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10 Most Colorful Cities in India

India is a land of many colors. Thanks to its diverse geography, you can find all kinds of colors across India’s terrain. Add to it the fact that there is some festival or the other going on every month and you will see that India is home to a number of vibrant destinations with a vibrant atmosphere. While a number of travelers like spending time in quiet, secluded places to relax and rejuvenate, there are also those who want to soak in the culture of a country by visiting its most colorful destinations. If you are one of those, then this is the list for you. (ALSO SEE Worlds Most Gorgeous Beaches to Travel) Here are the most colorful places in India that deserve your visit at least once. Also Download Free Game -Top 10 Games Like GTA For Android and iOS in 2021

On the occasion of this Holi-Dhuleti Rangotsav, let's talk about the cities of India which are world famous for their distinctive colors.

1.Chennai: Rainbow City

Chennai: Rainbow City
Chennai: Rainbow City | by: silverkris

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is not painted in a single color. Its identity is the rainbow. Many of the city’s constructions are ancient. Many constructions have taken place even in the modern era. Considered a flyover city, Chennai is also culturally rich. Many temples are 1200 years old. To reinforce this multicolored image of Chennai, there is a temple called Rainbow. This temple contains all the colors of the rainbow. The buildings of the city are also affected by this temple. Rainbow colors are found in many buildings in the area called Old City.

The construction style of temples in South India is very different. The temples of South India are also distinguished by vibrant colors. Many colors are preferred in these temples. Different sections like stones-pillars-peaks were decorated with different colors. The peaks of the Rainbow Temple are also decorated with different colors. Chennai is also known as the Rainbow City because of its rainbow colors.

2.Gandhinagar-Chandigarh-Thiruvananthapuram: Green City

Dinosaurs Park
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Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, is known across the country as a green city with 54 to 55 per cent green cover. The lush greenery in Gandhinagar is eye-catching due to the trees and gardens. The city of Gandhinagar has been in the green cover since its inception and fortunately it has been maintained for so many years. The joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is also called the Green City. There are 26 varieties of flowers in the city and a variety of 6 types of trees. Almost all the roads in the city are covered with trees on both sides.

It is the third greenest city in the country. Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is the most famous green city in South India. Thus, greenery is found in many cities of South India, but Thiruvananthapuram is unique in all of them. Mysore is known as the Green City of Karnataka. This tag got it because of the greencover. In the last few decades, Mysore has been ranked first-second or third in the ranking of cities with a population of less than one million. Apart from this, Bhopal is called the green city of Madhya Pradesh. So Dehradun is considered the green city of Uttarakhand. Shimla is revered as the Green City of Himachal Pradesh.

3. Puducherry: Yellow City

The French Consulate building
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Puducherry, the largest city in the Union Territory of Puducherry, is the Yellow City of the country. Puducherry belonged to the French colony. Founded in 1674, the city has many French-style structures. Many of these buildings are yellow in color. In Puducherry, government offices and walls were painted yellow. That color has not yet descended from Puducherry. Still new coffee-shops or hotels are painted in the same color. The little tall buildings of the small and quiet city are seen in a disciplined yellow dress. Formerly known as Paris, the city is a popular tourist destination in South India.

The city is a model in India for its French-style constructions and town planning. Churches and temples built in the 18th and 19th centuries are now a cultural heritage site. A number of buildings, including the French Consulate's office, the French Institute of Puducherry, the Mahakavi Museum, and Lal Bahadur Shastri Street, float throughout Puducherry because of its yellow color, giving the same Puducherry the identity of the Yellow City.

4. Jesalmer: Golden City

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Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is the Golden City. The reason behind this recognition is its golden sand and golden fort. This Golden City has also been a World Heritage Site since 2013. The city has a history of being built around the 19th century. It was known as Jaisalmer as it was built by Raval Jaisal. Jaisalmer means - the castle of Jaisalmer.

The Jain temples in Jaisalmer also have a distinct historical heritage. The city was not specifically designed as a golden city when it was built, but the golden sand and city buildings gradually painted the entire city golden.

Jaisalmer is also culturally rich. Tourists from all over the world come and go throughout the year to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of Jaisalmer and to see the unique sandy region and return with its golden enchanted souvenirs.

5. Amritsar: Second Golden City

Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden City Amritsar resides in the Punjab and translates to "Lake of Amrut". The whole city was built on the famous Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, from where the culture originated. The Golden Temple invites passionate Sikhs from different parts of the world. They serve food to millions of devotees every day. St. Paul's Church, St. Patrick's Church and Khairuddin Mosque, Jama Masjid Deen, all are against the belief that it is a place for Sikhs only.

Many buildings in Amritsar, Punjab have been erected since the Middle Ages. Witnessing the religious-cultural tradition of Punjab, these buildings are of golden color and the whole city has got the identity of Golden City. A glass of Chaas in the morning from the locals is enough to keep you going for the rest of the day!

6. Kolkata: Black City

Dakhineshwar Temple beside the Hoogly, West Bengal
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The city of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is painted black with the black color of Kalimata, which was further darkened by the British. The city also looks dark because of the mother temples made of black stones. In British times many buildings were made of black stone. Many of these buildings are still in attendance.

One of the reasons behind the so-called Black City is the British prisoners. An incident occurred in 1756. West Bengal was ruled by Sirajudaula. The capital was Murshidabad. There was a confrontation between the British troops and the Nawab's army, in which the captured British prisoners were kept in the Calcutta dungeon. It is also said that 123 Englishmen were killed in that prison. Because of this, there are legends that the British called the incident a black hole and in the circle of British officials, Kolkata was called a black city.

From time to time the British made Kolkata their capital. The British then built black stone government buildings in the city, hence the city came to be known as the Black City of India. The city has got this identity because of the temples that were built for the worship of Kalimata.

7. Cuttack: Silver City

Cuttack Bali Yatra Gate
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Cuttack in Odisha is known as the Silver City because the city is famous for its wonderful silverware. The city is considered the hub of the textile industry in eastern India. The textile industry contributes crores of rupees to the city's revenue. The artisans of Cuttack are unique for silver jewelery. Cuttack is also known for its crafts.

The city leads into a thousand year old history. The city was established and developed by the Kesari dynasty kings in the 10th century. King Nrup Kesari founded the city in AD. Built between 989 and 1002 and gave it the status of capital. A wall was built around it to protect the city. Cuttack was also the capital of the Gangavansh and Suryavanshi kingdoms after the Kesari dynasty. For a thousand years, Cuttack was revered as the capital of Odisha.

Cuttack is considered to be the land of skilled artisans. Sculptures and paintings are also created in the city where Benmoon is made of silver jewelry. The city has produced many skilled artists from different fields, which is why Silver City Cuttack is called the cultural capital of Odisha.

8. Jaipur: Pink City

Pink City, Jaipur, India
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The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is known all over the world as the Pink City. It is said that Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II of Jaipur decorated the whole of Jaipur with pink in 1876 before the arrival of Queen Victoria in India. It was celebrated in India when Queen Victoria of Britain became the official Queen of India. As part of it, Jaipur was painted pink for the first time. After that Maharaja Ram Singh made a law in the state that all the buildings and houses in Jaipur would remain pink. Even after India became independent, the people maintained that law.

It has become an unwritten rule to keep the color of any building in Jaipur still pink. Maharaja Ram Singh made active efforts to make the city a forerunner in the field of education and health like the then capital of British India, Calcutta. He set up a streetlight and water supply system in Jaipur in the style of Calcutta. Jaipur was founded in 1093 by Dula Rai. The medieval name of the city was Amber, today's Jaipur was built in the 18th century during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. In 2019, the World Heritage Committee gave Jaipur the adjective Pink City of India. Many buildings in Jaipur have been declared World Heritage Sites.

9. Udaipur: White City

Evening view, City Palace, Udaipur
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The city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is known in the country as the White City. The whole of Udaipur is white. Numerous buildings in Udaipur are made of white ash and there are a number of lakes in the city. The shadow of white buildings is absorbed in the lakes so the whiteness becomes more shiny! This city of lakes was built in 1559. Maharaja Uday Singh II established the city and made it the capital of Mewar state. Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till 1818. The magnificent heritage of Mewar state can be seen in the city.

The elevated buildings on the banks of the lakes offer a beautiful view. The city is also called the Venice of the East. James Todd, a British official interested in developing Indian tourist destinations in the 19th century, noted that Udaipur was one of the most romantic destinations in India.

Jagmandir, Lake Palace, City Palace, Kesariaji Temple, Jagdish Temple, Gulabbagh, Pratap Park etc. have given a special kind of white color to Udaipur. Most of the buildings were built in the 16th to 17th centuries. Numerous tourists visit Udaipur every year to see the cultural heritage of the city. White City Udaipur has also been seen in many film-TV serials.

10. Jodhpur: Blue City

Blue City: Jodhpur

The city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan looks blue from an aerial view. There was no strategy or plan behind making Jodhpur blue, but over time the whole city turned blue as people spontaneously started painting their walls blue. It is said that a few years ago the Brahmo Samaj of the city started painting houses with blue paint. The houses of the Brahmins were falling apart from the blue. Gradually other people also started painting houses with blue paint and thus almost the whole of Jodhpur turned blue.

It is also claimed that the people of Jodhpur painted the houses blue because of the belief that the walls were not infested with insects. Gradually it became a known tradition. Now all the houses, old and new, are painted blue. As a result, the city of Jodhpur is known throughout India as the Blue City. The historic city of Jodhpur was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha of Mandor. The culture of Jodhpur is known by the locals as Jodhana. Tourists from all over the world come to Jodhpur. Apart from the blue color of Jodhpur, culture, food and sweets are also the center of attraction for tourists. If the journey to Jodhpur is completed without eating Mewa Kachori and Mirchi Vada, then the journey is considered incomplete!

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