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Cultural Treasure Cities of India

India has thousands of cities, together they form a union, which is treasure of culture, tradition and it's rich and diverse heritage. These cities are more of ingredients which have their own distinctive properties and contributions in making this land – India!

We look at a few cities, what they are famous for and how they have helped in shaping this great country.

Delhi:The capital of several dynasties, empires and that of today’s India. The city’s rich and diverse culture and heritage is a witness and a result of those that have called it home and have left an ever- lasting impression. From the large Jama Masjid, which is not only one of the largest mosques in India but also an epitome of Mughal Architecture at its best. The culinary options which are dominated by the recipes handed over by the Mughals is a globally loved. Lutyen’s Delhi or New Delhi as its called, the power center of India, which hosts the symbol of Indian democracy – The Parliament and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, too is worth mentioning.

Jama Masjid in Delhi Image Credit - Wikipedia

Varanasi: One of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is a decadent tableau of multiple temples, riverside ghats, colorful markets and saffron-clad sadhus. The meandering Ganga river adds to its holiness and its tiny alleys in the old town along with its rich local delicacies makes this city special in several ways. The Ganga aarti, which is truly an uplifting experience – with pealing bells, chants, fire and incense is an experience for which words may fall short.

Munshi Ghat in Varanasi Image Credit - Wikipedia

Udaipur: Ranked as by many travel journos and researchers as one of the most culturally rich cities of the world, Udaipur is no less that a city from a fairy-tale. The City Palace Complex with the Jag Mandir in the centre of the lake adds to the beauty of this experience.

Udaipur jag mandir india

Madurai: Also known as the Athens of the East, this city is a cultural jewel. With imprints of civilizations that can be traced back to several centuries, this city is a must visit, if you are a cultural treasure seeker. The towering gopuram of the Meenakshi Temple, decorated with detailed carving leaves a humbling effect on its visitors.

madurai meenakshi amman temple india Image Credit - Wikipedia

Kanchipuram: One of the most famous cities of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram was known in early Tamil literature as Kachi or Kachipedu but was later Sanskritized to Kanchi or Kanchipuram. According to legend, the name Kanchi is derived from Ka referring to the Hindu god Brahma and anchi, referring to his worship of Hindu god Vishnu at this place. Famous for its silk sarees, Kanchipuram saris woven with heavy silk and gold cloth are considered to be special and are worn on occasions and festivities.

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