Uttar Pradesh is a state in the Plains region of India.   Lucknow  is the capital and  Kanpur  is the commercial capital and the largest city of 'Uttar Pradesh'. On 9 November 2000, a new state,  Uttarakhand , was carved from the mountainous Himalayan region of Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh is known for ages for its rich culture and tradition. It is home to  Ayodhya  and  Mathura  birthplace of Lord  Rama  and Lord  Krishna  respectively. Uttar Pradesh attracts a large number of both national and international tourists.  Taj Mahal , one of the  New Seven Wonders of the World  in  Agra  is also located in Uttar Pradesh. There are different places one can visit in Uttar Pradesh.  Agra ,  Jhansi ,  Lucknow  and  Meerut  are historical cities famous for their monuments.  Mathura , Vrindavan ,  Gokul ,  Varanasi ,  Ayodhya  and  Allahabad  are holy cities for  Hindus  and  Kushinagar  and  Sarnath  are important  Buddhist  places among the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of  Gautama Buddha .  Noida  is the most developed urban city of Uttar Pradesh. Every year thousands gather at  Allahabad  to take part in the festival on the banks of the Ganges, the  Magh Mela . The same festival is organised in a larger scale every 12th year and attracts millions of people and is called the  Kumbha Mela . Kumbh Mela (especially the Maha Kumbh Mela) is the most sacred of all the pilgrimages. Varanasi  (also called Kashi and Benares) is widely considered to be the second oldest city in the world after  Jerusalem . It is famous for its  ghats (steps along the river) which are populated year round with people who want to take a dip in the holy Ganges River. Kashi Vishwanath Temple  in Varanasi is home to the Vishwanath Jyotirling temple, which is one of the most sacred of Hindu Temples. Birthplace of Lord Krishana. Both  Mathura  &  Vrindavan  have beautiful temples devoted to  Krishna . The place comes alive at the time of  Holi , when a special brand of  Holi  called the  Lath mar Holi  is played here. Hindus believe the birthplace of  Rama  to be in Ayodhya at the place called  Ram Janmabhoomi , the site of the demolished  Babri Mosque Ayodhya is also the birthplace of five Tirthankars, including the first  Tirthankar  of  Jainism , Shri Rishabh Dev. He is known as the father of Jain religion. The city is also important in the history and heritage of  Buddhism  in India, with several Buddhist temples, monuments and centers of learning having been established here during the age of the  Mauryan Empire  and the  Gupta Dynasty .  The  Dudhwa National Park  is a  national park  in the  Terai  of  Uttar Pradesh ,  India , and covers an area of 490.3 km 2  (189.3 sq mi), with a buffer zone of 190 km 2  (73 sq mi). It is part of the  Dudhwa Tiger Reserve . [1]  It is located on the Indo- Nepal  border in the  Lakhimpur Kheri District , and has buffer of reserved forest areas on the northern and southern sides.

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