds here with people as they are very compassionate. U.P. has a long history of being a mix of various cultures.
Talking of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is undoubtedly the city of Love. Couples come here to feel and experience the famous bond between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is a symbol of the love, so people here often visit with their loved ones and get lost in the unparalleled beauty of the carvings and the marbles. Agra is not just about Taj Mahal but also about the famous Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Buland Darwaza where you can see the splendor Taj. While architecture has its charm, language in UP also makes its mark. People here speak ‘Brijboli’ and it is said that to protect their own language they don’t reply to their family members if they speak in any other language. Brijboli is one of the sweetest sounding languages. It seems like chirpings of birds.
It is said that a the quickest way to somebody’s heart is through their stomach. So, it you are yet to be convinced about the beauty, charm and amicable spirits of the magnificent state, wait till you taste the culinary delights. Cuisines like Awadhi , Kamauniare to be found here are famous worldwide. It seems as a ritual, people welcome guests and offer them ‘chai’ which every Indian is very fond of. For the main course, everything, starting from the Mughalai Cuisines like kebabs, kormas, Pethas to the ‘Jalebi’ and ‘Baati Choka’, has variants and the choices are plenty. It is very famous for the variety of delicious food, especially the ones popular with the Mughals. Talking of sweets, there is an assortment of sweets to be made for different festivals like ‘Gujhia’ is made in Holi, ‘Imarti’ is the morning snack and ‘Rabdi’ is the night time calorie multiplier.
There is no limit to having new experiences and indulgences. You can run barefoot on the ‘ghats’ of Ganga under the auspicious sight of the ‘Sadhus’ or can meditate silently in the Vindha mountain ranges. It is not only a state, it is a feeling.