Are you planning to visit India? Well, the land of rich traditions and enthralling history awaits you. Come and experience the unmatched cultural exuberance in India which attracts travel aficionados from all over the world.
Here are some of the most popular cultural destinations in India.
1. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi is arguably one of the most sacred places in the world. The ancient city is a tableau of riverside ghats, monumental temples and colourful markets. Most importantly, Varanasi is kissed by the holy river Ganga and has a harmonious blend of religions including Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
Varanasi is known for its classical musicians and artistic sarees. The city is popular for the evening aarti at Ganga ghat – one of the most wonderful experiences that you don’t want to miss.
2. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Also known as the ‘Pink City,’ Jaipur is popular for its historical monuments, palaces and havelis. The capital city of Rajasthan is popular for its Bandhani work, block printing industry and Jaipuri razai.
One of the foremost attractions of Jaipur is Amer Fort which is 11 kilometres outside of the city. Amer Fort mesmerises visitors with intricate latticework and grand entrances. Other attractions of Jaipur include City Palace, Hawa Mahal and small bazaars.
3. Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Madurai exemplifies a rich cultural heritage which has been passed on over an era of almost 2500 years. It’s the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai that imparts a wondrous skyline of 14 colourful gateway towers (gopurams). As Madurai is the centre of Tamil language and top notch education, scholars from all around the world visit the city.
The Chithirai Festival in April is a celebration of Lord Vishnu and Meenakshi; millions attend the ceremonies and procession of the festival.
4. Kolkata, West Bengal
Kolkata is known as the cultural capital of India. Kolkata is famous all over the world for its literary heritage which is associated with the city’s tradition and culture.
To get a sneak peak of the city’s past, visit popular attractions like the Victoria Memorial, Writer’s Building and St. Paul’s Cathedral. For history buffs out there, make sure to visit Chandan Nagar – a former French colony that’s located 30 kilometres away from the city.
5. Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Critics acclaim that Bhubaneswar is one of the most popular natural sightseeing attractions in India. Be that as it may, the capital city of Orissa is also popular for its rich culture and art.
Bhubaneswar is home to various temples; the most famous ones are the 11th-century Lingraj Temple and 10th-century Mukteshwar Temple. You can also visit the Odisha State Museum which has indigenous Pata Chitra paintings, weaponry and Jain antiques.
6. Mysore, Karnataka
Mysore is another popular cultural destination in India. Mysore is also known as the City of Palaces and boasts of rich cultural heritage and glorious history. When you visit the city, make sure to tantalise your taste buds with Mysore Pak – a popular delicacy of the city.
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