Uttar Pradesh is a state in India.

"Northern state" is a term used to describe a region in the United States.

Along the Nepalese border, there is a modern Indian state.

Uttar Pradesh is India's most populated state, making it one of the country's most politically significant.

From the high Himalayas to the rice-growing plains of the eastern basin, the state has a diverse environment, providing tremendous natural and social diversity.

Uttar Pradesh also has the origins and a large portion of the length of both the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, as well as several of India's holy places.

The four Himalayan Dhams ("[divine] abodes"), Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath; the sacred cities of Haridwar, Allahabad, and Benares; the city of Ayodhya, the mythic home of the god Rama; and the Braj region south of Delhi, which is mythically associated with the god Krishna, are just a few of the state's major sacred sites (tir Christine Nivin et al., India, 8th ed., Lonely Planet, 1998, is an accessible reference for general information on Uttar Pradesh and all of India's provinces.

Also see four dhams.