India is a magical experience! What you see here assumes a whole new meaning when you understand the deeper themes ingrained within various cultural, religious and traditional practices. In this connection, colors serve as an expression of faith and belief, and color symbolism is so typical of India.
“I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolour,” said Keith Bellows, who was editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler for 17 years.
Colorful experiences of India are not just limited to the beautiful colors of nature. The country’s love for colors is evident in its festivals and celebrations, traditional clothing, art and architecture – let’s say every aspect of life. Colors are capable of evoking strong emotions, so develop an emotional connection with this spiritual nation by experiencing the colors of India.
Celebrating Holi in India:
Holi celebrations are probably the first glimpses your mind conjured up when we said colors of India, and why not? After all, it’s the Festival of Colors renowned all over the world! The exuberant traditions of this Indian festival bring together people of all ages to indulge in the fun of drenching each other in a riot of colors. Singing and dancing around Holika Dahan (bonfire) as a way of celebrating the victory of good over evil precedes this most colorful festival. Mathura, Vrindavan, Varanasi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Shantiniketan, Hampi, and Delhi are the best places to fully enjoy this colorful experience of India.
Trekking to Valley of flowers, a colorful carpet of exotic flowers:
A famous poet described colors as ‘the smiles of nature’, and you’ll get to witness her winsome smile at this colorful place in India. With mighty Himalayan ranges forming the background, the ethereal landscape of Valley of Flowers crisscrossed by tranquil streams leaves you spellbound! The sights of endemic alpine flowers such as orchids, poppies, lilies, marigold, petunia, daisies, geranium, primula and anemones among others offer you the most blissful, soothing and colorful experience.
Experiencing Gujarat’s Rann Utsav:
This annual festival hosted in the ecologically and ethnically diverse Kutch district displays the natural and cultural heritage of Gujarat in its colorful best. The carnivalesque atmosphere breathes life into surreally beautiful Kutch villages and the wide array of cultural programs, traditional handicraft melas, and dreamy full-moon nights lend their share of color and vibrancy to the Rann Utsav. This 3-month-long celebration happens from December to February every year. You shouldn’t miss out on this exquisitely colorful experience of India at any rate.
Shopping for bangles at Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad:
Bangles are an intrinsic part of Indian culture; they mean more than accessories for Indian women. In this culturally-rich country where different colored bangles stand for different themes, bangle shopping is indeed special and so are the choodi bazaars.
Laad or Choodi Bazar in Hyderabad, a historic bangle market, is particularly famous for its lac and glass bangles of all colors and designs. This market is colorful, chaotic, musical, and noisy all at the same time. Even if you don’t intend to buy, just take a walk down the old Laad Bazaar lanes beholding the spectacle of shimmering bangles – it is an arresting sight that depicts the varied colors of India.
Sightseeing Kashmir during autumn:
Nothing compares to the beauty of changing colors of nature! What better place in India than the paradisiacal land of Kashmir to witness the beauty of multi-hued nature in all its glory? Autumn paints Kashmir in the shades of yellow, gold, red, orange, and brown among others, thus accentuating its unmatched charm. Autumn is referred to as Kashmir’s golden season, and the magic of this transition period on Kashmir contributes to the colorful experiences of India. Hoping to cross Kashmir off your bucket-list this year? Plan your trip now and book your flights in advance to save huge on air tickets.
Exploring the mind-blowing interiors of Mysore Palace:
Mysore Palace or Amba Vilas Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, boasts stunning interiors as enchanting as its imposing exterior, if not more so. Standing in the center of a vast and lovely garden, this royal edifice with captivating pink marble domes mesmerizes the onlookers with vibrant colors and intricacies on elegant facades, arches, windows, finely carved colonnades and opulent furnishings. Durbar Hall, in particular, is insanely beautiful with breathtaking architecture!
Witnessing Garba during Navratri celebrations:
A folk dance called Garba traditionally performed during the nine-day-long Navratri festival in Gujarat reveals the magnificence of Dussehra celebrations in India. Performed in concentric circles around a clay lantern (Garbha deep), this electrifying dance dedicated to the feminine energy is rich in symbolism. Watching the resplendent performers dance enthusiastically to the reverberating beats of dhol and dholak, gracefully twirling, synchronously clapping, and infecting the air with their energy leaves you wondering about the diverse colorful experiences of India.