A Look at India's Most Colorful Cities

By Jessica Russo

Close your eyes and picture a kaleidoscope of color: rainbow temples, pastel-painted buildings, vibrant spice and fruit markets, gilded statues, and brilliantly patterened textiles. India is a whimsical wonderland of vivid color and ornate detail.

If you've always dreamed of visiting the vibrant fantasyland you see in movies and postcards, here are cities you'll definitely want to check out.

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Must-See Sites:

  • Amber Palace
  • Hawa Mahal
  • City Palace

โ€œThe Pink Cityโ€ is bursting with vibrancy and culture. Dotted with stunning pastel-painted palaces and temples, Jaipur is a mesmerizing kaleidescope of royal beauty.


Must-See Sites:

  • Ganges River
  • Ghats
  • Ramnagar Fort
  • Vishwanath Temple

Nestled on the Ganges River, this ancient city is known as the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi's incredible temples and shrines draw tons of Hindu pilgrims, who make sure to take a "holy bath" in the Ganges River's sacred waters.


Must-See Sites:

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Koodal Azhagar Temple
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Alagar Koyil

Set in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu, this energetic, ancient city boasts some of the most colorful temples in all of India. Feast your eyes on Meenakshi Amman Temple's stunning skyline of 14 "gopurams" (gateway towers), which are covered in vibrant carvings of Hindu gods!

New Delhi

Must-See Sites:

  • Red Fort, Qutub Minar
  • Humayun's Tomb
  • India Gate
  • Jama Masjid
  • Lotus Temple
  • Akshardham Temple

This colorful capital city is an urban metropolis of amazing architecture and traditional culture. Visit 15th- and 16th-century landmarks and browse vibrant markets!


Must-See Sites:

  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple
  • Santhome Cathedral
  • Marina Beach

Nestled on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, this beachfront city is home to colorful Dravidian style temples, stunning shrines, and sparkling coastal beauty.


Must-See Sites:

  • Srirangam Temple
  • Rock Fort Temple

Also known as "Tiruchirappalli," this candy-colored ancient city is known for its sacred Hindu sites which include temples, shrines, and carved gopurams. Feel your eyes widen as you step in front of the colorful structures that dominate the city.


Must-See Sites:

  • Auroville
  • White Town
  • Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Also known as "Puducherry," this beachfront city is overtaken by ornate architecture and rainbow-colored homes & buildings. Once a French colonial settlement, this city boasts a picture-perfect French Quarter lined with trees, chic boutiques, and pastel-colored colonial villas.


Must-See Site:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

Of course, Agra is home to the one and only Taj Mahal! This bustling city, however, is also home to tons of other colorful structures. Stroll down bustling streets lined with restaurants, shops, and local vendors.

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