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10 Vibrant Sights in India

Article by Raegan Johnson 06.14.2016

India is legendary for its swirl of colors. Not just the famous vibrancy of its palaces, paintings and sculptures, but also the mad kaleidoscope wherever your eyes land. Spices, bangles, saris, flowers, turbans, billboards — the brilliance is overwhelming. If you’re looking for a feast for the eyes, don’t miss these captivating and colorful sights.

1. Admire the pink hues in Jaipur

Pink is said to be the color of hospitality; Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city this hue in honor of the 1876 visit of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales. Residents are now required to maintain the color.    

Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

2.  Join a colorful processsion during Holi 

Each spring during Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, celebrants drench each other with bright neon powder and colored water in honor of Hindu god Krishna. Head to Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna, to see a tremendously colorful procession. 

Holi Celebration with neon powders and colored water

Holi celebration in Mathura City

3. Stroll through colorful Cubbon Park in Bangalore

If you find yourself in Bangalore, take a stroll in Cubbon Park, admired for its vibrant flowerbeds and shady bowers. Watch yoga practitioners and join a Laughter Club, whose members believe that a good chuckle is the best medicine.    

Cubbon Park in Bangalore, India

Cubbon Park in Bangalore

4. Join the Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata

Durga Puja is a celebration to honor the Mother Goddess. In Kolkata, you can take tours of many of the different celebrations, but don’t skip the one at College Square. The whole area is decked out in bright lights, which reflectively sparkle off a nearby lake. 

Durga Puja Is An Age-Old Hindu Traditional Festival Of India

The Durga Puja, a Hindu traditional festival of India

5. Explore shades of blue in Udaipur's City Palace

A swing built for a majarah commands a splendid receiving room at Udaipur's City Palace complex.  Built over a period of 400 years, the palaces' balconies, towers, and cupolas are embellished with mirrors, marble, murals and silverwork.

Interior of an Indian building with pale blue walls

Receiving room at Udaipur's City Palace

6.  Watch pastel sunrises on the Andaman Islands

Go scuba diving off the Andaman Islands to witness all the glorious underwater colors along the coral reefs. The natural surroundings are virtually untouched. Wake up early and head to the beach for an unrivaled pink and peach sunrise. 

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock in the Andaman Islands

Sunrise on Radhanagar Beach in the Andaman Islands

7. Photograph orchids and poppies that blanket the Valley of Flowers National Park

An explosion of vibrant orchids, marigolds, daisies and poppies blanket the Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand. It’s a kaleidoscope of color as far as the eye can see. 

Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand, India

Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand

8. Shop for colorful textiles in Pipili

In the eastern state of Odisha, in the village of Pipili, you’ll find shop after shop of stunning appliqué work. These textiles were originally created as temple art but are now used for household items and ceremonial purposes. 

Cushions and vibrant textiles from India

9.  Catch a colorful celebration of Indian classical dance in Hesaraghatta

Celebrated dancer Protima Gauri Bedi made it her mission to revive Indian classical dance. The town of Hesaraghatta is home to her Nrityagram Dance Village, where visitors can watch some of the country’s best dancers in a graceful compound of beautiful mud buildings, green trees and birdsong.    

Young Indian classical dancer in a traditional costume

10.  Pay a visit to the art of Living International Center

Northwest of Bangalore, the Art of Living International Center ashram combines spirituality, nature, colors and yoga. The focal point, a magnificent lotus-shaped edifice, invites meditation; linger late in the afternoon and you may meet founder and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.    


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