India is a cultural heritage with so many culturally rich cities across the nation.
India is a very diverse nation and a home to numerous religions and cultures. With 29 states, the country has a vast variety of culture spreading in different parts of it. The states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are very rich in culture and people from all over the world come to visit the cities here.
So, if you are also someone who loves to explore different cultures, then here are the 11 cities which you must visit in India:
1. Varanasi: With temples in every lane of the city, Varanasi is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. While your visit, a boat ride in the Ganga overseeing all the ghats is a must. You can also visit other tourist places like the Buddhist pilgrimage- Sarnath. And your tour to Varanasi will be incomplete if you don’t try the lip-smacking street food like kachori sabji and makkhan malaiyyo.
2. Udaipur: Known as the ‘city of lakes’, Udaipur is one city where you need to go if want to visit a peaceful place. The must visits are the City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and Jagdish Temple. You also would not want to miss out on the Dal baati choorma and kachori, the famous local food on the streets of Udaipur.
3. Ahmedabad: This Gujarat city is where Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram is. Your travel plan must include a visit to Vechaar Utensils Museum which showcases the collection of antique utensils. And the Calico Museum of Textiles which will give you a splash of colours and fabrics from all around the country. Don’t forget to try the delicious Gujarati food including Dhokla and Khandvi.
4. Bhopal: From famous temples to famous mosques, the city has it all. Lakshmi Narayan temple, Moti Masjid and Taj-ul-Masjid are to name a few. You should also pay a visit to Gauhar Mahal and Sadar Manzil. If you are interested in embroidery, then you would also love to see the zardozi and zari work available in the city. And after a tiring day, the Kebabs of Chatori Gali will satiate your hunger.
5. Mysore: The ‘City of Palace’ will surely quench your thirst to see the royal and magnificent palaces. You have to start your tour with the Mysore Palace and you can also pay a visit to Jagmohan Palace and Lalitha Mahal. We recommend you to plan your trip in the days on Navratri (September-October) so that you can attend the extravagant Dasara festival of the city.
6. Jaipur: The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also known as the ‘Pink city’. From Hawa Mahal to Amer Fort to City Palace, there are numerous places that you can visit in the city. A must visit in the city is the Jal Mahal which is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Only the uppermost storey of the five-storey palace is visible when the lake is filled with water, making it look exceptionally beautiful. If you have a sweet tooth, then the sweet dish Ghevar is a must try here.
7. Kolkata: One of the metro cities of the country, Kolkata is very rich in culture. Victoria Memorial, which houses numerous artefacts and paintings, is one of the best places to visit in the city. Dakshineshwar Temple and Tagor House are also worth a visit. Spare some time in the evening to have a glimpse of the famous Howrah Bridge. Also, try the lip-smacking snack Jhalmuri, which is available in almost every street of the city.
8. Delhi: The capital city of the country is home to countless tourist spots like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate and the list goes on and on. Apart from these, you should definitely explore the popular markets of the city like Sarojini Nagar and Chandni Chowk. Do not miss out on the finger-licking parathas and chole-bhature in the Paranthewali Gali.
9. Hampi: Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is filled with ruins of ancient temples. Vijaya Vittala Temple, Matanga Hill Temple and Virupaksha Temple are just to name a few. One must also attend the Hampi Utsav or the Vijaya Utsav, which is graced by artists from all over the country.
10. Puri: Housing one of the famous chaar dhams, the Jagannath Temple, Puri is a very religious city. The famous Ratha Yatra of the city is a sight to behold. So, plan your trip accordingly. Other places to visit in the city include the Chilika Lake, Puri beach and the Sudarshan Craft Museum. You should also try the local street food in the nearby lanes of the famous temples.
11. Kochi: You will find a lot of Portuguese influence on the culture of Kochi. And if you are interested to have a close look at it, you should visit the Indo-Portuguese Museum. Fort Kochi and Hill Palace are also good to visit. One must take a boat ride in the backwaters seeing the fishermen catching fishes, while their stay in Kochi. You should also try the delicious sea food that the city offers.