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Dancers in Rajasthan in red skirts and yellow turbans | © Mohammad Saiful Islam / Shutterstock
Dancers in Rajasthan in red skirts and yellow turbans | © Mohammad Saiful Islam / Shutterstock
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The Most Colourful Places You Need to Visit in India

Picture of Aditi Mukherjee
Updated: 27 September 2017
Through flora and fauna, architecture, bazaars and even entire cities, India’s culture is synonymous with colour, and some sites are downright kaleidoscopic. Here are the most colourful sites in India you need to visit and experience.

Dashashwamedh Ghat

Considered the holiest place in India, Varanasi has been a centre for religious customs and rituals for thousands of years. One of the most popular and grandest traditions is the evening prayer (aarti) at Dashashwamedh Ghat. This brightly colourful site attracts people from all over the world to witness minutely choreographed fire shows, dances and prayers.

Dashashwamedh Ghat | Raj Barua / © Culture Trip
Dashashwamedh Ghat | © Culture Trip

Valley of Flowers

Nestled in Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers National Park is famous for the varieties of flowers (many rare or endangered) occupying its 21,621-acre span. To see the beautiful valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in full bloom, visit between July and August.

The National Park is a UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves | © Vivek BR / Shutterstock
The National Park is a UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves | © Shutterstock

Choodi Bazaar

Choodis – bangles made of various colourful material like glass, plastic or stones – can be found at Choodi Bazaar, an area of the famous Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad. The several choodi shops (on the west exit of Charminar, the mosque built during the Qutb Shahi dynasty in 1591) gives the marketplace an unforgettable, dazzling look.

Laad Bazaar is in Hyderabad | © Cephas 405 / Wikimedia Commons
Laad Bazaar is in Hyderabad | © Cephas 405 / Wikicommons

Meenakshi Temple

The entire city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu was built around Meenakshi – a temple consisting of 14 gopurams (towers) – around the 16th century. Each temple and tower is intricately carved and painted in multitudes of colours, and the campus has about 33,000 sculptures total.

Madurai was designed around the Meenakshi Temple | © saiko3p / Shutterstock
Madurai was designed around the Meenakshi Temple | © Shutterstock

Holi in Vrindavan

Holi is a major Hindu festival, celebrated all over India with friends, families and neighbours gathering to smear colour on and soak each other in water. But Holi is best in Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, where clouds of vivid pigment, water fights and bhang are unique and blindingly colourful sights.

Holi in Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna | © Manish Jaisi / Shutterstock
Holi in Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna | © Shutterstock

Tawang Monastery

One of India’s most underrated beauties is Arunachal Pradesh, home to Tawang Monastery, the second-largest monastery in the world. Its remarkable architecture and superbly colourful interiors feature Buddhist imagery and countless intricate murals.

The colourful mural art in Tawang Monastery is spell binding | © Olaf Kruger / imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock
The colourful mural art in Tawang Monastery is spell binding | © Olaf Kruger / imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Jodhpur

Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful cities in the desert state of Rajasthan. The old part of the city was painted blue on Rah Jodha’s orders in the 15th century, and while no one really knows why, it’s still fascinating to walk the winding, narrow blue lanes near Mehrangarh Fort.

The old city in Jodhpur is entirely painted blue | Rhiannon / Pixabay
The old city in Jodhpur is entirely painted blue | © Rhiannon / pixabay

Kutch

Kutch, another desert in Gujarat, is home to tribal communities in which women wear the most gorgeously embroidered, colourful skirts and blouses with long stoles covering their head. Plus, both men and women wear tradition heavy jewellery.

Tribal women in Kutch wear extremely colourful and heavily embroidered clothes | © Eye Ubiquitous / REX/Shutterstock
Tribal women in Kutch wear extremely colourful and heavily embroidered clothes | © Eye Ubiquitous/REX/Shutterstock

Munnar

Munnar’s hills in Kerala are carpeted with lush green tea fields, and every 12 summers the valleys turn lavender when the Neelakurinji flower blooms abundantly. Visiting Eravikulam National Park is the best way to see the beautiful purple landscape.

The lavender carpet during full bloom of Neelakurinji flower is magnificent | weareaway / Pixabay
The lavender carpet during full bloom of Neelakurinji flower is magnificent | © weareaway / pixabay