A country so rich in art, history and culture, one can find many reasons to visit India. The country is home to many attractions, both man made and natural. If one plans to visit them all, it will take a lifetime, but for those who want to experience the beauty of India but have limited time, we suggest visiting these five places among others.
The story behind the name Pink City
makes many people shake their heads. In 1876 Jaipur was to receive a distinguished visitor, namely the Crown Prince Albert Eduard, the Prince of Wales. It was then decided not to spare any costs or efforts and to give the entire city a new coat of paint. And not in any color, no, it should be pink. Why this color exactly? The color pink is considered to be the color of hospitality in the state of Rajasthan and this is exactly what the city of Jaipur wanted to express. Even if the paint has faded a little by now, today’s old town of Jaipur still has a pink shimmer and is therefore known on everyone’s lips as the Pink City. In addition to the pink facades of the city, you will find numerous other sights in Jaipur. You will find out what these are in the following sections.
If you are ever in the Pink City, you should also pay a visit to the impressive Hawa Mahal, which translates as the Palace of the Winds. The Hawa Mahal can be found in the old town of Jaipur and is part of the huge city palace of the Hindu Indian ruler Maharaja. The pleasure palace is said to reflect the lavish lifestyle of the Rajput princes. The Hawa Mahal is a five-story building that is just five to eight meters deep. The facade is made of pink sandstone and is adorned with countless Jharoka. As Jharoka in Indian architecture, one refers to covered balconies or balcony bay windows. The actual balcony opening is barred as protection from outside views. In addition, the facade contains exactly 953 artistically decorated and barred windows that allow air to circulate and give the Palace of the Winds its name.
Another sacred place for all Buddhists is the place Sarnath, which you can find around 10 kilometers north of Varanasi. It is here that Buddha, Siddharta Gutama – the founder of Buddhism, is said to have given his very first sermon after he found enlightenment in Bodhgaya. The sermon was held in the deer park of Sarnath and is therefore also known as the deer sermon. Sarnath later became a Buddhist pilgrimage site and one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Buddhism. According to legend, King Ashoka once built 84,000 stupas, a Buddhist building, and numerous monasteries here. However, it remains only a legend. In Sarnath you can visit various Buddhist temples, two ancient stupas, numerous monastery ruins and statues, an archaeological museum and modern temples. One of the most popular sights in Sarnath is the Mulaghanda Kuty Vihara Temple, which is located in the famous Deer Park.
In the south of the state of Rajasthan in the Aravlli Mountains you will find the town of Udaipur. The city is one of the most visited on the Indian subcontinent. There are so many lakes in Udaipur that the city is already known as the Venice of the East. In total, Udaipur is surrounded by three artificial lakes. The most famous of all lakes is Pichhola Lake, which was laid out in 1362, with its four islands. On one island there is the Jag Niwas Palace, together with the Lake Palace, which is now a hotel. On the other islands are the palaces Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir and the Arsi Vilas. One of the most popular sights in Udaipur itself is the magnificent Maharajah Palace, in which the Mahrana of Mewar ruled until 1956. Today the palace is used both as a museum and as a hotel.
This beautiful city is known as “Manchester of India
” and just like Manchester city in the UK, it is a mix of both modern and historical architecture. Located in the state of Gujrat it is a hustling and bustling city full of art, culture and life. As a tourist one can find a ton of reasons to visit the city. For fans of art and literature one can find many great works of Rabindranath Tagore in Ahmedabad. For this, those wanting to experience the culture of India should visit when the annual festival of Navratri is happening as it is a spectacle to behold. But what attracts most people to Ahmedabad is the beautiful architecture, the city is home to many historical sites like Dada Harir Stepwell that was built in the late 15th
century and is a mixture of Islamic, Jain and Hindu style of architecture or one can visit Hutheesing Jain temple and marvel at its beauty.