Uttar Pradesh offers unrivalled opportunities for the spiritual travellers with more then a handful of destinations focussed around strong divine ties. Be it the Buddha circuit from Sarnath in the east to Kushinagar and Shrawasti bordering Nepal or the Sangam of the rivers Yamuna, Ganga and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the state caters to many spiritual pursuits for travellers. In Varanasi one experiences the dominance of Hindu temples and the hallowed cremation sites that ensure liberation from rebirth. The vibe at Ram Ghat at Chitrakoot on the southern edge of the state is akin to Varanasi’s ancient stepped ghats. Braj, on the other hand envelops a large area consisting of Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul, Govardhan, Barsana and Nandgaon – all immersed in the history of Krishna. Legends and lores from Krishna’s childhood and adolescence years is what makes every temple (there are more than 5000 in the region) an interesting one. Not only is the state a melting point for Hindu mythological characters, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam has played a vital role in making the fabric of the state, a truly secular one.