Lucknow :

Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradsh, IN. Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and seat of Nawab power in the 18th and 19th centuries. It continues to be an important centre of government, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry. Lucknow sits on the northwestern shore of the Gomti River. Hindi is the main language of the city and Urdu is also widely spoken. It is accessible from every part of India by air, rail and road.

Historically the capital of Awadh and controlled by the Delhi Sultanate under Mughal rule, it was later transferred to the Nawabs of Awadh

In winter the maximum temperature is around 25 °C (77 °F) and the minimum is in the 3 °C (37 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F) range.Fog is quite common from late December to late January. Summers are extremely hot with temperatures rising into the 40 °C (104 °F) to 45 °C (113 °F) range, the average highs being in the high of 30s (degree Celsius).

The Awadh region has its own distinct "Nawabi" style cuisine. The best known dishes of this area consist of various kinds of biryanis, kebabs and breads. Kebabs are served in a variety of styles – kakori, galawati, shami, boti, patili-ke, ghutwa and seekh are among the available varieties.

 Must See : Bara Imambara, Chattar Manzil, British Residency, Jama Masjid, Rumi Darwaza.

 

Kanpur :

Kanpur is located at a distance of 76 Kms from Lucknow and is the most populous and the largest urban agglomeration in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the second largest industrial city in of the Hindi belt in North India. Kanpur is one of North India's main commercial and industrial centres. Kanpur is situated on the bank of the Ganges River and has been an important place in the history of modern India. Kanpur was one of the main centers of industrial revolution in India. It was known as Manchester of the East. Towards the end of 19th century, Sir John Burney Allens established a group of companies such as Kanpur Textiles, Cawnpore Woollen Mills (Lal-imli), Flex Shoes Company, Elgin Mills and North Tannery under the banner of British India Corporation having headquarters at Kanpur.

The bawarchis of Awadh gave birth to the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire, which has become synonymous with Kanpur today. Their spread would consist of elaborate dishes like kebabs, kormas, biryani, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal,Taftan, roomali rotis and warqi parathas.

Kanpur features an atypical version of a humid subtropical climate that resembles the climate of Delhi to some degree.

Must See : Allen Forest Zoo, J K Temple, ISKON Temple(Bithur), Massacre Ghat

 

 Agra :

Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India and is one of the most popular tourist destination in India because of The Taj Mahal. 

Agra features a semiarid climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The city features mild winters, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season. However the monsoons, though substantial in Agra, are not quite as heavy as the monsoon in other parts of India. 

 Due to the presence of the Taj Mahal and other historic monuments, it has a tourism industry as well royal crafts like Pietra Dura, marble inlay and carpets Today 40% of the population depends largely on agriculture, and others on the leather and footwear business and iron foundries. Agra is famous for its sweet dish "petha". Petha is a translucent soft candy from North India. Must See : Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri

 

Varanasi :

Varanasi is an Indian city on the banks of the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres (200 mi) south-east of the state capital, Lucknow. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism, and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India. It is often referred to as "the holy city of India", "the religious capital of India", "the city of shiva", and "the city of learning". 

The temperature ranges between 22 and 46 °C (72 and 115 °F) in the summers. In the winter from December to February, temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F) are not uncommon.

Varanasi is the hub of arts and crafts, particularly silks and brocades with gold and silver thread work, carpet weaving (with a carpet-weaving centre at Bhadoi), wooden toys, bangles made of glass, ivory work, perfumes, artistic brass and copper ware and a variety of handicrafts.

Silk weaving is the dominant manufacturing industry in Varanasi. Weaving is typically done within the household, and most weavers are Momin Ansari Muslims. Varanasi is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris, brocades with gold and silver thread work, which are often used for weddings and special occasions.

Varanasi's "Old City", the quarter near the banks of the Ganga river, has crowded narrow winding lanes flanked by road-side shops and scores of Hindu temples. Museums in and around Varanasi include Jantar Mantar, Sarnath Museum, Bharat Kala Bhawan and Ramnagar Fort.

 

 Allahabad :

Allahabad is a city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and the State's High Court is located here. As of 2011, Allahabad is the seventh most-populous city in the state and the thirty-sixth most-populous city in India. The city's original name – Prayaga, or "place of offerings" – comes from its position at the union of the Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati Rivers. It is the second-oldest city in India, and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures.

Allahabad became the capital of the North-Western Provinces in 1858, and was the capital of India for a day.Allahabad was the capital of the United Provinces from 1902to 1920. Allahabad has hosted cultural and sporting events, including Kumbh Mela and the Indira Marathon. Although the city's economy was built on tourism, most of its income now derives from real estate and financial services. 

Allahabad is noted for historic, cultural and religious tourism. Historic sites include Alfred Park, the Victoria and Thornhill Mayne Memorials, Minto Park, Allahabad Fort, the Ashoka Pillar and Khusro Bagh. The city hosts the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, every twelve years and the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela every six years.Cultural attractions include the Allahabad Museum, the Jawahar Planetarium and the University of Allahabad.