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India Top 25 Cultural Destinations

India Top 25 Cultural Destinations

India Top 25 Cultural Destinations

India Top 25 Cultural Destinations

 

1. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad is the largest city and former capital of Gujarat, which is a state in India. Ahmedabad city is well known for its diversified culture. People of Ahmedabad are very passionate about celebrating each and every festive occasion then be it Navratri, the nine nights festival or the kite flying festivity. Gujaratis are usually very fond of food. The cuisine of Ahmedabad consists of such yummy lip smacking dishes that you'll be tempted to try out more and more food each time you enter into a restaurant Navratri is one of the most celebrated festivals in Ahmedabad. This nine-day dance fest is organized between October and November every year, celebrating the nine forms of Goddess Durga. It’s a lot of fun to watch and participate in the group garba dance where men and women dress up in traditional Gujarati attire. Ahmadabad is said to be very delightful city which makes you happy to visit and enjoy the every moment of life with great tradition. 

 

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2. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Madurai is a major city and cultural headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Madurai is a major city and cultural headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Madurai is a major city and cultural headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The culture of madurai is fascinating and captivating. It tells us about the people of the place, their lifestyle and their beliefs. Observing the culture of madurai gives you a fair idea about the traditions and practices that are still followed by the locals. The festivals, the events, the attractions, all reflect the culture of madurai in one way or the other. Tourism has picked up in the last decade or so and the local people are generally quite friendly towards the tourists.  Madurai stands for the great Tamil art and culture which they celebrate with very happiness and joy. 

 

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3. Khajuraho

One of the most celebrated manifestations of Indian architecture is to be found in a group of temples at Khajuraho in central India. Situated a hundred miles south-east of the town of Jhansi in the modern-day state of Madhya Pradesh. The Group of Temples in Khajuraho, revered as World Heritage Sites, portray distinct pattern of temple architecture and art that reminds one of the intriguing and rich cultural ethnicity it witnesses during the Chandella period in Madhya Pradesh. The Chandella rulers had tried to distinguish politics from religious & cultural activities and established their political capital in Mahoba, making Khajuraho a religious and cultural capital. The first recorded mention of the Khajuraho temples is in the accounts of Al-Biruni in AD 1022 and in the works of the Arab traveller Ibn Battuta in AD 1335. There are lots on scultured temples which is very famous to visit and experience great culture of Khajuraho. 

 

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4. Mysuru, Kartnataka

Mysore is a city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Culture of Mysore is a fine combination of the historic heritage and the contemporary achievements of the city. The continuous patronage and support of the Kings in every field led to the evolution of a distinct style known as the "Mysore Style" in the all the fields like painting, architecture, music, poetry etc. The festivals of Mysore are a fascinating indicator of the cultural unity of the place. Inhabited by people of different faiths and beliefs Mysore becomes a common cultural canopy under which the various social festivals are celebrated by one and all.

 

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5. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is a place that has been untouched by commercialization and globalization. It is very different from rest of the Indian states and has retained its old world charm. The culture of Shimla is such that it portrays a sound balance between traditional values and modern thoughts. The cultural heritage of Simla is very traditional and rural. Shimla is the most visited hill stations in north India. The life pattern of people here in Shimla is very simple the people living in Shimla are known as Shimlaites. The Shimlaites make their living through agriculture and livestock, these two are the main occupations of the people out here. The women here wear Salwar, Kameez, Kurta or the long knee length gown known as Juan Chadiyan which reflects their culture. There are many temples and churches in Shimla. The people of Shimla celebrate festivals all around the year. During the summers, they celebrate Summer Shimla Festival which lasts till 3-4 days. Some main festivals are winter festival, Shivratri, the Ice Skating Carnival and International Folk Festival. Shimla is famous for its wooden handicrafts, which can be found in Lakkar Bazaar Rational music and dance in Shimla is inspired by religion, performed to seek the blessings of the gods. Ghungroo, flute, majrara, etc., are some of the instruments used. Popular dance forms are Kayang Dance, Bnayangchu dance, Rasa dance, etc. 

 

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6.Ranakpur

Ranakpur popularly famous as the 'temple town of Rajasthan, village is located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in Pali district of Rajasthan. It is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. Amidst the sandy land stands the Chaturmukh Jain Temple of Rishabhadev or The Ranakpur Jain Temple.  It is known for the peaceful nature of the followers. It is an isolated valley in Aravali. Ranakpur has a pride of having the bigger Jain temple in India and its existence goes back to the 15th century. Dharna Sah was a Jain businessman with a vision to develop a great place of temples. He approached Rana Kumbha the liberal ruler who granted the land to show his expertise on carving in amber stones. Sun Temple is another must visit place if you want to hold the culture of Ranakpur. This small village in Rajasthan speaks volume of its marvellous carving and splendid architecture.

 

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7. Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. Hampi is famous for the annual Vijayanagar Festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka in November in every year. Hampi Utsav, also known as the Vijaya Utsav, Festival of Hampi has been celebrated from the times of the Vijayanagar reign. This event has been reiterated as the “Nada Utsava “by the Government of Karnataka. The rich culture of Kannadigas in the fields of dance, music and art thus showcased complement the beautifully carved ruins of Hampi. Culture of Hampi is also unique in itself and quite distinct from the rest of the country. The locals celebrate all major festivals and fests with great fervor, showcasing their hospitality and warmth to all tourists visiting their quaint town.

 

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8. Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar is a city in north-western part in India and the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district located in the Majha region of the state of Punjab. This city is known for its art and culture, Amritsar has always occupied the center stage in the Majha region and been apply named as the Mukut Mani, the Jewel in the Crown. The Cultural Hub, Amritsar, has immensely contributed to the Punjabi literature and folk culture. A rich repository of spiritual and national heritage, it has been hailed as the home of all virtues. Fairs and Festivals, an integral part of culture of Punjab, are celebrated here like a wonderful prism of social, moral, religious and patriotic values. One of the most famous dance forms in the country, Bhangra is part of the Amritsari culture. Jhumar, Dankara, Dhamal and Gatka are some other folk dances that are equally vibrant and lively. People from all casts, creeds, communities, backgrounds, status and religions live harmoniously in this cosmopolitan city. Amritsar is particularly a pilgrim destination of the Sikh population of the country and globe, yet people of other faiths also pay a visit to the Golden Temple of Amritsar in masses. The citizens of Amritsar are very friendly and hospitable and they receive their guests with a warm welcome. The chief festivals celebrated at Amritsar comprise Vaisakhi, Lohri, Guru Parb and Holi. Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is the festival celebrated in the holy memory of the foundation anniversary of Khalsa Panth. Special cuisine of Amritsar includes Guru Ka Langar, Lachedar Parantha, Tanduri Kulchas, Puirs, Makki Ki Roti, Sarson Da Saag, Bhijje Kulche, Amritsari Stuff Kulcha, Stuffed Aloo Kulcha, Kulche Chole, Channa Bhatura, Channa-Puri, Dal Loaded With Desi Ghee, Maah Di Daal, Rajma Chawal, Kadi Pakoda, Karahi Paneer, Mutton Tikka, Seekh Kabab, Barbecued Chicken, Fried Fish, Tandoori Chicken, Cream Chicken, Amritsari Fish, Gur Ka Halwa etc. 

 

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9. Haryana, Punjab

Haryana is proud of a rich cultural heritage that goes way back to the Vedic times. The state is rich in folklore. The people of Haryana have their own traditions. The age old customs of meditation, Yoga and chanting of Vedic Mantras, are still observed by the masses. The seasonal and religious festivals glorify the culture of this region. The dance is said to be the mother of all arts. Music and poetry exist in tune, painting and architecture in space. The dance is just not a form of recreation but something needed to release the physical and emotional energy, Folk dances like other creative art helps in sublimating the performer's worries and cares.  Haryana has always been a state of diverse races, cultures and faiths. Along with beautiful attractions, Haryana is also famous for the celebration of many fairs and festivals. Most of the people from Haryana as well as the neighboring states participate in the cultural programmers like dancing, singing songs, playing music, and also participate in other cultural activities held during the fairs and festivals. There are certain fairs and festivals celebrated in Haryana, that promise to take you away from the routine life. The most popular fairs celebrated in Haryana are - the Surajkund Fair, the Mango Mela, the Baisakhi Mela, the Pinjore Heritage Festival, the Guga Navmi Fair, and the Kurukshetra Utsav. People of Haryana have a joie de vivre in their attitude and celebrations that are unmatched. Being an agricultural community, their festivals are linked to sowing and reaping of the crop.

 

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10. Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata has also been the pioneer city in Indian renaissance. It has long been known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage as the former capital of India.  Kolkata is truly a city of talent and passion, where people are lively and have an enthusiasm to live life to the fullest, Bengalis are very fond of music Calcutta hosts a variety of fairs, film fests, music conferences and folk fairs. It houses the Marwaris, Parsis, Anglo Indians, Jews, Armenians and the joyous people of China town. Kolkata has a plethora of tourist attraction places encompassing museums, galleries, heritage buildings, amusement parks, temples, churches and synagogues. Culture of Kolkata reveals the drama, theatre, art, music and adda. Kolkata unfolds diversified cultural heritage and significance for which the city is quoted as the "Cultural capital of India"- City of Joy.

 

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11. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal is the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Bhopal district and Bhopal division. The city was the capital of the former Bhopal State. Bhopal is known as the City of Lakes. The city of Bhopal can boast of great historical experiences which have definitely left their impression on the art and culture of Bhopal. The city of Bhopal is a picturesque one with two artificial lakes and a masonry wall enclosing it. Bhopal Art and Culture are unique in their own right and speak of a rich heritage and past of the region. The most striking feature about Bhopal Art and Culture is the equilibrium it maintains between Hindu and Muslim Cultures.  Bhopal Art and Culture and the Bharat Bhavan is a perfect example of that endeavor. This museum houses an art gallery, libraries of poetry, classical and folk music. One can also shop for small artifacts which are the best example of the Art of Bhopal. There artifacts include exquisite silver jewelery, beautifully-fashioned bead work and velvet purses and cushions.  Theatre, Music, Poetry, Shairi and Art also enjoy an inseparable status in the Bhopali Culture.  The cuisine of Bhopal also reflects the cultural fusion of the place. Besides some delicious vegetarian dishes, Bhopal is also the inventor of some of the most tasty meat dishes like the spicy achar gost (pickled lamb). The Bhopali paan is an integral part of Bhopal Art and Culture as it reflects the relaxed and regal temperament of the local people.

 

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12.Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu or Kulu is the capital town of the Kullu district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The fairs, customs, food habits, beliefs, attire and occupation explicate the hard-earned lifestyle of the aborigines. Kullu or Kulu is the capital town of the Kullu district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The fairs, customs, food habits, beliefs, attire and occupation explicate the hard-earned lifestyle these vibrant fairs carry great religious and economic importance for the people here. The customs and rituals practiced in the valley depict the simple lifestyle of the natives, living close to Nature. There is a rich tradition of folk arts in Kullu. The excellent temple carvings, vibrant handicrafts, spectacular folk dances and melodious songs show the sensitivity of the people. The exquisitely build temples, castles, and forts are the monuments of an advanced form of architecture and sculpture that flourished in the valley in past.

 

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13. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer represents rich cultural heritage and traditional legacy of the bygone era. The vibrant and dynamic lifestyle of the local indigenous inhabitants of Jaislamer is reflected in the various socio-cultural and religious festivities of the place which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. The various forts, palaces and monuments of Jaisalmer bear resemblance to the Indian architectural style. The unique decorative work on the walls, ceilings and pillars of the historical monuments reflect the rich craftsmanship of the local artisans of the ancient times. The crafts of Jaisalmer comprise of unique art and craft works of exquisite designs of silver jewelries, printing work, highly decorative leather products and embroidery works. The several indigenous art and craft work of the region has an internationally acclaimed status that helps the state to earn huge revenues.  The desert festival of Jaisalmer reflects the rich cultural heritage and traditional legacy of the bygone era. The famous desert festival provides the local indigenous inhabitants and tourists with a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique folk music and dance of Jaisalmer.

 

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14. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi is a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, North India. The art and culture of Varanasi is unique. It is the rich cultural tradition of Varanasi that makes it the cultural capital of India. A combination of archaeology, mythology, geography, art and history makes Varanasi a great center of Indian culture. It has a rich and original variety of paintings and sculptor styles and equally rich treasures of folk art. During the ages Varanasi has produced master craftsmen and Varanasi has earned name and fame for its Sarees, handicrafts, textiles, Toys, ornaments, metal work, clay and wood work, leaf and fibre crafts. With ancient crafts, Banaras has not lagged behind in Modern Industries.

 

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15. Goa, Goa

The culture of natives of the Indian state of Goa, Goans are commonly said to be born with music and football in their blood. This is because football and music are deeply entrenched in Goan culture. Goa, also referred as the ‘Rome of East’ is one of the most happening and modern tourist destination in india with heritage goan culture and tradition. Colonized by Portuguese for 450 years, cultural heritage of Goa consists of numerous goa churches, temples and mosques. Moreover, Goa’s exotic beaches that sprawl over wide and soft sands as well as the sea food of Goa are much admired and liked by people visiting Goa from different places.  The culture of Goa is unique in its own sense and is unlike any other in the Asian subcontinent. The people of Goa like to laze around, enjoy and 'soak in' the good things in life. Goans are passionate about their food, music, religion and most importantly, their local drink.

 

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16. Kochi, Kerala

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a city and port in the Indian state of Kerala. The culture of the city can be termed as predominantly South Indian, The culture of the port city of Cochin may be understood by studying various factors, like the behavior and belief patterns of its residents, their language, religions. Kochi has a multi-cultural identity, as people from various parts of the world have made this city of Kerala their home. Therefore, Kochi culture has many facets, which have completely different identities. Staring from the Kochi Carnival with a western flavor to the Vishu of a contrasting ethnic character, the festivals reflect this diversity of culture in Kochi.  It is shopping for mementos and gifts items. The local arts and crafts industry in Kochi is so strong that you will find numerous shops there selling handicraft items.

 

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17. Bodhgaya, Bihar

Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment as the Bodhi Tree. Buddhism as a religion was really born in Bihar and evolved here through his preaching and the example of his lifestyle of great simplicity, renunciation and empathy for everything living. Significantly, the state's name of 'Bihar' originated from 'Vihara' meaning monasteries which abounded in Bihar. Bihar art and culture owes its origins and continuity to its composite historical legacy. As there were many rulers, sages, and exemplary people, the cultural life of Bihar owes greatly to its traditional moorings. The traditional Bihar society comprises of art, dance, music, festivals, and fairs. Without these basic tenets, the culture of Bihar would be incomplete. As the tradition plays a major role in making Bihar’s culture, its folk music and folk dance is the testimony to the sentiment.   The Brahmin class practices vegetarianism and their food habits directly run on the oriental lines. The uniqueness lies in the fact that although Bihar is full of mighty rivers, yet the food mostly consists of vegetarian diets. This is what makes the food habits of Bihar unique. Bihari people do not prefer even chicken and eggs in their meals. there are 500 varieties of pickles and one of the most favored dishes is ‘Jhal Moori’, which is prepared of ‘puffed rice’ and other ingredients.

 

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18. Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai previously known as Bombay is a bustling metropolis and is the fourth most populous city in the world.   The culture of this metro city is a boisterous blend of cuisines, languages, food, fine arts, cinema and festivals. The city-dwellers, often labeled as the 'Mumbaikars', lead a very fast-paced life and spend a significant time of their lives commuting from one place to another. Food and the festivals are the most important facets of Mumbai's culture. Every Mumbaikar is passionate about the local street-fare and the lavish celebrations like Ganesh Chathurthi, Diwali, Christmas and Eid. Since the metropolitan is observing modern trends, the caste, creed and color of people take a backseat in this city, and the fun-loving mentality breaks all boundaries. Marathi culture is spread in Mumbai which is used by all the religious

 

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19. Patna, Bihar

Patna is the capital and largest city of the state of Bihar in India. The Culture of Patna is unique and people of the city observe these cultural festivals with joys and full of enthusiasm. Normally the culture and lifestyle of Patna people are orthodox in some extent and they have great belief in God and in his power. Generally people of Patna are of the mentality which continuing with the rich traditional Indian values and they live their lifestyle with full of fun and entertainment. There is a wide gamut of means of their entertainment and fun although they eager for movie watching. atna comes alive with festivals like Shivratri and Patliputra Mahotsava, which features parades, sports, music, and dancing. Traditional Bihar societies are predominantly vegetarian, influenced by Buddhist and Hindu values of non-violence. The local cuisine of the city is a medley of Mughlai and Central Asian food with an Indian touch in it. Street food is very popular among the city residents. Various mouth-watering street foods like chaat, litti chokha, phuchka. Hindi is the official language of Patna; however the Bihari Hindi greatly differs both in the dialect and the accent from the Hindi that is spoken in rest of the country. The Hindi of Patna is normally influenced by the regional languages including Bhojpuri, Braj, Magahi and Maithily, which are widely spoken here. English is also fairly understood in Patna but not used so often.

 

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20. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling is a town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal.  The culture of Darjeeling, India, is quite diverse and unique.  The local culture of Darjeeling can be well understood during the season of native festivals. The diverse community of people of Darjeeling District consists of the Lepchas  the diverse dialect groups of Nepali Gorkhas who form the majority, Bengalis, Tibetans, Biharis and Marwaris to name a few sects.  Lepchas were the original inhabitants of Darjeeling and Sikkim but they represent a minority of the population in today's Darjeeling. Darjeeling consists of Buddhist culture which is very famous.   

 

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21 Dimapur, Nagaland

Nagaland is a land of festivals. All the tribes celebrate their distinct seasonal festivals with a pageantry of color and a feast of music. They regard their festivals sacrosanct and participation in celebration is compulsory. They celebrate their distinct seasonal festivals with a pageantry of color and a feast of music.
Most of these festivals revolve round agriculture, it being the main-stay of Naga society. Over 85% population of Nagaland is directly dependent on agriculture and lives in a thousand and odd villages situated on high hill tops or slopes overlooking verdant valleys humming with murmuring streams. The people of Nagaland, the Nagas, are of Tibeto-Burmese origin and are basically tribal people with a rich tradition of self-governance at the village level. They have high cheekbones, almond shaped eyes, sparkling teeth and a bronze skin, which is quite a combination. The population of Nagaland is made up of sixteen tribal groups with their distinctive cultures. Each tribe wears their clan motifs in colorful traditional dresses, has its own dialect, customary practices and traditions. The Nagas have invented Nagamese, a pidgin language combining local dialects and Assamese.  The festivals of Nagaland are mostly associated with agricultural operations. The important thing about the Naga festivals is their composite character. The Naga community as a whole participates in the celebrations of ceremonial functions. There are certain programmes stretching over a specified period, in which all the village folks participate.

 

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22 Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Kolhapur, also spelled Colapore in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Kolhapur, the abode of Devi Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of health & wealth and peace & prosperity is thronged by thousands of devotees all round the year. Acclaimed as Dakshin Kashi, Kolhapur is regarded as one of the most apotheosized pilgrim destinations of the state of Maharashtra.  Kolhapur city is chiefly inhabited by Marathas who are followed in the count by Brahmins, Gujaratis, Marwadis, Buddhists, Maharashtrian Jains, Lingayat Kannadigas, Sindhis and Muslims. Apart from the thriving tourism industry, the economy of Kolhapur is supported by the cultivation of sugarcane which is used in large amount in the production of the famous Kolhapuri Jaggery. Metal, textile and mining are other prominent industries flourishing at Kolhapur. Kolhapur is ranked second after Mumbai for having the highest number of Mercedes cars in the state of Maharashtra.  

 

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23 Ranchi, Jharkhand

Ranchi is the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand, and its third most populous city of the state. The people of Ranchi are friendly and humble natured. Agriculture is the main occupation of most of the people of Ranchi. Mining on coal, limestone, asbestos and ornamental stones are some other occupation of the people of Ranchi. Ranchi district reflects mixed culture largely consisting of tribal people. As we go through the history of the district we would note that Ranchi was largely a tribal area practicing a traditional way of the area is known for the Dokra art form while festivals such as Basant Panchami, Holi, Diwali, Chath, Jityya Bhaiya are celebrated here. Some of the popular dance forms are Chhau and Santhal, which are group dances performed by the Santhal tribe. Karma is another popular folk dance performed in the month of August during the Karma festival.

 

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24 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow is the largest city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The culture of Lucknow is still very much alive and retains its old world charm even today. Popularly known as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is famous for its traditional cuisine, fine arts and the most courteous people you will ever find in India. The cultural heritage of Lucknow was pretty much influenced by the Mughal era and you find that Mughal touch in almost everything that relates to the culture of Lucknow.  Lucknow', this name is synonymous with architectural beauties of 'Lakhauri' bricks, the fragrance of 'itra', musical notes, the sound of dancers' trinklets, the sweetness of 'dussheri' mangoes, 'malai' and 'gulab revadis', and of course its 'Mehman Nawazi'. Known for its refinement in speech, entertainment, dresses and manners, Lucknow is also called the 'City of Adab'. This devotional dance stvle of pre-Mughal days was transformed into a highly eclectic dance form under the patronage of the Nawabs of Awadh. Pandit Iswari Prasad Mishra of Handia is said to be the founder of the Lucknow gharana of Kathak.

 

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25 Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai culture is distinctly different from that of any other city in India. Being a cosmopolitan city, the culture of the city reflects its diverse population which has resulted in a unique blend. Though a modern city, it continues to be traditional and conventional in certain ways. Traditional music, dance and all other art forms of Tamil Nadu are very popular in the city.  hennai is a miraculous gift the land of Tamil Nadu embraces. Drawing the quality of 'Unity in Diversity' from the homeland country India, Chennai carries the legacy of rich cultural heritage imbibed in its fine arts, music and dance forms, people and cuisines. The attribute of being a cosmopolitan city, Chennai mirrors confluence of all the diverse cultures nourishing within its boundaries. The rich culture of Chennai can be exemplified through the dance forms and Carnatic music practised here, performed with traditional costumes. “Bharatanatyam” is an Indian classical dance which originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu and is practised widely in Chennai. The dance is known for its grace, elegance, expressiveness, tenderness, and challenging poses. 

 

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