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5 Must-Visit Places for an Enriching Cultural Experience

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India is a treasure-trove of culture and souvenirs of lost dynasties. For someone who is looking for more than just plain travel, few places can offer a better experience. We list down some of the most tourist-friendly hubs in India that can add to your experience. 

5 Must-Visit Places for an Enriching Cultural Experience:

  1. Karnataka
  2. Jharkhand
  3. Rajasthan
  4. Tamil Nadu

1. Nrityagram: A modern-day Gurukul

Nrityagram: A modern-day Gurukul
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The word Nrityagram, literally translated, means “dance village". Designed by famous Indian architect Gerard da Cunha, the community is situated near Hesaraghatta Lake30 km from Bengaluru. It features beautifully carved mud buildings that are dotted with green cover and groves. An annual festival, known as Vasantahabba, is held every spring in Nrityagram. HolidayIQ reviewer Snehal Jadav shares, "The architecture is marvellous. The campus is serene, the way it was envisioned. A cluster of several huts forms the hostel, dining area, guest rooms etc."

Visit the Temple of Dedication, the Garden, Dance Gurukuls and the Amphitheatre.

How to reach: Bengaluru International Airport is the nearest airbase. You can broad trains to Bangalore City Railway Station and then drive down. 2 hours and 41.1 km via NH44/NH75, KSRTC provides regular bus services from Bangalore to Nrityagram

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2. Mattur: Sanskrit is the way of life

Mattur: Sanskrit is the way of life
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If you want to relive the Vedic age, this is the place you should visit. Mattur in Karnataka is known as the Sanskrit village of India. It is the language that is spoken by most people in the village. From ordinary shopkeepers and agricultural labourers to children, everyone! All the houses in Mattur have some message or proverb in Sanskrit near the entrance. Staying here is a unique experience that removes you from today's modern, fast-paced world to the world that once used to be. 

Must-visit places are: Rama Mandir, Shivalaya, Someshwara Temple and Lakshmikeshava Temple.

How to reach: 6 hours from Bangalore and 308.0 km via Bangalore-Shimoga road, you can take either a KSRTC bus or hire a car and drive down. 

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3. Hazaribagh: The land of wall paintings

Hazaribagh: The land of wall paintings
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The word Hazaribagh comes from two words, ‘Hazar’ meaning '1000' and ‘bagira’ translates to ‘cat’. Therefore, the literal meaning of the name of the city is the ‘city of 1000 cats’. In autumn, watch the village of Bhelwara come alive during the festival of Sohrai with colourful wildlife-inspired wall paintings done traditionally by women with organic colours, or take a day-trip to the sylvan Hazaribagh National Park.

HolidayIQ reviewer Pritvi shares: "The must-visit attractions around Hazaribagh include the Narsigsthan Temple, Kandaver Temple and the Hazaribagh National Park." Also visit the Hazaribagh lakeCanary Hill, and Megaliths of Hazaribagh.

How to reach: It is linked by road to cities like Ranchi, 91 km away, Gaya at a distance of 130 km, Dhanbad at 128 km, Daltongunj around 198 km away, Patna 235 km and Kolkata at a distance of 434 km through Asansol- Govindapur - Barhi. So you could opt for a train journey, car ride or bus. 

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4. Bikaner: Royalty overload

Bikaner: Royalty overload
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vinit Agnihotri from Pune has shot this in Bikaner

HolidayIQ reviewer Rakesh shares, "The neat and clean town with good roads and friendly people offers many forts and temples for visitors to behold and appreciate the Rajputana heritage." Situated in the north-west part of Rajasthan, Bikaner is a desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert. A mix of the cultural exchange between India and Britain during British colonial rule, the palace is a popular choice amongst the city’s visitors. 

HolidayIQ reviewer TravelerInMe lists out the must-visit places: "The beautiful Junagadh Fort; Museums - Prachina and Sardul Singh; old Havelis if architecture of times gone by interest you; Laxminathji and Jain temples for the religious; nearby excursions, Deshnok Karni Mata temple (famous rat temple); Shiv Baari, Camel Breeding Institute, Gajner sanctuary."

How to reach: The nearest airport is at Udaipur. Being about 8 and a half hours and 501.0 km from Udaipur via NH62, there are a number of bus services from Bikaner to major cities nearby. It is also connected by railways to cities like Jodhpur, Mumbai and Delhi, among others. 

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5. Thanjavur: Birth place of Bharatnatyam

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Manoj Menon from Bangalore has shot this video review in Thanjavur

Apart from being a home to art and architecture, the popular classical form of dance called Bharat Natyam, Thanjavur is also known for Tanjore paintings. HolidayIQ reviewer Joghee says, "Our trip to Thanjavur was a memorable one. The Brahadeeswar Temple complex with many temples was so beautiful with wonderful architecture, sprawling and well-maintained lawns and passages. The crowd was manageable. One could spend a whole afternoon gazing at the size and beauty of the main temple which is one of the largest in India. The art complex was very nice with very ancient idols of deities was fantastic."

Other must-visit places are: Brihadeeswara TempleThanjavur Royal PalaceGangaikonda CholapuramAiravateswara Temple among others.

How to reach: Trichy international airport is the closest airport which is 58 km away. There are regular flights connecting Trichy to Chennai (345 km) and Bangalore (390 km). You can hire cabs from the airport. Trichy railway station is at a distance of 58 km or you can even avail government and private buses. 

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