10 most famous cultural travel experiences in India

Whenever the oldest civilizations of the planet are counted upon, India finds a place among them owing to its diversity and unity. But that’s not the only charm of the South Asian country. Besides, it is profuse in history, culture, traditions as well as art and crafts. A tour to this astonishing land is sure to make you fall in love with it head over heels.

Here, you can come across skilful paintings, classical dance forms, different forms of music, amusing theatre performances and even handcrafted arts. All these things will also enable you to gain insights into the vast history of the nation. India Culture Tour can be experienced in a better way by interacting with the locals, which will be an add-on to your knowledge of India. The cultural heritage of India can also be understood by joining in the fairs and festivals celebrated in different regions of the country with great pomp and show.

Destinations brimming with varied culture

The diversity can be looked at in any region of the country. But since India is so large in size, you may find yourself in a dilemma while picking up on a destination. So, here for your help, we are enlisting some of the most sought-after destinations of India will not only allow you to peek into the culture but will also let you enjoy your vacations in full swing.

1. Delhi: Heart and Soul of India

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The capital city of the country, Delhi is a must-visit place during a trip to India. Here, you can gaze at the historical monuments built centuries ago. The city is divided into two parts, namely Old Delhi and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, you can have a look at the Mughal architecture while in New Delhi, you will get a chance to gawk at all the imperial buildings.

Major tourist attractions

  • Red Fort
  • Jama Masjid
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Qutub Minar

Things to do

  • Shop in the local markets such as Sarojini Nagar, Janpath, etc.
  • Stroll down the streets of Delhi
  • Savor the street food dishes like Golgappe, BhelPuri, etc.
  • Enjoy the nightlife by hanging out with your friends in bars, clubs, etc.
  • Ride in Delhi Metro for hassle-free transfers.

Best time to visit

  • October and November or February and March

2. Bikaner: Desert City

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Reflecting the traditions and culture of the Rajput era, this city lures every history lover. Situated in the middle of The Thar Desert in the northwest part of the state, the city boasts of popular Camel Festival. The magnificent structures of the town depict the talent of the artisans and craftsmen. In this historic city, one can also catch a glimpse of the fusion of the Mughal and Rajputana architecture.

Major tourist attractions

  • Lalgarh Palace
  • Junagarh Fort
  • Bhandasar Jain Temple
  • Gajner Palace
  • Karni Mata Temple

Things to do

  • Feast upon the yummy delicacies like Kachori, Bhujia, etc.
  • Appreciate the collection preserved at museums such as Prachina Museum, Ganga Singh Museum, etc.
  • Pay a visit to the camel breeding farm.
  • Shop in the vibrant markets of Bikaner
  • Take joy in the festivities of the Camel Festival

Best time to visit

  • October to March

3. Udaipur: City of Lakes

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One of the most preferred cities of Rajasthan is Udaipur. It is an ideal destination to spend vacations with friends and family and in fact, it is also popular among the newlyweds. In addition to lakes, Udaipur is home to several forts, palaces and gardens which give information about the lifestyle of rulers to tourists. Serene surroundings and water bodies together make this city a perfect spot for a romantic vacation.

Major tourist attractions

  • Jag Mandir
  • Lake Pichola
  • City Palace
  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • Shilpgram

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Things to do

  • Capture the beauty of the beautiful city in your camera
  • Buy marble articles, terracotta items, etc. in Shilpgram.
  • Take a walk peeking into the heritage of the region
  • Enjoy sunset cruise with your better half on Lake Pichola
  • Hop the back of horse along the sloping regions of foothills

Best time to visit

  • September to March

4. Jodhpur: Blue City of Rajasthan

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Founded by Rao Jodha in the 15th century, this historic city is known for its splendid monuments and phenomenal beauty. Due to all the houses in the city being painted in blue color, the city has got its title of the Blue City. The city observes several fairs and festivals and is one among the most-visited cities of colorful Rajasthan.

Major tourist attractions

  • Jaswant Thada
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
  • Rai ka Bag Palace

Things to do

  • Catch the scenic views of the city through zip lining
  • Get familiar with the rural life by taking village safari
  • Havedinner in the desert
  • Take a cycle ride to explore the alleys of the city
  • Take delight in the local dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Mirchi Vada, Lassi, etc.

Best time to visit

  • October to March

5. Pushkar: Holy City of Rajasthan

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Known for hosting the world’s largest cattle fair, Pushkar is considered as the holy town of Rajasthan and has been featured in several Hindu mythologies as well. The town reveals interesting facts about the heritage and culture of the state. The town holds great significance in the lives of the Hindus as it houses the only temple dedicated to the Lord Brahma.

Major tourist attractions

  • Pushkar Lake
  • Lord Brahma Temple
  • Rose Garden
  • Varaha Temple
  • Man Mahal

Things to do

  • Take a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar Lake
  • Items like jewelry, apparels, handicrafts, etc. can be bought from the local shops.
  • Try your hands on an adventure of Camel Safari.
  • Be a guest at the world-famous Pushkar Fair.
  • Treat your taste buds with the exotic flavors of the Rajasthani cuisine.

Best time to visit

  • November to March

6. Jaipur: Pink City of Rajasthan


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The capital city of Rajasthan is bestowed with forts, mansions, palaces, etc. to delight the tourists. The famous city portrays the best of Rajputana architecture along with the heritage and traditions of the princely state. Besides catching sight of the ancient, you can also get all the modern amenities in this city. During your stay in Jaipur, you can luxuriate in the heritage or luxury hotels.

Major tourist attractions

  • Hawa Mahal
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Amer Fort
  • City Palace
  • SisodiyaRanikaBagh

Things to do

  • Take joy in the vibrant fairs and festivals
  • Get your hands on activities such as zip lining, body zorbing, quad biking, etc.
  • Get amused by being a witness of the puppet shows
  • Go on a trek in the company of your friends
  • Experience the thrill by riding in a hot air balloon

Best time to visit

  • November to March

7. Jaisalmer: Golden City of Rajasthan

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Settled in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is the holder of vast history in the form of wondrous architectural structures. This historic city is blessed with castles, mansions, forts, Jain temples and lakes. The city can be a pick of an adventure enthusiast as well.

Major tourist attractions

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Patwonki Haveli
  • Thar Heritage Museum
  • Bada Bagh

Things to do

  • Try activities like paramotoring, parasailing, etc.
  • Spend a night camping in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer.
  • Attend the cultural shows which include performances like folk music, belly dance, etc.
  • Enjoy dune bashing in the sand dunes riding in a four-wheeled vehicle.
  • Take delight riding in the boat at Gadisar Lake.

Best time to visit 

  • October to February

8. Varanasi: Spiritual Capital of India

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Located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is taken into consideration when the most visited cities of India are talked about. The city is believed to be a meeting point of life and death. It is often said that the one who visits this city, gets liberated from the incarnation cycle. People from all over the world throng this historic city due to its religious significance. It is a major pilgrimage site of the Hindus.

Major tourist attractions

  • Bharat Mata Temple
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Dashashwamedh Ghat
  • Manikarnika Ghat
  • Ramnagar Fort

Things to do

  • Take a holy dip in the Ganges River
  • Catch sight of the captivating views of sunset at the ghat
  • Join in the Ganga Aarti held at the Dashashwamedh Ghat during the evening
  • Buy silk sarees and beautiful jewelry from the markets such as Thatheri Bazar, Vishwanath Lane, etc.
  • Relish the lip-smacking dishes like TamatarChaat, PaniPuri, Banarasi Kalakand, etc.

Best time to visit

  • October to March

9. Agra- Seat of the Taj Mahal

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The pride of India, Taj Mahal lies in this historic city of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and tourists from all over the world visit India to admire the mesmerizing beauty of this architectural marvel. Not only it is an exquisite representation of the Mughal architecture but it is also a symbol of love. Besides this, Agra houses two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making the city choice of the tourists.

Major tourist attractions

  • Taj Mahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Agra Fort
  • Ram Bagh
  • Agra Museum

Things to do

  • Delve into the varied wildlife at Chambal River
  • Shop for ethnic items at Kinari Bazar
  • Enjoy the sumptuous Mughlai dishes like kebabs, chicken tikka, etc.
  • Seek spirituality at the Jama Masjid
  • Take a boat ride during the sunset in Yamuna River

Best time to visit

  • October to March

10. Amritsar: Abode of the Golden Temple

This marvelous city of Punjab is an important place for the Sikhs due to the presence of the imposing Golden Temple. Moreover, it is flocked by the tourists owing to its connection with the neighboring country Pakistan. The city also serves as a centre of the trade and tourism activities.

Major tourist attractions

  • Golden Temple
  • Wagah border
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
  • JallianwalaBagh
  • Partition Museum

Things to do

  • Shop for a wide array of products from the famous Hall Bazaar
  • Acknowledge the legacy of the Sikhs at the Central Sikh Museum
  • Inquire into the history by visiting Gobindgarh Fort
  • Reach out to the locals for more information regarding the history and culture
  • Satiate your hunger by eating at the local dhabas

Best time to visit

  • November to March

Conclusion

If history and culture interest you then you must not delay taking heritage and cultural tour to India. Brace up and embark upon a journey which will enrich you with the diversified culture of the country. It will be a trip full of excitement, thrill and fun.

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