Cultural Tours of India

Hill Resorts In India
Each and every hill resort of India has its own sylvan surroundings and provides a rejuvenating retreat from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities of the country.

Northern India

  • Uttaranchal – Almora, Mussoorie, Nanital, Ranikhet
  • Rajasthan – Mount Abu
  • Himachal Pradesh – Dalhousie, Kullu Manali, Shimla
  • Jammu & Kashmir – Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Srinagar, Patnitop

Southern India

  • Tamil Nadu – Coonor, Courtallam, Ooty, Yercaud, Kotagiri & Kodaikanal
  • Kerala – Munnar
  • Andhra Pradesh – Horseley Hills
  • Karnataka – Kemangundi, Nandi Hills

Western & Central India

  • Maharashtra – Lonavla, Matehran, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani . Gujarat – Saputara. Madhya Pradesh – Panchmarhi

Eastern & North Eastern India

  • West Bengal – Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Mirik
  • Sikkim – Gangtok

North East India

  • Meghalaya – Shillong

Holy Shrines
The country abounds with holy shrines located on hills, plains and in the sea. It has 4 Dhams — Badrinath, Kedarnath (north), Rameshwaram (south), Dwarka (west) and Puri (East), 7 sacred cities and 12 Jyotirlingas. The Buddhist pilgrim centres are Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Sravasti and Kushinagar. The Jain pilgrim centres are Rajgir and Pawapuri. Hindu centres like Thirupathi and Pazhani and the stunning Golden Temple for the Sikhs, in Amritsar.

Gardens
Huge sprawling and finely manicured gardens have always been a part of historic India wherein the gardens were chiefly associated with major cities. Beautifully laid, they were primarily influenced by the architecture of the buildings that surrounded them. Some of the best known are in the start of Rajasthan, which is famous for its unparalleled magnificence in architecture. India also boasts of some of the most beautiful gardens such as the Mughal Gardens, the Rock Garden and innumerable others that are truly bewitching in their beauty.

Delhi Mughal Gardens, Lodhi Gardens
Jaipur Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Vidhyadhar ji ka Bagh
Bangalore Lal Bagh, Cubbon Bagh
Mysore Vrindavan Gardens
Chandigarh Rock and Pinjore Gardens
Srinagar Shalimar Gardens

Museums & Art Galleries
A storehouse of history and culture, India has inherited a bounty of artefacts and monuments symbolizing cultural and historical heritage. Its museums offer -a glimpse into its past, often spanning a history of five thousand years under one spacious roof. The country has more than 200 museums. Three of the major ones are:
National Rail Museum, Delhi – This museum depicts 130 years of evolution and development of the Indian Railways. On view are vintage locomotive engines, especially the Fairy Queen, the oldest preserved locomotive in working order (built in 1855) and the Patiala Monorail Tramway (1907-27), which is internationally unique.
Crafts Museum, Delhi –The Crafts Museum complex is a charming oasis of mud, huts with painted trails and thatched roofs, courtyards, and terracotta houses recreating village life. Also craftsmen can be seen at work, adding to the rural ambience of the place.
Within the museum itself are examples of traditional Indian crafts, wooden carvings and images and metalware.
Prince of Wales Museum Of Western India, Mumbai – The Prince of Wales Museum was designed and built to represent the ancient and medieval architectural style of western India. The basalt stone structure with its large central dome inspired by the Bijapur domes and beautiful gardens are set in a crescent shaped piece of land.
The art section at the museum has a collection of Indian paintings representing many different styles and phases. The collection presents the evolution of painting in India, ranging from the 11th and 12th century illustrated palm leaf manuscripts to early 19th century Pahari paintings. Exquisite examples of all the main schools of miniature painting are on view, Rajput, Mughal, Pahari and Deccani. It is obvious that the fine excellence of the Mughal and Rajasthani schools from 16th to 19th century, emerged out of several past influences, indigenous Indian as well as Persian, Turkish and central Asian.
Other major attractions are:

Delhi –National Museum, Crafts Museum, National Rail Museum, National Museum of Natural history, INA Museum, Red Fort
Mumbai – Prince of Wales Museum of Western India.
Bombay Natural History Society.
Kolkata Indian Museum,Victoria Memorial Museum
Chennai Fort St. George Museum.
Jaipur Central Museum (Albert Hall), Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Museum of Indology. Ahmedabad Calico Museum of Textiles, Utensils Museum.
Hyderabad  Salarjung Museum.
Thanjavur Thanjavur Art Gallery.
Daman Shell Museum.


Caves
India has some of the most magnificent caves which are monuments of immense archaeological value and are as follows:

Andhra Pradesh – Bora Caves
Jammu & Kashmir — Amar Nath, Vaishno Devi
Karnataka — Badami, Yana
Maharashtra — Ajanta / Ellora Heritage Site, Elephanta Heritage Site Karla, Bhaja, Kanaheri, Pitalkhora Pandavieni
Orissa — Udaigiri, Kanaheri
Tamil Nadu – Mahabalipuram
Madhya Pradesh – Bhimbetka
Kerala — Eddakkal, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Caves
Meghalaya – Krem Mawmluh Cave

Forts
With magnificent and mammoth forts the country has many eloquent reminders of a bygone era of princely kingdoms and their defence systems and now part and parcel of India’s rich cultural heritage.

Andhra Pradesh – Golcunda, Wrangal, Soan, Raidurg
Arunachal Pradesh — Ita Fort
Bihar — Rohtas Garh, Munger, Palamau
Daman & Diu — Fort of Moti, Diu Fort
Delhi — Red Fort, Tuglakabad
Tamil Nadu — Gingee, Vellore
Uttar Pradesh — Agra Fort, Chunar Fort
Karnataka — Belgaum, Bidar, Srirangapatnam
Kerala —Bekal, Palakkad, Mattancherry
Madhya Pradesh — Gwalior, Jhansi
Maharashtra — Sindhudurg, Bassein, Murud / Jinjira, Daultabad
Rajasthan — Amber Jaipur, Nahargarh — Jaipur, Jaigad — Jaipur, Jaisalmer
Fort, Mehrangarh, Jonagarh, Kumbalgarh

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