There can be endless reasons that describe why a person travels? To explore the well-known attractions of a tourist destination, to take a break from routine, to meet new people and try good food. India is a phenomenal travel destination and is known for its rich and exotic culture plus its history is also as interesting as the numerous places that you can explore from anywhere in India. It doesn’t matter if you are on a short trip or long trip; there are tourist spots everywhere that fit the bill for cultural holidays in India. So here’s our pick of the top 10 cultural holiday destinations in India for your kind perusal.
Evening Aarti at Ganga Ghat
Formerly known as Kashi, Varanasi is the holiest place in the world. It is believed that the city was founded by the Hindu deity ‘Lord Shiva’ himself. Here you can find scores of temples, riverside Ghats, colorful markets and saffron clad Sadhus. The city is also associated with Buddhism and Jainism which beautifully reflects in the Buddhist Stupas and Jain Temples located here. The city is dotted with numerous temples, Ghats and ashrams. In the evening, make sure to attend the Ganga Aarti, which is truly an uplifting experience.
Puppet Show at Udaipur
Located in the state of Rajasthan, Udaipur is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in India. The best way to explore the Lake City of Udaipur is via taking a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The city is often referred to as the ‘Romantic City of India’ due to the romantic ambience created by its elegant palaces and lovely lakes. Udaipur is a perfect choice for luxury holidays in India and never fails to impress tourists with its elegant palaces now converted into heritage hotels. Here you can visit the waterside Bagore ki Haveli at Gangaur Ghat, a 100 room palace, several courtyards and glorious frescoes.
Nahargarh Fort at Jaipur
The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur resounds with the royalties and glories of the raja-maharaja era. The city is internationally known for its rich cultural heritage, palaces and forts. If you are inclined towards experiencing the lifestyles of the raja-maharajas of the bygone era, you must plan a trip to Jaipur. Most of the royal structures have been transformed into heritage hotels to give you a real flavor of Rajasthan.
You can also book Royal Rajasthan Tour to know about the glory of Indian Rajas and Maharajas.
Victoria Museum in Kolkata
Formerly known as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’, Kolkata is the capital city of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata has a vibrant culture famous for its revolutionary history and the raging human sacrifices for the Indian Struggle for Independence. Kolkattans, especially the Bengalis, are often mocked for their love of maach-bhaat (rice & fish curry). Quite naturally, food features on the list of this city. The city is a hub of literature, theatre, art, poets, writers and Noble Prize Winners. Some of the popular attractions in Kolkata include Victoria Museum, the jewel of Kolkata, Nethaji Bhavan, historic Eden Gardens and Shaheed Minar.
One of the commercial hubs and sixth largest city in Gujarat, Ahmedabad welcomes thousands of people every day mainly for business purposes rather than tourist activities. There are many places that are worth visiting here that have historical importance. Some of the places of interest in Gujarat are Gandhi Ashram, Bhadra Fort, Kamala Nehru Zoo, Auto World Vintage Car Museum and Kankaria Lake. The city is a paradise for food lovers and has many restaurants & sweet stalls in every nook & corner. Guajarati’s are known to have a sweet tooth and delicacies such as Mohanthal, Srikhand and Basundi and Malpua are particular favorites here.
Lalitha Mahal Mysore
Also known as the ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore is a popular tourist destination in South India. The place is renowned for its majestic buildings, grandiose palaces, shimmering silk & sandalwood and well-laid gardens. Rich history and heritage of the Wodeyar dynasty is reflected through these monuments, palaces, festivals and temples. The town is known for its beautiful silk saris, sandalwood products, agarbattis, rosewood carved articles and the delicious Mysore Park.
South Indian Food
Also known as Cochin, Fort Kochi is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Kerala. Kochi has a prominent place in the Indian history from the times when people started trading in spices with other countries. Kochi could be said as a cluster of islands and main land all connected by bridges and ferries. The festivals like Christmas and Cochin Carnivals are conducted in winter season and so visiting the place in winters is really good. Some of the interesting places to visit in Cochin include Chinese Fishing Nets, Hill Palace Museum, St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace and Paradesi Synagogue.
Moti Mosque in Bhopal
Noted for its artificial lakes, Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. There are many educational institutions and corporate organizations located at this place. It is the quintessential ‘Sleepy Indian Town’ with its narrow gullies. It is a slowly developing city and known for its arts and culture. The beautiful landscape of Bhopal is dotted with many natural lakes. Bhopal tourism depends almost entirely upon its huge lakes and its ancient culture.
Bhubaneswar & Puri
Home to several ancient temple, Bhubaneswar is a prominent hub of art and culture and equally famous for its temples and natural sightseeing places. Bhubaneswar is home to more than 700 temples. The 10th century Mukteshwar Temple and 11th century Lingraj Temple complex are two prominent temples in Bhubaneswar. Then there’s this seaside temple of Jagannath in Puri, where the Rath Yatra is worth watching. The Sun Temple at Konark is the most elaborately carved temple in Orissa, just 35 kilometers away from Puri.
Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli & Madurai
Rock Fort Temple in Tiruchirappalli
The heritage of Tamil Nadu is well-reflected through its temples and is certainly amongst the top 10 cultural destinations in India. You can visit the Rock Fort Temple in Tiruchirappalli, the Brihadeshwara Temple in Thanjavur as well as the Thanjavur Maratha Palace. In Madurai, you must visit the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple complex that brings awe from its spectators.
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