Large and diverse, India is a country that brings to mind vibrant colours. A great place for lovers of life and photography enthusiasts, India’s people, landscapes, cities, food, festivals and attires all play a part into painting the country in beautiful and varied shades. Indeed, many of India’s cities have a colour-related word in their monikers.
The so-called Pink City of Jaipur offers up hues of pink, from light and dusky tones to deeper and rather romantic shades. Most of the buildings were constructed using pink stone, and some of the city’s most famous sites include Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, and the enormous and opulent City Palace complex. Amber / Amer fort is another highlight, and you’ll notice that even the local elephants have been painted in bright colours!
Nicknamed the Blue City, take a stroll around Jodhpur with your Indian tour guide and admire the dazzling blue buildings. Blue was once used to indicate social class, hence why all structures in this city at the edge of the Thar Desert were painted in tones of indigo, navy, royal, sky, and any other blue you can think of. Some of the city’s main attractions include Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jaswant Thada, and the man-made lakes of Kailana and Balsamand.
Gandhinagar is known as the Green City because of the abundance of lush parks and open spaces, and if you visit when the many flowerbeds are in bloom there are a riot of other colours to stand out against the greenery. The Kaas plateau in Satara is another terrific place to see plentiful vibrant blooms.
Monikers apart, cities town and villages from one border to the other entice with their colourful displays. Try the Ganga aarti at dusk in Varanasi, the colourful gopurams of the temples in South India, particularly the Meenakshi temple in Madurai and Sri Ranganathswamy in Srirangam. There are also the monasteries ranging from the Tawang Monastery in the northeast to the Namdroling Monastry, the flower fields of Kashmir and the mustard fields of Punjab
Other Indian destinations that are known for being particularly colourful and attractive include the colonial gem of Pondicherry, spiritual Varanasi, and Chennai.
A wander around any local Indian market will reveal many contrasting colours, be it on stunning saris, bindis, and bangles, aromatic spices, painted and glazed potteryand an assortment of handicrafts and arts.
Indians take jewelry very seriously, and whether you pause to admire a piece sparkling in a shop window or catch a glimpse of a person’s finery, the jewel-encrusted bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, anklets, and brooches can add joy to any outfit.
Take a peek at snack stalls anywhere in the subcontinent to soak up the colour and variety clashes in its cuisine. Indulging Indulge in a food fest in just the big metrosto get an introduction to the Indian palate; Bombay’s vada paostalls, Chennai’s idli and Mysore pak offerings, rainbow-coloured Indian dessertsin Delhi and “melt in your mouth”sweetmeats of Kolkata, . will give you a good idea of the colourful variety of the Indian palate.
Even Indian fruits run through the colour spectrum, with reds, greens, yellows, and various other shades represented by the likes of banana, guavas, orange, mangoes, strawberry, pineapple, plum, apricot, cherry, pomegranate, papaya, lime, and peach.
Almost every Hindu temple is aflame with bright colours, from the detailed figures of the gopuram (main tower) to interior statues of various deities. Many of India’s churches, mosques, Buddhist temples, and gurdwaras are filled with colour too.
For colour-fun mixed with religion and spirituality, check out Hazur Sahib in Maharashtra with its blue, red, and yellow flashes amongst the gleaming golden details, Meenakshi Temple and Kapaleeshwar Temple in Tamil Nadu, and Sri Ranganathaswamy in Srirangam.
Beemapally Mosque in Kerala is a striking vision of pink from the outside, whilst the vibrantly painted walls inside Santa Cruz Cathedral are sure to blow you away.
Perhaps India’s most famous festival, Holi is also known as the Festival of Colour. Celebrated in spring and rejoicing forto rejoicethe triumph of good over evil, participants revelerstake to the streets to cover anyone and anything in brightly coloured powders and dyed water. The aftermath is rather like a rainbow fell from the sky and exploded over everything! Tourourist guides in India recommend catchingYou can experience Holi all across India. Holi where it is celebrated best; in the northern states of India around Delhi, Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan and Haryana.
Holi isn’t the country’s only colourful event though. Kutch takes on a whole new appearance during the Rann Utsav Festival, with handicrafts filling the streets. ‘Diwali, celebrated by Hindus nationwide, features many colourful lights and lanterns. Watch as gigantic effigies are burnt during Dussehra, and married women smear vermillionon each other at Durga Puja. admire the lovely outfits worn in celebration of Janmashtami, see colourful floats paraded through the streets during the major Sikh festival of Gurpurab, visit Ladakh for Hemis and to be captivated by the costumes and masks, join in with the festivities for Onam in Kerala, complete with costumes, flowers, dancing, and art, and many more! Even a traditional Indian wedding is filled with colour!
From Bollywood, markets and clothing, to meals, fruits, spices, architecture, places of worship, and more, Indians reflect their love for vibrant and boisterous colours. go ahead and most colourful aspects that you can discover Enjoy and experience the glows and hues on your incredible Indian holiday!with tourist guides in India:
There really are so many ways to enjoy and experience the colours of India.