India is a diverse country rich in different cultures, customs, traditions, languages, religions, festivals and history. Every state in India has carved its own cultural niche which makes it unique and varied as compared to any other culture in the world. To enlighten you with some of the cultures in India, here are a few of the best cultural destinations in India which you should plan your trip for:
Rajasthan, also known as the ‘Land of the Kings’ is famous for its architecture, with numerous beautiful forts, palaces, and pilgrim centers, carved beautifully by the Rajputanas. To have an insight of historical India and its diversity, one should visit different cities of Rajasthan to explore its rich culture.
From cities like Udaipur, which typically wins the heart of travelers with its majestic palaces and scenic lakes. The city is said to cast a spell to whosoever visits with its folk dance, music, and mouth-watering cuisines and what not!
Jaipur is one of the most popular cities known for Havelis, forts, Ghevar, textiles, and is also known as the Pink City. To experience the Rajasthani culture and activities, one should definitely plan a visit to ‘Chokhi Dhani’, a village resort.
Head over to see the Desert festival at Jaisalmer. A magnificent light and sound show and camel safari experience is undoubtedly the beauty of this colorful city. It is also famous for ‘Jooti’ (footwear) made of camel leather and silver ornaments.
Besides others, If you’re keen to taste the rich flavors of India in terms of spices, vegetables, textiles, and silver, then Jodhpur is one of the best places to procure these things.
The rich traditions of Tamil Nadu are deep-rooted in its culture and heritage.
Thanjavur, a quintessentially unique cultural city is a place of numerous festivals that celebrates its own art festivals. For the people who love art and culture, the exquisite paintings, Carnatic music, cultural events, and exotic cuisines are like an internationally acclaimed status.
A gateway to many temple cities and historical sites of Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirappalli is a blend of modernity and tradition. It isn’t just a travel destination, but an avid place for major temples. Festivals like Navratras, Bakri-Eid, Aadi Perukku, Christmas, Diwali, and Pongal are celebrated with great enthusiasm. The city is also known for its textile weaving and gem cutting.
Madurai is an ancient, energetic city that is the soul city of Tamil Nadu. One should definitely drop a visit to the famous Meenakshi Temple which is known for its glorious carved sculptures and also as the lifeline of Madurai. Bharatanatyam, Ottan Thullal, Krishnattam are some of the significant and popular dance forms. Dosa, Idli, Sambar, Pongal are some of the popular dishes which are known to be simple yet delicious.
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
The cultural ebullience offered by one of the oldest cities in the country, Varanasi is one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus in India. Lively ghats, a boat ride on River Ganges at sunrise and Ganga Aarti in the evening can uplift your experience of this beautiful city.
One of the major cultural, commercial and transportation center cities, Amritsar has greatly influenced the Punjabi literature in the Indian culture. Famous for the iconic attraction Golden Temple, this city is one of the best places to admire Indian culture and selfless devotion through temples and gurudwaras to soak-in the divine bliss.
An assortment of customs, traditions and rich culture, Fort Kochi is a little gem of Kerala. One of the favorite cultural destinations in India, there are amicable fishermen, bustling markets for spices and antiques, Jewish towns. It is also reckoned for martial arts and mesmerizing Kathakali dance which can repel your evening as memorable.
Mysore, the city of palaces, is famous for its exceptional artisanship, Mysore Pak, silk sarees and Mysore sandal soap. The famous Masala Dosa(South Indian cuisine) also started from here. Mysore Palace is a spectacular representation of high culture which lures tourists for a number of reasons.
Kept on the name of Lord Shiva, Bhubaneshwar is known as the ‘Temple City of India’. The city boasts of the rich culture and heritage famous for Odissi dance form, Kalinga Mahotsav, spiritual aura, seafood, scrummy sweets, silk and cotton fabrics and a lot more!
Well known for its diversified culture, Ahmedabad is India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City in Gujarat. It is famous for Dandiya Raas and Garba during Navratri; also famous for cotton textiles, diamond cutting and some of the most famous food like Khakhra and Dhokla. No doubt, the city is highly rich in their cultural traditions and the museums, lakes, and temples are worth exploring.
Kolkata (West Bengal)
Kolkata is rightly known as the cultural and intellectual capital of India. A city that embraces poetry, music, art, dance, films and a lot more. Classical dance and music are the two main streams of its cultural aspects. Rich in traditional cuisine, it is famous for its fish curry, rice, Rosogollas, Sandesh and a lot more things you can explore by visiting the city. Durga Puja is one of the most famous festivals for which people from all over the world come and celebrate it together as a carnival.
Visit these cultural destinations if you’re planning on a trip to see various cultural cities of India and get mesmerized by every detail of these cities.