Jaipur is commonly known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its stunning buildings which were originally painted in pink with the intention of reflecting the beautiful Mughal cities’ typical red sandstone architecture. Jaipur is also the biggest city in the state of Rajasthan, and its capital. Together with Agra and Delhi, Jaipur is part of the famous Golden ‘Triangle’ which attracts thousands of Indian and international tourists every year. The most-visited sites include the mesmerizing City Palace, a couple of impressive Rajput forts and the many temples.
Varanasi is one of the most beautiful, historical and spiritual cities in Northern India. The first settlements date back to the 11th century BC, making it one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. It is a sacred place to both Hindus and Jains. Varanasi is also home to a varied range of vendors, sadhus, entrepreneurs, priests, pilgrims and families. What brings them together is their deference and dependence to the stunning river Ganga. The scenes of devotion that travelers can witness in the river set against the backdrop of some of the most stunning temples, especially at sunrise, are certainly some of the most impressive in the world.
Most famous for its stunning lakes, forts, temples and palaces, Udaipur is a city located in the state of Rajasthan which is certainly not to be missed. Lovers will be delighted to hear that this is a city filled with endless romantic sceneries and beautiful gardens. Over the years, it has been a favorite setting for many movies, including Octopussy; the 13th movie of the James Bond series. Udaipur is also a very colorful city as locals opt to wear bright colors, and colorful fairs and festivals happen all year long.
In one of the latest surveys, Bangalore was established as India’s most livable city. In the past, it used to be referred to as the ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’ and the ‘Garden City of India’ because of the large green spaces available across the city. The city has now developed and become a much larger and cosmopolitan city with less green spaces as a consequence. However, it still has enough to make it one of the most beautiful cities in India. Moreover, lush green forests are still to be found in the outskirts. Bangalore is also the main center of the IT industry, commonly known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’.
It is true that Delhi is the capital of India, home to the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of the Government. But Delhi is much more than that. It is a cultural hub – a large metropolis with many arts and culture-related activities to offer. It is also a center for fashion and gastronomy. Travelers can head there for the best dining experiences and nightlife, but also for sightseeing as the city is home to some of the most stunning temples, mosques and forts. These include the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the Baha’i Lotus Temple.
Chennai is a beautiful city serving as the main gateway to the South of India. It has a distinct culture based on Tamil traditions which are indigenous to the area. Essentially, it revolves around the celebration of beauty through sculptures, music, arts, dances, and clothing. The city is at the same time a somewhat traditional and somewhat modern Indian cosmopolitan city with a very diverse population. The architectural landscape, for example, comprises beautiful ancient temples just as much as modern high-rises. Besides the thriving local arts and culture scene which attracts tourism, Chennai is also an important medical tourism destination.
Located in Southern India, Mysore is by far one of the most well-planned cities in India, the second cleanliest countrywide and the cultural capital of Karnataka. Locals there are known for being helpful and extremely peaceful. With a history that dates back 1000 years, Mysore is both old and new. What Mysore is most famous for is its yoga centers. Ashtanga yoga even originated in Mysore. To find the best yoga schools, the Gokulam suburb is your best bet. The area is home to the most renowned schools, including the famous S.K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.
Without doubt the most-visited city in India, Agra is home to the most beautiful and revered architectural symbol of the country, but also a symbol of love, namely the Taj Mahal. This stunning marble mausoleum with a pretty white dome is part of the Seven Wonders of the World. Surely, a visit to India would not be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. In addition to the Taj Mahal, Agra also has two other UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, which are also worth a visit.
A shocking and charming city to the unsuspecting traveller with an ‘in your face’ type of feeling, Kolkata is the type of place which you either love or hate. But regardless of your affinities to the city, it is one that you never forget. It is a city of contrasts where extreme poverty meets with run-down but beautiful British Raj period gems, historical colleges and stunning gardens. Kolkata has been long known as the country’s cultural capital, and continues to be home to some of the best poets, film producers, writers and Nobel Prize winners.
Located along the sea, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan metropolis of India once known as Bombay. It is also the biggest city countrywide, one of the most important port cities, and, without doubt, the commercial heart of India. The eclectic nature of the city is most visible in the presence of Bollywood – the hub of Hindi TV and film industries in the country which attracts a worldwide audience. Mumbai is also a beautiful city with endless sights of interest. Built in 1911, the Gateway of India is today the symbol of Mumbai.