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Uttar Pradesh is a large state located in the north of the country India, it was earlier called as United Provinces when it was formed that is in 1937. Later it was renamed as Uttar Pradesh in 1950. The state is bordered by Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. It also bordered by the country of Nepal to its north. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, and it is also the largest city of U.P. the state extends over an area of 2, 43,290 sq meters. Uttar Pradesh is the fourth largest state of India by area, and it is considered to be the most populous state with over 200 million inhabitants.
Uttar Pradesh is a state that displays a range of vibrant culture, across a total of 78 districts there is a great variety in customs and traditions amongst them. One can easily make out the difference between the culture of eastern and western part of Uttar Pradesh, mainly in languages that are spoken, or the cuisine, or outfit of the people. Kathak is a classical dance form, that originated in U.P., some local forms of music that are a part of Uttar Pradeshi culture are kajari, sohar, qawwali. Rasiya, thumri, birha, chaiti, and sawani.
Diwali and Ram Navmi are popular festivals of the state, Kumbh Mela, organised in the month of Maagha (Feb-March), is a major festival held every three years in rotation at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, on the river Ganges and Nasik on the Godavari River. The cuisine has an influence of different communities and emperors of different kingdoms that ruled in here, for example, there is strong influence of Mughal, and Awadh in the their food especially in Lucknow which is also called as the city of Nawabs.
Uttar Pradesh has a vivid range of Educational Institutions that makes this state more efficient and prominent. Uttar Pradesh has more than 30 universities, including 4 central universities, 20 state university, 8 deemed universities, 2 IITs, 1 IIM in Lucknow, 1 NIT that is in Allahabad, and several polytechnics, engineering colleges and Industrial Training institute. Prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi, Indian Institute of Management in Kanpur, Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology Allahabad. Renowned institutes like Harcourt Butler Technological Institute which is known worldwide for their quality education and research in their respective fields is located here in U.P. The presence of such institutions provides the students of the state with ample opportunities for higher education. Other universities in the state include Gautam Buddha University, Banaras Hindu University, Purvanchal University, Aligarh Muslim University, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, University of Allahabad and many more.