For the longest time aesthetic dealt with the fine arts with a non-social-political perspective but today it isn’t limited to that. Today aesthetic is a word that captures the beauty of a certain feel. Aesthetics surrounds my generation like the atmosphere surrounds the Earth- the attraction is so natural.
As aesthetic got popular, the internet saw an explosion of thousands of aesthetic Tumblr mood boards, Pinterest pins, sparkly filters, tic-tocks, and whatnot, just as one may expect and want. These platforms entertain different aesthetics like – art, dance, dark, music, love, vintage, movies, books, writings, the universe, quotes, philosophy, minimalism (phew!). Even colors have their own aesthetic. My personal favorite is the travel aesthetic- simply because I am a wanderer at heart and I believe that this one aesthetic includes so many other aesthetics I like.
So folks today I am here to add my two cents on the different, aesthetically pleasant places to visit in India (in no particular order).
Pink!!! You guessed it right. India’s first planned city painted in pink oozes luxury. As the popular story goes- When the Prince of Wales visited India, the then king, Sawai Ram Singh ordered the city to be painted in pink – the color of hospitality. The same color now is associated with girl power.
The city is a sea of notable and historical palaces- like Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort and many others. Also, a fort out of the uncommon sits with a haunted reputation- it’s called the Bhangarh fort of Bhangarh.
More than that Jaipur has tons to offer – exquisite jewellery, museums, jewellery museums, ethnic clothes, and amazing bazaars. You can take home so much more than just memories here.
Backpack across the North-East
What happens when you combine lush luxurious hills, sights worth diving into, exotic and rare flora and fauna? The unexplored paradise- Northeast India.
Personally speaking backpacking around the Northeast is on my bucket list. If you want to visit here then chances are- you love nature, peace, and quiet. The northeast comprises of eight states – Anurachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura.
Andaman and Nicobar islands
This archipelago in the Bay of Bengal is no less than paradise on earth. Magnificent flaming sunsets lighting up the turquoise waters and you enjoying all this while sunbathing on the ivory-white beaches.
Remote to reach, these dreamy islands are a combination of peace, solitude, natural beauty, and adventure. Experience deep diving at the Havelock, the feel of Swaraj at the Cellular Jail National Memorial where political prisoners were once held, the Victorian-style ruins on Ross Islands, and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
Rann of Kutch
The Rann (desert) of Kutch, located in Gujrat, is a large area of salt marshes. Though the desert may sound dull, the place itself is an experience.
Visit the oldest museum in Gujrat- the Kutch Museum that houses ancient art crafts, coins, and the Kutchi script. Experience probably the most aesthetic festival on the list – the kite festival at Mandvi beach which brings the kites from your wildest dreams to life. While you are there make sure you experience the local cuisine and fill your bags with the handicrafts and souvenirs for your friends.
Leh is an easy place to fall in love with. This beauty of a place sits in the Indus Valley at the crossroads of silk routes. Though there is much to experience you have to take it slow the first few days to get accustomed to the high elevation.
See the stupas and monasteries, learn about the Buddhist monasteries, the Hundar dunes within the Nubra Valley, go cycling, white water rafting, ride a two hump Bactrian camel, camp, do homestays to explore the culture.
It is worthwhile to mention – the best and of the most enjoyable ways to reach Leh is to take a road trip from Manali to here.
You are lying if you say you wouldn’t want to experience the vibrancy of this striking place mentioned in the epics. It is a city like no other and the only, not just in India but the world. The city is popular worldwide for its Ghats, prayers, rituals, and the bemusing culture which unfolds every day and every night.
This cultural center of India located on the banks of the holy river Ganges was home to many renowned scholars, musicians, philosophers and according to Hindu mythology, it was founded by Lord Shiva himself.
While you are there you can do more than witnessing the rituals- take a boat ride in the Ganges river or take a dip, a sunlit stroll on the Ghats, pick out handmade clothing from the weavers there, and enjoy the delicacies.
Ah! The Scotland of India, and it is called that for a reason. This coffee-producing hill station in Karnataka boasts of breathtaking exotic sceneries, streams that cut through lush hills, and the aroma of coffee and spices.
You can experience the serenity of the Abbey waterfall snuggled in the lush green Western Ghats and adrenaline in white river rafting in Barapole River and trekking up Tadiandamol, the highest mountain peak in Coorg,
Delhi and Agra
Calling all the architecture enthusiasts!! Let’s be honest it would be unfair to not include the oldest most happening, historical cities of India.
Delhi has worn the crown of the capital city of India since the 12th century. It has housed mighty and powerful kingdoms, seen the bloodiest of wars, the most cunning of plans, the British rule and continues to experience so much more. All of this has left a mixed bag of culture, intimidating and jaw-dropping architectural structures, majestic gardens, and bazaars that you’d be a fool to not visit here at least once. Not to mention the food here is beyond yum!
And Agra, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you must’ve heard of this city and you’ve at least once wished to visit the Taj Mahal. Agra is hyped the most for Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and its petha and it isn’t difficult to see why. Like Delhi, it has seen its own share of rich history of battles and loots.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that when you visit these places, you’ll be able to breathe history.
Alleppey this city in god’s own country, Kerala makes for a very rejuvenating vacation. However, the first thing you should do is hit the backwaters with your loved ones. The backwaters are the home to the rarest and most elegant migratory birds on earth- Stork Billed, White-Throated Kingfishers, White Breasted Waterhen, Black Drongo, Asian Palm Swift, and Jungle Myna and so. Go kayaking in those waters and when the sun goes down hit the beaches to envelope yourself in the drowsing purple-orange flames.
Kerala is popular for Ayurveda and there are many resorts that offer ayurvedic spas. There are spas that claim to offer treatments and solutions for your chronic illnesses.
Witness the snake boat race and take home south Indian trinkets and exquisite spices.
Varkala – a beach town in Thiruvananthapuram is a heaven of beaches and sunbathing which is far less crowded, quieter, and cleaner than the popular Goa beaches. This golden patch of a beach sits on the edge of 15 m high laterite cliffs overlooking the vast deep Arabian Sea.
Though it has the reputation of a beach town, however first and foremost it is a temple town: the most important beach is the Papnasham beach – a Hindu holy spot which is overlooked by the popular Janardhan temple.
Varkala makes the perfect get out for those who want an escape from the daily jumble of modern life.
Madurai, the temple city of India is one of the oldest cities in the existence of our country. A place of historical significance this city is a place of architectural wonders, natural beauty, and never falls short to surprise.
Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai has a significant place in Hindu mythologies. According to a legend, Lord Shiva has blessed the city. It is believed that in his dream nectar fell from his hair giving the city its name- Madhurapuri.
Madurai is popularly known for its Meenakshi Amman temple. The temple receives thousands of visitors every year and leaves everyone mesmerized by its brilliant architecture, sculptures, and vibrant use of colors.
Madurai is rightly called the Athens of the east, with so many architectural marvels from contributions by the mighty dynasties from the south.
After marveling on the architectural sites and the Darshans go relax in the bazaars and relish the mouth tingling south Indian cuisine.
It doesn’t matter if you are a follower of Buddhism or not, nevertheless anyone would kill for stability and peace of mind. Bodh Gaya is the first place to pop into your head when you think of peace and Buddha.
Located in Bihar, this place is popular as the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. While you are there you must visit –
The Mahabodhi temple, the tallest statue of Gautama Buddha, the Bodhi Vruksha whose demolition was attempted so many times but still stands strong. The different Buddhist monasteries built in the name of Buddha by Thailand, China, Tibet, Vietnam, and many other countries.
Relax at the Bodhgaya multimedia museum while learning about the inspiring life of Buddha, walk through the shopper’s haven – the Tibetan refugee market and of course, meditate.
Ramoji film city
Ah! This is one hell of an aesthetic place for movie lovers, vintage obsessed and movie making geeks and yeah also for spending some quality family time together.
Spread around over 1666 acres of land area, Ramoji film city holds the record for being the biggest film city in the world.
This place has tons to offer- movie sets, how movies are made, parks, gardens, many engaging and fun activities, eat-outs, even a party-like gathering hosted in the evening and so much more. Though I’ll admit that cinema seems less magical and uninteresting when you see the sets and green screens however the effort put in to make everything so realistic and wholesome to experience is worth it.
Daman and Diu
This union territory is called – the ‘piece of Portuguese in India’ for its colonial-style buildings and is known for its bustling nightlife and beaches. The colonial forts provide a semi-modern feel, more than that Daman and Diu is the perfect combination of Indian, African, European, and tribal cultures.
Explore for yourself the arts and crafts, unwind on the sun-bathed beaches, and savor the popular seafood at garden restaurants.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Amritsar? Yes, the Golden Temple and also the gold aesthetic.
This city of Amritsar in Punjab is a place of historical significance that goes beyond the one incident of the Jallianwala bagh massacre. The major religion practiced here is Sikhism and the majestic golden temple is the prominent spiritual site of Sikhism.
Other than the golden temple witness the patriotism of both worlds on the Wagah border, go to Sadda Pind and do not forget to tantalize your taste buds at Urban Haat Food Street.