Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Meditation – Finding Inner Peace
Rishikesh is one of the popular destinations for spiritual awakening and tourist who visit here, tend to indulge in yoga and meditation schools or even go for Meditation teacher training. Meditation is a practice to train the mind to know our self spiritually. In Rishikesh, you can find various types of yoga and meditation courses conducted in the Rishikesh meditation and yoga ashrams. Meditation is being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself. Surrounded by the enormous Himalayan range and the holy river Ganga in Rishikesh, the peace and serenity is immensely present there. Rishikesh is the most suitable place for a meditation holiday and you can indulge in silent meditation, tantra meditation, etc. The best Rishikesh ashrams that you can visit are Patanjali International Yoga Foundation and Anand Prakash Ashram.
An oldest and renowned theatre form in the world is the art of dance drama from Kerala. Kathakali, as it is called is of the story play genre giving life to epic characters of legends and folklore of the surreal world. The 300 year old dance form has the facets of ballet, opera and pantomime, showcases folk mythologies and legends. The dance has excellent footwork coupled with impressive gestures of the face and hands and vibrant make up with costumes and facemasks. This art of storytelling can be seen at major temples in Kerala; a visual treat that you cannot afford to miss. Art lovers can quench their thirst with this wonderful blend of colour, music and expression, which is unparalleled in any other art form. This cultural heritage of Kerala is sure to leave you captivated and open mouthed with its dance and expressions.
Folk Show at Bagore ki Haveli
Dharohar Dance show at Bagore-ki- haveli is the best evening excursion that you will see in Udaipur. The cultural event features magic shows, puppet dance, folk dance, tribal dance, and more reflecting the beautiful Indian culture and tradition. The Dharohar Dance show starts exactly at 7 pm every day on the terrace named Neem Chowk. It is an amazing fusion of light, dance, music and singing. The different form of arts includes The Chari Dance, where the dancers dance with ignited brass pots on their heads. The Tehra Taal Dance, where dancers play 13 different manjiras. The Gorbandh dance, where dancers wear ornaments and dance in complete abandon. The Ghumar dance and The Bhavai dance are some other forms. A nominal charge of Rs 60 is charged. The folk artist performance is amazing and truly a glimpse of the rich local culture which one should not miss.
Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery
Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery treasures a diverse collection that is known to be gathered by Maharaja Sayajirao III during his time. The museum houses a variety of statues and carvings from various Asian regions, some zoological exhibits and an Egyptian room. The gallery contains exemplary miniatures of Mughal which are adored by visitors. The Museum and the Picture Gallery are constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and are placed as two different bodies. The gallery is comparatively smaller in size and the design depicts the European brick style. It also contains Indian columns with open roof. The picture gallery houses some masterpieces which are appreciated by the visitors and are responsible for attracting the art lovers. Truly, this place is a reflection of the rich artwork of Vadodara and should never be missed.
Get Tattooed in Old Manali
In the recent times, Manali is not only known for its scenic mountains or adventure sports but also for its growing appetite for tattooing. The youth and veterans alike are being lured by the calm and scenic ambiance of the surroundings. Getting inked is a way of symbolizing one’s freedom and outlook on life. It is a way of asserting control over one’s body as well as a medium of expressing one’s emotions. It is as much of a spiritual journey as it is a physical one. Manali offers numerous locations where one can get artworks on their body while enjoying the serenity and spirituality of the surrounding mountains.
Sobha Singh Art Gallery
The Sobha Singh Art Gallery at Andretta is a quaint, family maintained museum. Run by the great artist’s daughter, Gursharan Kaur, this used to be his home and work studio before his demise in 1986. Some of his really breath-taking artworks are displayed here. For art lovers this is a must visit destination especially if you have seen the works of this gifted artist.
Naam Art Gallery
Naam Art Gallery is a popular tourist spot in Dharamshala. Naam Art Gallery is an artisan’s dream painted with lush green surroundings. It is a beautiful privately owned art gallery with works of the most contemporary artists of the recent times. You will see the paintings that are extraordinary and breathtaking. It was opened in 2010 by Elizabeth Buschmann who hails from Germany. Along with her works, paintings of D.W. Hallett, a renowned English painter, have also been displayed. The preferences of both the painters are different. Buschmann uses water colors and acrylics and exhibits the innocence and the serenity of the mountains and the surroundings through art. She tries to connect intellect with reality. While Hallett’s works were made of oil paints and felicitates the culture and the essence of Himachal Pradesh.
Kanchi Kudil House
One of the best cultural destinations of South India is the Kanchi Kudil House, a typical South Indian styled museum in Kanchipuram. The house gives a warm welcome to the visitors with beautifully drawn rangolis in the frontend. The museum proudly depicts the ancient history of Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is famous for its huge temples and pure silk sarees. In this house you can come across some finely woven silk pieces and miniature models of temples. The museum will put you in awe with its numerous rooms and an assortment of antiques on display. You will get a taste of South India with the plantain leaves and traditional kolams. The walls of the house are lined with paintings and pictures of women clad in silk sarees with traditional pieces of jewellery. You will also come across an exhibit of dolls known as the golu.
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