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The Plains of India are considered to be the country's heartland. The Ganges and Yamuna rivers flow through this region. Major events of India's history took place here.

Delhi is India's capital and the home of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of Government.

Uttar Pradesh is a state in the Plains region of India. Here are nine of the most notable cities.

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 km from Delhi.

Madhya Pradesh is a state in the plains of India. The name "Madhya Pradesh" means "central region", and derives from its geographical position.

Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab, India. The name Amritsar name derives from the pool around the Golden Temple and means "holy pool of nectar".

Bihar is a state in Northern India. It lies on the Gangetic plain, with Uttar Pradesh to its west, West Bengal to its east, Jharkhand to its south and Nepal to its north.

Varanasi, once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi, is a historical city in northern India.

Punjab is a state in the northwestern India, bordering Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir to the northeast and north, and Chandigarh, Haryana and Rajasthan towards the southeast, south and southwest.

Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized.

Haryana is a state in northern India. Here are nine of the most notable cities.

Jhansi is a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. Jhansi was originally a hilltop fortress of the Maratha kings, built above a town then known as Shankargarh.

Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples.

Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, is situated on Malwa plateau.

Allahabad, one of the holiest cities in India, is in Uttar Pradesh. About 80 million people are expected to visit the kumbh mela- a record breaking gathering of people in Allahabad.

Nandgaon is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Mathura District in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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