Top 5 religious places in Uttar Pradesh

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1. Vrindavan

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Vrindavan is always filled with the devotees of Lord Krishna. Vrindavan is the hub of Brajbhoomi or Braj Mandal, a collective name for the villages in this area where Krishna spent his boyhood days till age 12. So one can very well imagine the amount of people that visit the place. The place finds its name mentioned in many mythological books.

2. Varanasi

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Varanasi is the oldest city in the world and is situated in the banks of Ganga and is close to Sarnath. There are just too many temples to visit here, including KashiVishwanath temple, Durga temple, Bharat mata temple, SankatMochan Hanuman temple, Kashi fort, Manikarnikaghat, Kabirchaura, and many others. The places is flocked with pilgrims al the year around.

3. Ayodhya

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The birthplace of Lord Rama, Ayodhya is one of the most visited places in Ayodhya. The place has many temples. The Rishabhadeo Jain temple at Ayodhya attracts many Jains as it is famous Jain pilgrimage place. Ayodhya is located on the banks of River Saryu and is just a 3 hour drive from Lucknow. There are also many Buddhist temples here.

4. Chitrakoot

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Chitrakoot is shared by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. There are many religiously important places to visit here. The list includes River Mandakini, Atri-Anusuya ashram, Bharat koop, Gupt Godavari, Hanuman dhara, Sphatikshila and Kamadgiri hill. The place is famous for Hindu devotees.

5. Allahabad

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Previously called Prayag, Allahabad is most famous for its Kumbhmela and Maghmela. The place is the meeting point of the three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. In the mela all the sages from all over India come together and offer prayers. The place witnesses huge group of pilgrimages especially during the month of January. Allahabad is just a 6 hour drive from Lucknow.