Valley of flowers, Uttartakhand

Top Six Colorful Sights of India Backpacking diaries

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.

 

Top Six Colorful Sights of India: Valley of flowers, Uttartakhand
Top Six Colorful Sights of India: Valley of flowers, Uttartakhand

 

 

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.

Valleys of Sikkim
Valleys of Sikkim

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.

Rann Utsav, Kutch (Gujarat) - December
Rann Utsav, Kutch (Gujarat) – December

Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad

Close to Charminar, this exquisitely decorated bangles market will quench your colour thirst.

Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad
Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad

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).

Saffron Fields, Pampore
Saffron Fields, Pampore

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.

Mirror Hall, Amer (Amber) Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Mirror Hall, Amer (Amber) Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Enjoy colour drenched India!

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