Agra’s magnificent white marble Taj Mahal stands like a bulbous beacon, drawing tourists like moths to a wondrous flame.
Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi.
Liberally sprinkled with British Raj-era buildings, the ruins of the historic Residency and boasting two superb mausoleums, Lucknow oozes historical interest, although you have to go looking for it in the sprawling congestion that characterises...
This magnificent fortified ghost city, 40km west of Agra, was the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire between 1571 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar.
Allahabad, 135km west of Varanasi, holds an important place in the Hindu religion.
Buddha came to Sarnath, 10km northeast of Varanasi, to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya.
Braj Bhoomi – the ‘Land of Eternal Love’ and the name given to the region where the popular god Krishna is believed to have been born and spent his early years – existed only in the collective consciousness of Hindus until it was rediscovered by...
Looking at the map, Jhansi lies at the narrow mouth of a globular Uttar Pradesh incursion into Madhya Pradesh.
The last of the four main pilgrimage sites marking Buddha’s life – the others are Lumbini (Nepal), Bodhgaya and Sarnath – Kushinagar is where Buddha died, breathing his last words: ‘All things must pass.
Dusty and crowded Vrindavan is where the young Krishna indulged in pranks such as stealing clothes from the gopis (milkmaids) while they bathed in the river.
Gorakhphur is uniquely placed at the crossroad between where the Buddha was born (Lumbini in Nepal) and died (Kushinagar), although for many travellers it’s merely a waystation on the road between Varanasi and Nepal.