Places In India That Are An Art Enthusiast’s Dream
Shilpgram village near Udaipur was conceived as a living museum to create awareness about Rajasthan’s rural life and its art, craft, and heritage. It offers an opportunity to artists and musicians to conduct workshops and showcase their talent. Club Mahindra Udaipur offers you the perfect luxury and indulgence to balance your rural experience at Shilpgram. The resort too offers an experience of the folk culture of Rajasthan.
Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu. It houses a group of ancient rock-cut monuments built by the Pallava dynasty during the 7th and 8th centuries. The monuments exemplify the Hindu religion and culture of the time and depict religious or mythological figures and events. Some of these structures have been carved from a single gigantic rock and stand gracefully even today. The beauty of the structures has earned Mahabalipuram the title of an ‘open-air museum’.
Puducherry, previously Pondicherry, is famous for its French influence. Described as a less crowded version of Goa, it has a sea-facing promenade, beaches, and pretty little cafes. The ‘white town’ has neat and colourful houses, cafes, and streets. Auroville is another attraction. You can explore the town on foot or on rented bicycles. Try your hand at activities such as aqua yoga, zorbing, and quad biking. Or take culinary classes at Club Mahindra Puducherry, which provides a host of indoor as well as outdoor activities. Or you can simply lounge around at the resort or at the beach.
Jantar Mantar is a group of five astronomical observatories in north India constructed by the highly educated Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur, who wished to create permanent platforms for observation of the night sky. Built between 1734 and 1730, the Jantar Mantar observatories are specially designed in different geometric shapes for different astronomical studies. This fascinating set of monuments should interest students, astronomers, and architects, but is not too widely known.
The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, known for its salt marshes, is a land full of vibrant natural beauty and cultural heritage. The Rann Utsav, which happens every year in winter, is a celebration of art, music, dance, food, and culture. It showcases the beauty of the salt desert in the chilly moonlight. Art enthusiasts should definitely experience the Rann Utsav.
While everyone knows about the fast-paced life of the city that never sleeps, not everyone has explored the British influence on this city. The Victorian and Gothic styled buildings such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, St Xavier’s College, the High Court, the University of Mumbai, and Wilson College are some examples of the Victorian architecture that the city takes pride in. The beautiful stretch of Marine Drive, with the Arabian sea on one side, boasts of a large collection of art deco-style buildings. It should delight every architect, artist, and art enthusiast looking for structures that have stories to tell.
Anyone fascinated by the tale of romance of the mighty Bajirao and the incredible Mastani laid out by Sanjay Leela Bhansali should visit these two destinations in Pune. Shaniwar Wada, constructed by the great Bajirao himself, offers a peek into the history of the Peshwa rule with its once-magnificent structures. Mastani Mahal, quarters built for the beautiful Mastani, has now been converted into the Raja Kelkar Museum. It houses beautiful paintings, glittering chandeliers, and artefacts that bring alive Mastani’s era.
So, where have you decided to head next?The state of Goa was formerly a stronghold of the Portuguese and their influence is still strong. Beyond its beaches and parties, Goa has beautiful churches, both small and large, providing both aesthetic beauty and spiritual tranquillity to visitors. With three Club Mahindra Resorts in the state – Acacia Palms, Emerald Palms, and Varca Beach – you can enjoy your dose of sun, sand, and hammocks after you are done with your spiritual excursions.