Uttar Pradesh, described as the heartland of India, falls under the influence area of the first two of India’s dedicated freight corridors – Western Corridor running between Delhi & Mumbai and Eastern Corridor running between Ludhiana and Kolkata, connecting it with remote parts of the country.
The State is amongst the most popular tourist destinations in India with the presence of Taj Mahal, Buddhist places of pilgrimage such as Sarnath and Kushinagar and prominent Hindu pilgrimage places such as Prayagraj and Varanasi. The state was ranked first and third in terms of domestic and foreign tourist arrival, respectively, in 2019.
Uttar Pradesh has several locally specialised business clusters such as sports items in Meerut, brassware in Moradabad, perfumes in Kannuaj, leather in Kanpur, shoes in Agra, embroidered sarees in Varanasi, carpet in Bhadohi, chikan work in Lucknow etc.
Uttar Pradesh is known as the food basket of India as it is a leading producer of several food items. It is also the top manufacturing destinations in India contributing more than 8% of national manufacturing output. The state is a leading electronic hardware exporter in the country and has also emerged as a key hub for IT/ ITeS and service sector including software, captive business process outsourcing (BPO) and R&D services.