Uttar Pradesh is an area in the northern part of India that extends from the eastern outskirts of New Dehli all along the Nepali border. The two most popular towns to visit are Agra and Varanasi.
Agra is most famous for the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This amazing tribute from the sultan to his deceased wife as a mausoleum is a must see and should not be missed. Another stunning site in this area to visit is the Agra Fort. Agra is a relatively small town and most of the hostels are located quite close to the main centre. Given the popularity of the Taj Mahal, it is a good idea to book your Agra hostel in advance so you don't miss out. It is also worth noting that a lot of scams operate on the bus and trains getting to and from Dehli to Agra. Be aware that when asking what platform you need to take the train from that people will lie to you and then try to offer you their private transport later 'for a good price' after they have given you the wrong information.
One of the other incredible places not to be missed here is Varanasi. This town is incredibly spiritual and you can feel the strong connection between the Ganges and the people who live on it here. This body of water is their life for them. It is where they are born, they live, wash and eventually, if they are Hindi, it is where they return to the earth after they die. You can observe the cremations along the river but it does require a mindfulness of the people grieving and can be quite confronting. Outside of the amazing spiritual journey you will take along the Ganges, there are some incredible silk and scarf shops in Varanasi and it is a great place to do some shopping to take home some amazing Indian produce.
Lucknow is also a great place to visit. While it is not as popular as the other two destinations, there is some really interesting buildings and history here. If you have the time it is well worth the visit.
Hostels in Uttar Pradesh are mostly found in and around these three cities. The majority of the hostels are in either Agra or Varanasi.
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