A ravishing fusion of Bonjour and Namaste, the French Riviera of the East is more than what meets the eye. Under the French rule till 1954, you’ll see fragments of classic France dominating the city in all aspects.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, a perfect example of brilliant architecture is a sight to see. The brightly coloured buildings with huge walls will remind you of the Parisian residential structures. The authentic French cuisine blended in perfectly with the local cuisine, the food in Pondicherry is refreshing.
Pondy’s uniqueness lies in its exceptional merging of the Western and Indian culture. Renowned for having one of the best beaches in India, the city makes people never want to leave the place.
Lose yourself in the enigma and legends of Mysuru. Adding to the picturesque beauty of Mysuru, palaces and temples make it the zone of tranquility.
Mysore Palace, situated in the heart of Mysuru, has a blend of Islamic, Hindu, Gothic and Rajput architecture. Illuminated every Sunday, on national holidays and festivals like Dasara, it looks like magic with nearly a lakh lighted bulbs. Chamundi hills has the view of the entire city from top, where the Chamundeswari Temple stands tall. One of India’s oldest bazaars, the Devraja Market has astounding elements of ethnic Mysore art and craft. St. Philomena, a neo-gothic-style Church is a grandeur in itself, adding to the list of architectural masterpieces in Mysuru.
Mysuru’s brilliance comes from its sheer simplicity and attention to detail. Be it the palaces or a local market, it is made sure that each and every aspect boasts of how culturally affluent the city is.
From Hindu epics to the Mughal Sultanate, the city of Allahabad is a witness of India’s glorified past. The holy city of Allahabad has its own tales depicted through art, architecture, education and culture.
The architecture is a mixture of Indian and Mughal styles, with various temples and mausoleums making it a beautiful amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim culture. Sangam, the meeting point of the confluence of the three divine rivers of India, the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati is the crux of the Kumbh Mela. Mausoleums of the Jahangir family inside the Khusrao Bagh are testimony to the Mughal rule in India. The ancestral home of the Nehru family, Anand Bhavan, is now a museum consisting of the fragmented memories of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Allahabad’s story ranges back to the Ramayana and still continues to transform every day. The city has an important place in religion, history and modern politics.
A place that is more than Taj Mahal, Agra is a celestial city that reflects the regal era of the Mughal empire.
Without a doubt, the Taj Mahal is a spectacular work of architecture. Built on the banks of river Yamuna, this tomb of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Nearby Taj Mahal stands proudly, the majestic Agra Fort that was home to eminent Mughal emperors including Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. The ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar lies in the west of Agra, that used to be a short-lived capital of the Mughals. Splendid mosques like the Jama Masjid built in the 17th century are still in use.
Agra’s historical significance is gigantic as most of the monuments present in the city are renowned world heritage sights.
The humbling land of Sikh culture, Amritsar is an experience of a lifetime. Founded in 1577 by fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das, the city now divided into old and new, displays the transition of India from the 19th century to the 20th.
The Golden Temple, a symbol of sanctity in Sikhism is situated in Harmindir Sahib, celebrates the mingling of Indo-Islamic architectural styles. Guru-Ka-Langar in the Harmindir Sahib is a massive dining room where pilgrims come to eat. The historic Jallianwala Bagh has a 24-hour flame honoring the innocent victims killed in the massacre. Ram Tirath Mandir, a temple where it is believed that Valmiki wrote Ramayana and Lord Ram’s sons were born is a place of religious importance in Hinduism.
Amritsar’s serenity is unmatchable as the devotion to religion is one key aspect common here. With lip-smacking Lassi and Kulchas, the Amritsar food is a treat to the taste buds.