Tagged: Uttar Pradesh

My journey through the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was technically not slow travel. All in all, the whole duration took about 10 days, split between 3 cities. India was not my primary focus on that trip – Nepal was. So I decided I could merely sample the whole of Uttar Pradesh through its primary tourism capitals of Varanasi, Lucknow, and the crown jewel – Agra. 

But I did insist on one twist to make the trip different from the way most of my peers might travel India (if they would at all!). I would cross Uttar Pradesh by the backbone of Indian intercity transportation – the railway. 

One trip – twice levelled up. 

I arrived into Varanasi already full with the growth through my experience trekking in Annapurna. I would have been content to merely end up a tourist in Uttar Pradesh. 

But India does not seem to work that way. I came in from Nepal with an open heart, and she deepened it with Uttar Pradesh’s density of life. I learned first hand why it is so difficult for foreigners to describe India, and why it is such a polarising country. Every day was a story waiting to be birthed, sometimes more. 

And so, I grew yet more as I rumbled along the train tracks westward to Delhi. 

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Solo Day Trip from Delhi to Agra by Train

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How to Spend Just One Day in Lucknow

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The Tuktuk Driver in Lucknow Train Station

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Leaving Varanasi on a Train Bound for Lucknow

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Seeking Sanctuary on a Sarnath Day Trip

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