Places of Indian cultural heritage? Today, we bring you the best of India. India is a country supported by such rich cultures that are distinct in language, dressing, and everyday activities. “Unity in diversity” – these are not just words, but something that is highly applicable to a country like India which is incredibly rich in culture and heritage. The country is a treasury of art, philosophy, architecture, folk dances, flora, fauna and much more.
The culture, encompassing of music, folks, festivals, languages, cuisines is the best way to understand the incredible heritage of the country. To get close to this amazing heritage, you should visit the “Places of Indian cultural heritage”.
Top Places of Indian Cultural Heritage:
The experiences and photos that you will get by visiting these sites will make you adorn them. The perfect composition of languages, religions, and traditions are reflected in the blooming heritage of the nation.
These are some places where you can explore the Indian cultural heritage.
GANGTOK- The Queen of the Himalayas…
At a glance, you will not be able to see the serenity and spirituality hidden beneath its modern face. The presence of the Buddhist monasteries, religious institutes, Tibetan centers, and stupas are just a perfect composition. Covered in the clouds at an altitude of 5500 ft. above sea level, Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim.
Today, it is a very busy administrative and business center and presents an interesting mix of cultures and community. The deeper you go the more you will adore the rare aura reflecting a fusion of modernity and traditional customs.
What’s special: Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Phodong Monastery and Namgyal Institute of Monastery are some places of Indian cultural heritage.
A glance at city’s culture: For a bird’s eye view take a ride on the bi-cable Zig-back ropeway, take a walk in the Ridge Park. For skyline view of Gangtok, give a visit to Ganesh Tok.
LUCKNOW- The city of Nawabs
It is a city seeped deep into the history. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is ranked on top when it comes to the places to explore Indian culture and heritage. Its beautiful sprawling gardens, polite mannerisms, fine-cuisine, music and poetry (more likely Shayari), had found a patronage in this city. Lucknow’s buildings show different styles of architecture with many iconic buildings built during the British and Mughal era.
Lucknow is recognized for celebrating every aspect of life in the most vibrant ways. This city is famous for its history, painting, craftsmanship styles and kebabs. Many literary and performing arts have flourished here.
What’s special: Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Dilkusha Kothi, Oudhayana, Jama Masjid and British Residency Complex are the most popular places depicting Indian culture and heritage in Lucknow.
A glance at city’s culture: The structures of the city showcase the fine mixture of the Indo-Islamic and colonial era. Including the places mentioned above, some places to take a look at are Shah Najaf, Ram Krishna Math, Moti Mahal, La Martiniere, Chhattar Manzil and spend some time in trying out ethnic dishes.
VARANASI- The Mother of Hinduism
This place holds the position as one of the most sacred pilgrim centers for Hindus; you will never find Varanasi losing its glamour and appeal. The worshipping chant and the ringing bells sound completely synchronizing with each other to create a different world of godliness. Varanasi is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, but it can never be called a dead city.
It is the birthplace of famous Katthak dance forms and the seat of Hindustani classical music since ages. Varanasi is also a hub of fine arts like painting, the intricate fabric weaving, designing and the stitches are renowned as among the best in the world.
What’s special: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Manikarnika Ghat, Dhamek Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa and Gyanvapi Mosque.
A glance at city’s culture: Varanasi is considered as one of the most sacred places in India by the Hindus. This city with the consecrated river Ganga flowing through it makes the Ghats a very peaceful place to visit. Scindia Ghat, Jantar Mantar observatory, Sarnath and Man Mandir observatory are some places in addition to places mentioned earlier, where you can take a walk.
HYDERABAD – The city of Nizams
Established in 1951 by the Indo-Persian Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutab Shah, Hyderabad was ruled by Sultans, Mughals, and Nizams before becoming a princely state under the British Raj. The city’s architecture is richly influenced by all these cultures. It was historically a famous diamond and pearl trading center, where it got its popular name – the ‘’City of Pearls’’.
The pearl city of India is not only famous for its dazzling pearls, but also for its exquisite cuisine, landscapes and mostly for the rich cultural heritage it anchors. One can find a variety of Indian cultural heritage in Hyderabad.
And NEVER EVER EVER MISS OUT ON THE Nawabi Kebabs here…
What’s special: The first that comes to mind is Charminar, this is a prominent place in Hyderabad to visit. There are places as well like Golconda Fort, Hussain Sagar and Salar Jung Museum that are perfect for you to explore.
A glance at city’s culture: Religious places in Hyderabad include Birla Mandir, Makkah Masjid, Chilkur Balaji Temple and Keesaragutta Temple. Nizam museum is a must visit if you are a history lover; it presents paintings and other artifacts that highlight city’s rich heritage. A walk through Taramati Baradari, King Kothi Palace, and Chowmahalla Palace are also sites of attraction.
MYSORE – The Palaces of India
The historic settlement of Mysore is one of South India’s most enchanting cities, famed for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings. It is also rich in tradition with a deeply atmospheric bazaar district crowded with spice stores and incense stalls. It has been often called the Cultural capital of Karnataka.
Spectacularly built palaces and amazing museums make it one of the major heritage places in India. The myriad art galleries here showcase traditional paintings influenced by Mysore culture and Ganjifa art. Mysore silk sarees, Uduoi cuisine and Dussehra festivities are other highlights of the city’s rich cultural heritage.
What’s special: Mysuru Palace, Keshava Temple, Devaraja Market, Chamundi Hill, Brindavan Gardens, Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Museum Complex and Lalitha Mahal are places of Indian cultural heritage.
A glance at city’s culture: Travelers can visit Folklore Museum, Regional Museum of Natural History are some of the museums in Mysore that must be visited. One can also visit St Philomena’s Church, Mahabaleshwar Temple, and Rajendra Vilas.
10 Places of Indian cultural heritage that are enlisted in UNESCO as World Heritage Sites list:
1. Taj Mahal, Agra
2. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
3. Hampi, Karnataka
4. Ajanta caves, Maharashtra
5. Bodh Gaya, Bihar
6. Sun Temple Konark, Odisha
7. Hill forts, Rajasthan
8. Red Fort Complex, Delhi
9. Nalanda University, Bihar
10. Churches and Convents , Goa
So guys if you plan a trip to a place of Indian cultural heritage…..don’t forget to take your camera with you.
Abhishek Raushan, Intern Travel Blogger