The culture of Uttar Pradesh has its roots in the Hindi and Urdu literature, music, fine arts, traditions, drama, history, and cinema. The state is spotted with several beautiful historical monuments and multiple heritage sites. It is home to the finest food of the country and a confluence of religions. Since ancient and medieval times, it has given shelter to powerful empires and is one of the favourite tourist destinations in India.

Akhilesh Yadav-led state government has restored the state’s allure by introducing multiple schemes in the last few years. To begin with, the introduction of The Heritage Arc brought attention to the Agra, Lucknow, and Varanasi trio which is a major amalgamation of culture and history. The young chief minister also planned a Tourism Day for the state, which will be celebrated every year on the 14th of February.

Apart from this, a lot of attractions have been added in the state, since 2012 which have taken Uttar Pradesh to new heights when it comes to tourism. From eco-tourism to launching apps as aide for tourists, the Digital CM has worked very hard. Another unique initiative was the Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart, which is now celebrated annually to bring all travel lovers together.

The state
can now boast of a Tourism Complex in Saifai, Lion Safari in Etawah, Car Rally
in Agra, and restoration of traditional sites. Akhilesh Yadav said, “It is because of the concerted efforts of the Samajwadi Party government
that tourism potential and activities in this sector have increased. It is the
responsibility of the state government that more and more facilities are
extended to those coming here.”

Hence, it
came as no surprise when Uttar Pradesh was crowned as the ‘Best Indian
Destination for Culture’ by a prestigious international travel magazine-Lonely
Planet in Mumbai.