From the south to the northern tip of the country, India is a nation dotted with regions and settlements that are windows to some unique and fascinating cultures. The ways of life and attitudes are truly interesting and transformative; there are ways of travelling which would take you beyond the place and deep into the heart of their culture.
A visit to these places is more than just a physical journey; rather, it is a transformation which pushes you towards a new direction as a person.
While Bengaluru is in the limelight for its IT industries, the nearby heritage city of Mysore is well known for its rich heritage and culture.
The Mysore Palace is truly a vision that must not be missed and the ever-charming Jaganmohan Palace, which now has been converted to an art gallery, is a must visit.
The city is home to quite a number of palaces, gardens, lakes and temples, which one should not miss when here.
It is disheartening to find that Ahmedabad does not make its place in the list of cultural destinations in the country.
Take a walk around the city and you would come across a number of havelis and other monuments which are worth visiting.
But wait! There is more in stores for you here - the Calico Museum, the Sun Temple in Modhera and the ancient stepwells of Patan.
Kerala offers a lot to any culture enthusiast. Fort Kochi is quite unique in its offerings. The place showcases a confluence of western influences into the native elements; the cultural atmosphere of the town is very laid-back but at the same time is aristocratic.
The Jew Town here is worth visiting along with the nearby market area, which sells almost anything from antiques to spices. At the beach one would come across Chinese fishing nets, which fringe the edges of the ocean.
Fondly called the city of joy, it is also the city which has a very rich modern history. Kolkata is home to the well-known Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the charming Writer’s Building, amongst several others.
30 km away from the city you would come across a French colony named Chandannagar, where you come face to face with some beautiful monuments, a riverside strand and fine architecture.
Varanasi has made its presence felt in the tourist maps and credit for this distinction goes to the esoteric sadhus here.
One would come across countless temples, colourful markets and ghats by the river Ganga, which is filled with pilgrims and tourists.
Go for a boat ride in the holy waters of Ganga and transport yourself to a bygone era as you make your way out through the narrow alleys of the town.