Culture & Heritage

The various historical developments have largely influenced the heritage and culture of India. Everyday life, architecture and literature are a manifestation of different influences over the ages. As a result, India's culture and heritage are diverse and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a list of heritage and cultural journeys that you must take.

Within India

Andhra Pradesh

The Charminar Walk, Hyderabad

Best time to visit: October- March

Since 1591 the majestic Charminar mosque has been the most iconic monument of Hyderabad and is synonymous with the rich history and heritage of Hyderabad. The monument is the grand centrepiece of the old city and sits as the backdrop to the city’s incredible culture, and it’s fantastic food and crafts. As you weave your way through the busy, colourful streets of the old city, you're transported back to the bygone era of the Nizams. Take fabulous photographs, eat fantastic food, and see the lovely traditional handicrafts (lac bangles, zardozi embroidery work) — experience Hyderabad's heritage and its street life. Walk by the well-known monuments and landmarks around the Charminar: begin with the Charminar, then move on to see the Mecca Masjid, Lad Bazaar, Shahi Jilu Khana, Mehboob Chowk Clocktower, Homeopathy hospital, Metal market, Chowk mosque, Abdarkhana, Asman Jah deodi, Khurshid Jah deodi, Iqbal-ud-daulah deodi, and then finally the Chowmahalla Palace where you can stop to see the Museum.

Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow

Best time to visit: April - June

Situated in what was generally known as the Awadh district, Lucknow has dependably been a city of different societies. As per one legend, the city is named after Lakshmana, a saint of the old Hindu epic Ramayana. Indeed, the capital of Awadh was controlled by the Delhi Sultanate under the Mughal lead and was later exchanged to the Nawabs of Awadh.

Lucknow, alongside Agra and Varanasi, is one of the three urban areas in the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc which is a chain of study triangulations made by the Government of Uttar Pradesh to support tourism in the state. Lucknow was one of the significant focuses of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and effectively took an interest in India's autonomy development, rising as a deliberately critical North Indian city. The extraordinary blend of its refined beauty and the recently obtained pace is its most encouraging element that betokens well for what's to come. Be it the social appeal or the stupendous one; all are very much rationed here to make Lucknow, 'The city of numerous wonderful qualities'. Strolling through the paths and by-paths of Chowk and Aminabad one discovers Lucknow of yore. The tehzib (mannerism) is as yet conspicuous and a theme of extraordinary appreciation. Dress structures, however, have changed perceptibly in the range of a century, yet the excellence and magnetism of Chikan - the mind-boggling and fragile hand weaving, leads the closet.

 

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

Best time to visit: November to February

Mylapore is one of the most established private neighbourhoods of Chennai and is known as the social centre of the city. Mylapore's tree-lined roads are home to exquisite old-style houses, wonderful sanctuaries, places of worship, mosques, dynamic music corridors and a portion of the best schools in Chennai. Go out for a stroll to the perfect Kapalesswarar Temple, the delightful focal sanctuary tank, the tranquil and sprawling Sri Ramakrishna Mutt and the ever dynamic Music Institute. At that point, ensure your way through tight, intriguing paths that are occupied with foods grown from the ground dealers, blossom merchants and small old shops pitching pretty much anything- from gems to silk to homegrown oils and powders to fascinating neighbourhood specialities and product to music and religious memorabilia. Once you've completed your walk, you can shop at Saravana Bhavan to make the most of Chennai's renowned espresso and bites.

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

Best time to visit: November to February

The Manek Chowk Walk

Ahmedabad Manek Chowk is Ahmedabad's biggest, busiest, most colourful and wonderfully chaotic market — not to be missed! It has lovely jewellery, fantastic food items, gorgeous textiles, and of course plenty of fruits and vegetables. Walkthrough this splendid market and experience it all from morning to evening. A must-do is the Rani no Hajiro which is known as the "ladies market" that sells all kinds of things, from costume jewellery to wedding trousseaus to knick-knacks. Take a 2-hour stroll through the Secretariat zone to see the fabulous structures and delightful patio nurseries that are synonymous with Bengaluru. Likewise, visit the State Museum and the Venkatappa Gallery.

Punjab

Amritsar

Best time to visit: November and March

Set up in 1774 AD by Guru Ram Das, Amritsar city is a historic hub. For most travellers, Golden Temple represents everything the city brings to the table, however, there is significantly more to explore here. For a history enthusiast, the legacy stroll through the old piece of the city is a disclosure as you will be awed by the lovely paths, houses and people that exist here. ‘Heritage Street’ walk is the best thing you can do to explore this 400-year-old city. Beginning from the old Town Hall Building that now houses the Partition Museum and goes towards Jallianwala Bagh till the Golden Temple, this one-kilometre stretch covers all the iconic points of the city. You can soak into the sacredness of the Golden temple and feel the weight of history as you stop to gaze at the bullet-riddled walls, the well into which many women jumped, all of which have been preserved in Jallianwala Bagh to honour the memories of the innocent victims of the brutal 1919 massacre when General Dyer ordered his troops to fire mercilessly at the people gathered for a peaceful meeting on Baisakhi. Located in the beautiful 19th-century Town Hall building, the Partition Museum is intended as a living, evolving people’s museum, built on the strength of their own contributions, ranging from monetary assistance, clothes, letters, swords, jewellery, family heirloom, recorded audio-visual narratives, refugee camp registration cards, paintings and even research assistance. As you explore the space, you’ll unearth fascinating details of how India Partition came to be, the back-channel political discussions that sealed the fate of cities like Lahore and districts like Gurdaspur. Listen to the heart-wrenching accounts of survivors, volunteers at refugee camps in places like Ambala, Kurukshetra and Delhi and witness the beautiful homage to cross-border friendships that have survived.

Kerala

Kochi

Best time to visit: October to February

In ancient times, Kochi (Cochin) was the hub of the spice trade in the Indian Ocean, and for many centuries, large ships carrying traders and travellers – the Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs, and the Chinese – sailed to this beautiful port city to do business. From the 15th century onwards, Kochi was colonised first by the Portuguese, then the Dutch, and eventually by the British — till 1947, when India got her Independence. The incredible legacy of Kochi's diverse, unique and rich history, culture and heritage can be seen in the influences in Fort Kochi. Exploring the old quarter of Fort Kochi on foot is the best way to experience it. Take a walk to, The St Francis Church (India's oldest European Church) built by the Portuguese, Fort Immanuel (the Portuguese stronghold), the Dutch Cemetery, the beautiful Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), the magnificently decorated 16th century Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry, Vasco House, where Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived, the Santa Cruz Basilica cathedral, and the Union Club Building. Then, walk through the fascinating spice-laden lanes of Jew Town, home to Kochi's Jewish community; see the lovely old world homes along Bishop's House road. Next, stroll along the seaside promenade (sunset is best!) and watch the giant Chinese Fishing Nets that dot the stretch of the coast and are distinctly unique to Kochi. You can even stop at some of the curio and handicraft shops and art galleries in Fort Kochi. Finish your walk with a treat at one of the little cafes.

Go International

United Arab Emirates

Sharjah

Best time to visit: October and April

While the world is rushing to modernise and show it all, Sharjah as a destination, with quiet dignity wants to move forward in a steady sure-footed manner; ensuring that it does not tread on any toes cultural or otherwise. One of the most aware tourist destinations, Sharjah uses its very quality of embracing its rich Arabic heritage to encourage tourism. Talking about the country's unique cultural character, Sharjah is not a new destination; it is well established but not wholly commercial. The destination is more educational and more artistic in its approach. Every year, many tourists come and enjoy the architecture of Sharjah, which is very Arabian. The destination has many authentic experiences that are highly experiential and are guaranteed to give visitors memories of a lifetime. Visitors can visit the Old Souq, which is the heart of Sharjah three such locations in Sharjah are in the process of being listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travellers can explore multitude experiences whether it is heritage, cultural, educational or museums. This untapped destination is home to 22 museums, which is more than half of the total number of museums in UAE.

It’s difficult to bring all cultural and heritage expeditions under one frame as there is abundance to see and explore, therefore, we urge you to get in touch whenever you plan your next trip and we will ensure to help you make it worthwhile. Happy exploring!

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