As old as civilization, Indian culture is an amalgam of eras, colours, traditions, beliefs and more. The cultural aura at various holiday destinations in India conveys the diversity and the richness of the country. Besides the beautiful beaches, hills, wildlife, backwaters, desert, cities, impressive architecture and more, there a number of cultural places in India that offer an unforgettable experience.
Here is our list of some of the best places in India to experience the culture of the country
When you are at the oldest city in India, Varanasi, you are surely in for a cultural holiday like never before. In fact, the city along the holy River Ganga is among the oldest cities in the human civilization. Ancient temples, secret alleys, palaces, mansions, river ghats, and the holy ambiance make Varanasi one of the must-visit pilgrimage destinations in India.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Varanasi
The royal capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is among the best holiday destinations in India that lure with its colorful culture. Fondly known as ‘Pink City’, the city has much to offer. Besides, regal architecture, massive forts, royal palaces, museums, there is shopping, colorful shows, dining and more. Stay at the some of the best heritage hotels in India in the city to have a memorable experience.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Jaipur
Moving on, Madurai is one of the most prominent cultural holiday destinations in India. Dating back to 2500 years, lying beside the River Vaigai, Madurai is undoubtedly is the soul of culture of Tamil Nadu. Owing to the multiple ancient temples, the title of “City of Temples” suits best. Marvel at the colorful artistic carvings while you get blessings. The traditional food is a must try, while the same goes for shopping.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Madurai
The fascinating capital city of India, Delhi truly deserves to be among the best places in India for cultural holidays. A testimony to eras and cultures, the city has much to keep you busy. While there are amazing architecture marvels from almost every period of history including the UNESCO World heritage sites; delicious food, stay at heritage hotels, and shopping add to the thrill.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Delhi
Among the favorite holiday destinations in India, Kerala has an unbeatable position. Besides, beauty beyond words, the south Indian state has 5000 years of history to boast about. Over the years, royal kingdoms as well as travelers from foreign lands have equally contributed towards the culture. Equally important is the attachment to nature, eco-friendly living as well as the bliss holistic science of Ayurveda.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Kerala
Rajputana culture is an integral part of Indian culture, therefore our list comprise Udaipur- the former royal province of Mewar. Besides its status as one of the most romantic places in the world, it is among the most cultural places in India. Royal hospitality, colorful arts, crafts, religious traditions in addition of incredible sightseeing makes your holiday in Udaipur truly memorable.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Udaipur
The ancient capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar is a cultural treasure. The many olden temples, in fact 700 temples have granted it the title of “City of Temples”. The olden days of royal kingdoms are fondly preserved. Trace the roots Buddhism. Marvel at the tribal culture, their arts and crafts. Spend your holiday in Bhubaneswar exploring monuments, shopping, taste of local food and festivals.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Bhubaneswar
The testimony to the glorious days of the past, Hampi is simply perfect for cultural holidays in India. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the town of ruins of the former Vijayanagara Empire. While time has ravaged the town, the beauty nor the charm is lost. Explore what is left of the erstwhile royal kingdom. Ponder over the bygone days gazing at the languid Tungabhadra River.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Hampi
Moving on with the list of the best cultural destinations in India, we come back to one of the most interesting places in Rajasthan. Jodhpur famous as ‘Blue City’ has a fascinating heritage. The mighty Mehrangarh fort overlooks the town, while the nook and corners have many takes of the old. Temples, villages, markets and more steal your hearts.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Jodhpur
Owing to a number of ashrams, unrivaled serenity and sacred river Ganga, no doubt Rishikesh makes for a cultural holiday destination in India. The serenity prevailing in the town lends a divine aura. Chanting of hymns, performing of various rituals and visiting innumerable temples offer matchless experience. Practice the satvik way of living by relishing vegetarian food.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Rishikesh
One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, Ujjain flaunts historical legacy whose cultural impact is still prevailing here. Home to Mahakaleshwar Temple, the holy abode of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the city lure ardent devotees from everywhere. Head to the ghats of River Kshipra to feel the gist of the city.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Ujjain
Showcasing the cultural diversity of North and South India, Mahabalipuram should be your next cultural holiday destination. Boasting of Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town lures history and architecture lovers alike. From architecture, cuisines to traditions, everything exudes its own charm.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Mahabalipuram
Famed as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’, Kolkata truly deserves to be one of the top cultural destinations in India. A potpourri of age-old traditions, rich culture, artistic heritage together with literary wealth, the city is blissful beyond words. From food, festivals, books, music, sports, festivals, film etc., the destination is a delight for a cultural aficionado. Innumerable monuments clearly showcase the imprints of the British dominated past of the city.
Highlights of Cultural holidays in Kolkata
A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, experiencing adventures, exploring heritage and culture tours, and tasting local cuisine. If you are planning your cultural holiday to India, follow her write-up.
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