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    With dazzling combination of natural beauty, fascinating festivals and a mélange of traditions, India is truly full of experiences for every traveler. So, here’s a list of 38 most colorful places in India that will make your heart skip a beat.

    1. Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand

    Vivid flower display in Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand

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    Without doubt, Valley of flowers is one of the most colorful places in India and the world. A popular meadow for endemic alpine flowers and dazzling natural beauty, it is home to the rare and vivid flowers such as orchids, poppies, primulas, marigold, daisies and anemones. The beautiful flowers cover the entire landscape and cloud the mind with their vivid colours.

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    2. Varanasi Ghats

    Varanasi Ghats in Uttar Pradesh

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    Number two on our list of colorful places in India are the ghats that are home to a diverse range of entrepreneurs, vendors, priests, sadhus, and families, all united by a deference to Ganga. The Ganga Aarti here is an experience that must not be missed.

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    3. Jodhpur

    View of blue houses of Jodhpur City

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    A curiously blue construct on the edge of the desert, Jodhpur looks striking from the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort perched above the city. While in Rajasthan, Jodhpur has to be on your list of colorful places to visit in India.

    4. Sandakphu Trek in West Bengal

    Rhododendrons on the Sandakphu Trek in West Bengal

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    Sandakphu Trek is popular for viewing four of the tallest mountains in the world. But during the months of April and May this trail is filled with bright pink Rhododendron flowers that stretch for many miles turning the forest hills into a surreal combination of pink and green.

    5. Kanchendzonga Dance in Sikkim

    A lama performing the masked dance in Sikkim

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    The vivid Kanchendzonga Dance in Sikkim displays the dancers performing in a lion costume that represents the snow lion. This masked dance is performed during the worship ritual of the snowy range of Kanchenjunga and is truly a spectacular sight.

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    6. Pipli, Orissa

    Appliqué work being sold in Pipli village in Odisha

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    Peepli is on the list of the most colorful places to visit in India for all the craft lovers. A walk into the Pipli Village is the same as being hit by a loud burst of color. Shops after shops in this village sell beautiful appliqué work for the annual Jagannath Yatra and are famous for experimentation with color for non-ceremonial items such as bags, cushion covers and bed sheet.

    7. Rann Utsav in Kutch

    Village boy decorating a camel at Rann Utsav in Kutch

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    Nothing treats your eyes better than the vibrant hues spread across the surreal white salt land – Rann of Kutch, indeed is one of the most colorful place in India. Visit the Rann Utsav Festival in December and experience the amazing array of activities including the desert festival, folk dances, hot air ballooning, camping and camel safaris.

    8. Lathmar Holi in Barsana

    A colourful display during Lathmar Holi in Barsana

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    You have not celebrated Holi in India till you have witnessed Lath Mar holi in the sprawling compound of the Radha Rani temple in Barsana. Women beat up men with sticks as those on the sidelines become hysterical, sing Holi Songs and shout Sri Radhey or Sri Krishna.

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    9. Visa God Temple in Hyderabad

    View of Chilkur Balaji in Hyderabad

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    Popularly called as the Visa God temple, those who expect to go overseas flock to the temple seeking the blessings of Balaji. The temple is one of the oldest in the Telangana region-built about half a million years ago.

    10. Mustard Fields in Punjab

    Lush widespread mustard fields in Punjab

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    One of the most colorful places in the world is the land of five rivers – Punjab, the most fertile & agriculturally rich state in India. Nothing gets better than witnessing the picturesque landscapes of lush widespread mustard fields.

    11. Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad

    A bangle shop in Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad

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    Shiny, bright and colourful, this traditional old market located near Charminaar, is famous for the large variety of beautiful bangles that would make you go crazy with its sheer exuberance. Be prepared to walk and bargain, though.

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    12. Khari Baoli in Old Delhi

    Spices being sold in Khari Baoli in Old Delhi

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    Prepare to be engulfed into an aroma of hundreds of spices that will tantalize your nose and eyes. Khari Baoli in Old Delhi, Asia’s largest spice market is a unique experience to visit with huge quantities of spices being loaded, carried and sold.

    13. Rajasthani Thali

    A view of the Rajasthani Thali

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    A traditional Rajasthani thali depicts a brilliant play of gourmet preparations on a plate of epic proportions. It includes a varied number of vegetarian and non vegetarian curries, Dal baati choorma, pickles, special breads, raitas, butermilk, sweetened lassi and desserts.

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    14. Wazwan meal in Kashmir

    Wazwan meal served in Kashmir

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    Wazwan is a delectable aromatic banquet of Kashmir best experienced on a completely empty stomach. A 36 course meal, almost all the dishes are made from lamb or chicken and is considered an art form in the region.

    15. Theyyam

    Theyyam being performed in Kerala

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    Staged in various temples of North Kerala, Theyyam is an exceptional and colorful ritual dance form seen in the districts of Kannur and Kasargod. The colorful pageantry, the enthusiastic crowd and the religious fervor make it an exceptional view.

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    16. Golden Temple Complex in Coorg

    Golden statues in Golden Temple Complex in Coorg

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    The second largest Tibetan settlement in India, the Namdroling Nyingmapa with the Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple is an area full of culture and colourful paintings and beautiful golden statues of Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus.

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    17. Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh

    Entry of the Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh

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    Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world outside Lhasa, Tibet. And during the Torgya Festival the famed masked dances here make the visit even more special.

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    18. Durga Puja in Kolkata

    An artist painting the idol of goddess Durga in Kolkata

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    The festival of Durga Puja is a grand affair in Kolkata. Infinite pandals line the streets and the City of Joy transforms into a place emitting unprecedented happiness and vibrant colors.

    19. Saffron Fields in Pampore

    Saffron Fields in Pampore in Kashmir

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    The only place in the world besides Spain to grow Saffron, Pampore is a sleepy hamlet which accounts for major production of the spice in India. The beautiful lavender fields here are a sight to behold.

    20. Dasara celebrations in Mysore

    Performers in the Jamboo Savari in Mysore

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    On Vijayadashmi, Mysore witness the Jamboo Savari where brightly decorated royal elephants walks the streets mounted with a 750-kilogram gold altar carrying the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari. Tens of thousands of people line up to watch these regal elephants along with horses, camels, musicians, dancers, acrobats making it a vivid sight of colour and culture.

    21. Hornbill festival in Nagaland

    Naga tribal men during the Hornbill Festival

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    Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the North East celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Nagas. Naga tribes come together in Kisama for a colorful display of traditional dances, sports, songs and local cuisines for an experience that is truly remarkable.

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    22. Pushkar Camel Mela

    Cameleers trading Camels in Pushkar mela

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    A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas of Rajasthan. This festival is a sight to behold with hundreds of cameleers buying and selling camels and competitions like matka phod, longest moustache as well as camels races and dance competitions.

    23. Kathakali

    A Kathakali artist performing the dance form

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    One of the oldest theatre forms in the world Kathakali as an amalgam of literature, painting, dance, music, and acting. The artistic costumes and the colourful makeup along with traditional storytelling makes a Kathakali performance an enthralling experience.

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    24. Chilka Lake bird sanctuary

    Migratory birds in Chilka Lake in Odisha

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    The Chilka Lake is the most beautiful brackish water lake in Asia and famous as a wintering ground for migratory birds in India. The pear-shaped lake is one of the best bird watching spots in India.

    25. Lavasa

    A view of Lavasa’s colorful architecture from the bridge

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    This contemporary city is one of the most colorful places in India and boasts of its vibrant European architecture, set by the river amidst luscious verdant slopes.

    26. Holi Cow festival in New Delhi

    People playing with colors during Holi Cow festival in Delhi

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    Revel in a blast of colour, music and art at Holy Cow. This colourful retreat features music along with visual artists and performance artists. It’s a holi celebration that you will never forget.

    27. Tulip Garden in Kashmir

    Flowers in the Tulip Garden in Kashmir

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    Located at the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountains and on the banks of the Dal Lake, Asia’s largest tulips gardens with over 60 varieties of Tulips are a sight to behold. Kashmir is undoubtedly offers the best colorful experience in India.

    28. Rock Garden of Chandigarh

    Sculptures in Rock Garden of Chandigarh

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    Rock Garden near Sukhna Lake is a unique collection of sculptures made of scrap and wastes items such as water bottles, broken glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots and electrical waste. Nestled amidst 20 acres of woods, it is an open air exhibition hall and a miniature maze of vast fantasy art and landscape.

    29. Dal Lake in Srinagar

    Shikaras in Dal Lake in Srinagar

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    Dal Lake is a beautiful sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains around. Painted shikaras skiff around the lake, transporting flowers, vegetables and people making it the most colorful place in the world.

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    30. Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

    View of the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

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    Located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River the Meenakshi Amman Temple houses 14 magnificent towers. Each of these visually dazzling towers is covered with thousands of stone figures of animals, demons and gods of Hindu tradition to create maximum visual impact.

    31. Puli Kali in Thrissur

    Performers dancing during Puli Kali in Thrissur

    Puli Kali, celebrated in Thrissur dictrict of Kerala on the fourth day of Onam is one colourful spectacle bursting with energy. Painted in bright yellow, red and black, performers take to the street, dancing to traditional folk beats.

    32. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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    earth. With opaque emerald waters surrounded by primeval jungles, mangrove forests and snow-white beaches Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a paradise without a question. Havelock is a glorious location to see the coral reef and the beautiful aquatic life.

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    33. Snake boat race in Kerala

    Snake boat race in Kerala

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    Held along the river at Champakkulam near Alleppey, the Snake boat races are a sight to behold. It is a 400-year-old tradition where each snake boat occupies 100 oarsmen making it the largest team sport in the world.

    34. Makar Sankranti in Gujarat

    International Kite Festival held on Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad

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    International Kite Festival is held at Ahmedabad , to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. With a display exotic kites of various designs and shapes it is a spectacular show in the sky.

    35. The rare bloom of Neelakurinji in Munnar

    Neelakurinji Bloom in Eravikulam National Park in Munnar

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    The beautiful hill station of Munnar is home to the rare lavender colored flower of Neelakurinji that blooms only once in 12 years. The best place to see the striking color spread is inside the Eravikulam National Park.

    36. Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh

    Magnificent Deodar forests in Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh

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    Often called as India’s Switzerland, Khajjiar is a picturesquely set hill station in the midst of dense pine and magnificent Deodar forests. It is a beautifully colorful place to visit in India.

    37. Devaraja market in Mysore

    Shop selling incense stick, perfume and colour powder at Devaraja Market

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    Devaraja market is traditional market place that is colorful, noisy, vibrant and a tad chaotic. It is an apt place to get a flavor of Mysore. With more than 100 years of history, this market sells everything from brightly coloured Marigolds, fruits, colour powders, incense sticks to perfumes and a whole lot more.

    38. Dzukou Valley in Kohima

    Pink rhododendron in Dzukou Valley in Kohima

    Last on our list of colorful places in India is the Dzoku Valley in the North East India. Situated at a height of nearly 1500 m above sea level, Dzukou Valley turns into a beautiful sight with a mixture of rhododendrons, lilies and wild flowers in their full bloom during the winter and spring season.

    Which of these colorful delights have you experienced? Share with us in comments below.

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