Backpacking diaries: Top Six Colorful Sights of India
Asia is known known for its vividness of colour, and its appealing palette of attire, colourful monuments, food. The very fabric of Asia is colour drenched; but nowhere will you find a more pleasing variety of tints and shades, both dark and light, ranging from magenta to turquoise, and from emerald green to colbalt blue, as you will find in India. Here is a list of what I feel are the top six colorful sights of India.
Valley of flowers, Uttartakhand
‘In all my mountain wandering, I have not seen a more beautiful valley where the human spirit may find repose’ wrote Smythe, who first discovered the 300 species of tall wildflowers carpeting an entire valley, which he named Valley of Flowers.
Valleys of Sikkim
A drive through white rocked mountains, manicured grey roads will entice your sight; and I swear the river flowing through the valley of Sikkim, like a gleaming jewel from the bazaars of Rajasthan, is the purest aquamarine turquoise I have ever seen.
Rann Utsav, Kutch (Gujarat) – December
While the artsy textile villages around the white salt island of Kutch are vividly colourful throughout the year, the Rann Utsav (Rann festival) sees some spectacular vibrancy come to life. Hot air balloons sail high above the carnival skies, while tantalising colours come to life on white desert sand below. Enjoy camel safaris and camp out the festival in this unique topographical setting, with a sandy white desert island in the middle of marshes.
Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad
Close to Charminar, this exquisitely decorated bangles market will quench your colour thirst.
Saffron Fields, Pampore
India’s own version of the cherry blossom, but lavender; sleepy little hamlet Pampore is one of the two places in the world which yields saffron (spice).
Mirror Hall, Amer (Amber) Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A gorgeous queen’s idea of a romantic haveli (traditional palace), the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) is covered every inch by small pieces of ornate mirrors. Lighting a match reveals the startling aesthetic and brilliant science behind the concept.
Enjoy colour drenched India!