Top Indian Destinations to visit for art lovers
Since ancient times, almost every century in the History of Indian art has seen the birth of impressive monuments and works of art. If you’re enthusiastic or curious about art or simply an art lover, and travelling to the Indian sub-continent, these vacation destinations should be swimming around at the top of your bucket list!
The vibrant art scene of Jaipur, which includes everything from dance, music, and architecture to visual arts and handicrafts, is well known. Art lovers are sure to be excited by the Hawa Mahal and Raj Mandir Cinema. The Ajmer Fort, which has played a significant role in history, culture, and even films, is one of the most spectacular sites. Last but not least, you can go to Jantar Mantar, which is not only lovely but also allows our imaginations to soar into space and gives us a glimpse into a universe beyond our own.
The Vijay Nagar Empire once had Hampi as its capital. Every year, it draws tens of thousands of visitors and art enthusiasts from around the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well. The heritage site is home to a number of captivating locations, including the beautiful stone chariot ,queens bath, virupaksha temple, and vijay vittala temple. It is fascinating to see the intricately crafted temples and statues. For those who enjoy art, this is a must-see location.
The Khajuraho Group of Temples in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India with the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures which are met with skepticism by many but are just meant to appease malevolent spirits. For art lovers, it is worth visiting to experience the scale and magnitude at which these temples have been constructed and decorated.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal in Agra, needs no introduction. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan (in the early 1600s) for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it one of the favourite destinations, for art lovers and general tourists. The beautiful carvings at this world-famous white marble mausoleum and the pietra dura work are worth seeing at least once in your lifetime. The image below shows the front entrance of the monument. Art lovers across the world flock to see this eternal symbol of the love of an emperor for his wife.
Traditional Madhubani art, commonly referred to as Mithila painting, is centered in the Mithila region of Bihar. It is one of the earliest forms of art. Five subdistricts make up the area, where Madhubani art has been practised for many generations. It's delightful how vibrant the colours are used, and how scenes from nature are shown. The towns in the region are often painted with Madhubani art. It is a must visit place for art lovers to understand the culture and history of Mithila art.
The Sidi Sayed Mosque is famed for its exquisite jali windows, spider web fine, depicting the intricate intertwining branches of the 'tree of life' that is best seen from the road that runs along the back of the mosque. As attested by the marble tablet fixed on the wall of the mosque, it was built by Sidi Saiyyid in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, general in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate. The mosque was built in the last year of the existence of Gujarat Sultanate.