Uttar Pradesh becomes top tourist destination for Indians, third for foreigners in 2019 – Zee News

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh, which is one of the historically rich places, has become the topmost visited state across the country, announced the Tourism Department of the Yogi Adityanath-led government on Tuesday (October 20, 2020). 

The news was shared by the official Twitter handle of the Department of Tourism, Government of Uttar Pradesh, where it was announced that UP has been the first choice for the Indians travelling around the country.

The state was visited by over 53 crore Indian tourists in 2019, whereas, more than 47 lakh foreigners also landed at Uttar Pradesh’s airports. UP witnessed the third most number of footfalls in terms of foreign visitors in India in 2019.

The milestone also stands true to Uttar Pradesh’s tourism tagline – “UP Nahi Dekha Toh India Nahi Dekha.”

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s efforts in promoting tourism are now showing results,” IANS quoted Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Mukesh Meshram as saying.

Meshram stated that CM Yogi highlighted the tremendous tourism potential of Uttar Pradesh that has several places of religious, cultural and historical importance. 

As per UP government’s tourism official website, the following are few of the top destinations:

Agra – Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura – Vrindavan, Lucknow, Varanasi – Sarnath, Ayodhya, Kushinagar, Sravasti, Kapilvastu, Prayagraj – Chitrakoot, Bareilly, Jhansi – Deogarh and Meerut – Sardhana. 

The state has 75 districts and 689 cities and towns and boasts of monuments like Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jhansi Ka Quila, Akbar’s Tomb, Bara Imambara, Sarnath Stupa, Allahabad Fort, Deogarh monuments, amongst other many places.

The state also has several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries like Dudhwa National Park, Katarnia Ghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Sur Sarovar (Keetham) Bird Sanctuary, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.

Uttar Pradesh is also famous for the ‘Maha Kumbh Mela’ which is attended by millions and is reportedly the largest religious congregation across India. The Sangam in Prayagraj is known as the Tirtharaj (the King of Tirthas) and here the Maha Kumbh is held once in every twelve years.

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