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10 most colourful cities in India

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‘Colours are the smiles of nature’ – James Henry Leigh Hunt

Colours bind us, colours make us fall in love and colours are the only language that is common to every individual. With dazzling combination of natural beauty, a number of hues splashed during the festivals and a melange of traditions, India is one of the most colourful countries in the world. From traveller’s perspective, there are beautiful flower valleys in Uttarakhan, the French flavoured Pondicherry, magnificient temples in Madurai and a lot more to be explored, to get the most magical and stimulating experience. So put on your rose tinted glasses as we take you around the 10 most colourful cities in India.

1. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Experience the holy colours of holi in Vrindavan!


Considered as the birth place of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan sees the Holi celebrations like none other. Every year people from all over India and the world come here to celebrate the festival of colours. Regardless of the religion, gender, cast and creed, everybody comes together to get painted in a riot of colours.

2. Jaipur, Rajasthan: Join in the romance of the pink city!

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The city took its present hue in 1876 when the Maharaja decided to paint the city pink for the arrival of the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. When seen from a distance, Jaipur gives away the beauteous charm and an exuberant vibe which is unknown to none.

3. Pondicherry: Lending the poetic charm!

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Blessed with the idyllic bohemian charm, the French colonial city of Pondicherry is a beautiful place to be. With the city overlooking the Bay of Bengal, there’s a calm and solitude to an entirely different tangent here. The colourful walls of the houses and streets lined up with beautiful paintings, Pondicherry becomes an epitome of the French colonisation.

4. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh: Shop your heart out at the Chudi Bazaar!


The tinkling bangles in varied colours and styles is every girl’s dream. And you will get to live that dream in the streets of Hyderabad. The Chudi Bazaar in Hyderabad is where you can get the bangles of all sizes, colours and materials. The beauty of these charming bracelets will surely give you major shopping goals.

5. Varanasi, Uttar pradesh: The city united by a deference to Ganga!


The banks of the River Ganga in Varanasi sees the journey of a person from birth to death. The ghats are home to a number of vendors, sadhus, priests and families, which lend a colour to the entire Varanasi which is unlike anything you have ever seen. The Ganga Aarti is yet another experience which is colourful, and brings out a feeling of immense devotion in every individual.

6. Jodhpur, Rajasthan: Feel the city’s blue with a twist!


Jodhpur is yet another beautiful city in Rajasthan, constructed on the edge of the desert. This ‘Blue City’ stands true to its name as the houses and havelis are all painted blue thus adding to the charm of Rajasthan. And to see this charm come alive in front of your eyes is a magical experience in itself.

7. Uttarakhand: Welcome to the valley of flowers!

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The landscape of Uttarakhand, covered with flowers of every shape and colour is pretty much close to being a heaven on earth. The unparalleled beauty of the state and it’s world renowned Valley of Flowers allures travellers from far off places thus clouding the mind with vivid colours.

8. Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh: Witness the colours of meditation and spirituality!


Mcleod Ganj, the seat of the exiled Tibetan Government is a favourite destination for many. The colourful garlands, monks clad in maroon robes and prayer flags dotting the skyline makes for an ideal site for travellers. Also, the charming boho-chic cafes and the artistry on the walls add to the beauty of this hill retreat.

9. Nainital: The land with serene emerald coloured Naini Lake!


This beautiful hill station in the state of Uttarakhand is known as the ‘Lake District’ of India. Keeping up with its name and being one of the colourful places in India, Nainital is a heaven-of-all-sorts for travellers. The Nani Lake reflects the rising sun’s beams, thus complementing the vividly painted boats on the shore.

10. Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra: Get dazzled by the pristine beauty!


A UNESCO World Heritage Biodiversity Site, Kaas Plateau in its true sense is a place to soak in the beauty of the colours. Mostly covered with barren and moss, the plateau transforms into a carpet of flowers (850 different species) in the months of August to September. Take a walk across the basalt plateau and you will get to see the shades of every possible colour.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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