The Uttar Pradesh Travel Writers' Conclave 2015 brought international and Indian journalists to Uttar Pradesh’s Heritage Arc – Agra, Varanasi and Lucknow – to experience for themselves the diversity of the state’s culture and heritage, her food and her textiles, her landscapes and her wildlife.
The conclave also brought together experts in the fields of conservation, planning, food and architecture to help Uttar Pradesh build a road map that will help the state draw visitors from across India and across the world.
The journalists and experts had the privilege of meeting with Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and sharing ideas with him. The visiting writers and photographers chose between three tours that explored the diversity of Agra, Varanasi and Lucknow.
The journalists visiting Agra experienced the Taj Mahal at daybreak, as well as highlights beyond the Taj – all that makes Agra such a great showcase of Mughal influence. The tour across Varanasi took in a dawn boat-ride on the Ganga, a tour of the ghats and temples, as well as a healthy satvik lunch. They also visited the Buddhist site at Sarnath, and saw the city’s quirkier side. The Lucknow tour took the city’s famous food, as well as monuments like the Bara and Chota Imambara and The Residency.
The Chief Minister hosted lunch and dinner for the journalists and panellists.