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Five aesthetically well planned cities to visit in India after Covid19 Lockdown

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

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Discovering diverse communities, promoting peace and compassion, caring for the planet, continuing to learn, supporting good employment, development and sustainability, providing new possibilities for everyone are the fundamental values of tourism advocated by the World Tourism Organisation. Because of COVID-19 and its extremely significant lock-down program, we are all eager to set up our travel wings to move to a new destination as soon as possible, so we will make a difference to the tourism industry by local travel. So here's a rundown of the five cities scheduled for your next exploration in India.


City 1: Jaipur

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PLAN OF JAIPUR CITY (Image Courtesy: https://magazine.machimach.com/)

The city of Jaipur was established in 1727 by Jai Singh, under the architectural guidance of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, on the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra. The construction of the city started in 1726 and it took four years to construct the major roads, structures and palaces. The city was divided into nine sections, including two state buildings and palaces, and the remaining seven were distributed to the city. Massive ramparts were installed, penetrated by seven guarded gates. The arrangement of the streets is relatively normal and their orientation is compatible with the movements of wind and the illumination of the sun and the moon. To greet the visit of Prince of Wales in 1853, the whole city was painted in pink. Avenues are still built in pink today, giving the city a distinctive feel, still renowned as 'Pink City.' #jaipur

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ALBERT HALL MUSEUM (Image Courtesy: Maps of India)

Besides being regarded as India's most famous cities, Jaipur has a tale of its own, and the city is overflowing with hidden treasures to discover. Just a description of the city of Jaipur evokes numerous memories of folklore and festivals, colours, traditions, compelling architecture and exquisite Rajasthan cuisine. The Albert Hall Museum, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Mandir, Galtaji Temple, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Sanghi Ji Jain Temple are among the attractions of tourists.

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JAL MAHAL (Image Courtesy: Unsplash)


City 2: Gandhinagar

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Gandhinagar is India's first modern state capitol built and developed by Indian city planners, H. K. Mewada and Prakash M. Apte have a vision of merging the lifestyle of the 21st century with the prosperous and moral values of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhinagar is built around the banks of the Sabarmati River, with the main town on the west side of the river on about 42.9 km² of ground, and the location is gently sloping from the north-east to the south-west. It consists of thirty divisions, is a tightly organized community with a well-ordered street grid of lines, separated into two forms of streets, comparable to U.S. avenues and squares. Gandhinagar is India's tree capital with 54% green ground cover and a host of gardens and parks, such as Indroda fossil park, Puneet van, Sarita Udyan, etc. #gandhinagar

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AKSHARDHAM GANDHINAGAR (Image Courtesy: The Financial Express)
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INDRODA FOSSIL PARK (Image Courtesy: Outlook India)

If there is a beautiful, cosmopolitan, and friendly place in Gujarat, then it must be Gandhinagar. With the tag of the cleanest city in Asia, Gandhinagar should be visited to witness a beautiful environment, a blend of history and culture. Other tourist attractions include Akshardham Temple, Adalaj Stepwell, Rani Roopmati Mosque, Capital City, Craftsmen's Village, etc.



City 3: Auroville

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PLAN OF AUROVILLE (Image Courtesy: auroville.org)

Auroville is a prosperous experimental township in the district of Villupuram mainly in the state of Tamil Nadu with sections in the Union Territory of Puducherry in South India, established by Mirra Alfassa in 1968. Designed in the shape of a galaxy with a central peace zone by architect Roger Anger- Matrimandir is the centermost framework. From this center radiates four "Zones" of the City Area: "Residential Zone," "Economic Zone," "Cultural (& Educational) Zone" and "Financial Zone." There is a Green Belt around the city or metropolitan district, which is a domain of environmental research and assets that involves farms and forestry, a botanical garden, seed banks, medicinal and herbal plants, water catchment bunds and several neighbourhoods.

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MATRIMANDIR (Image Courtesy: Pinterest)

Auroville strives to be a global city where every country's men and women can live in peace and progressive harmony, particularly creeds, ethnicity, colour, all politics and all nationalities. Therefore if you want to experience humanity in all its forms, you can visit Auroville and engage in numerous youth events, yoga, etc., and view the modern world from a different viewpoint. #auroville

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AUROVILLE BEACH (Image Courtesy: Puducherrytourism.co.in)


City 4: Chandigarh

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CHANDIGARH ORIGINAL PLAN BY LE CORBUSIER (Image: Archdaily)

Chandigarh was one of India's early planned post-independence cities, and is recognized for its architecture and urban planning internationally. In 1952, Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier developed the master plan for the area. The human body concept was used in architecture - 'head' held the capital complex, the 'heart' comprised the commercial center, and the 'heads' perpendicular to the main axis provided the education and leisure facilities. The design combined Le Corbusier's principles of sun, room and greenery with a linear road network with a grid iron layout for easy traffic movement.

SUKHNA LAKE (Image Courtesy: Pinterest)

Chandigarh can appear oddly familiar to travelers from the West, and alien to the rest of India. For this cause, if you need a break from the constant rhythm that is always said to bombard the senses, Chandigarh is a nice place to visit and can be daunting for foreign travellers. The unique gardens such as rock garden, rose garden, terrace garden, Pinjore garden with architectural marvels such as open-hand monument, government museum and art gallery and Sukhna lake will pleasure your eyes. #chandigarh

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ROCK GARDEN (Image Courtesy: Pinterest)


City 5: Madurai

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Madurai, a temple town dates back to 3rd century BC and is the spiritual hub of Tamil Nadu. The old town of Madurai is considered to be designed according to the Rajdhani model, described in Manasara, one of the Shilpasastra, and has the fivefold focused rectangular shape with the Meenakshi- Sundareshwara Temple at a very central stage. The city was well-planned with bazaars and several large streets with big and spacious mansions on both sides. The city was built as the focal point around the Meenakshi temple complex, incorporating clustered street architecture. The settlement pattern of Madurai is built according to the old urban planning system, which is based on caste and occupational hierarchies.

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KOODAL AZHAGAR TEMPLE (Image Courtesy: Pinterest)

Ancient past and tradition permeate every corner of Dravidian architecture, and captivating temples overshadow the skyline. Walking through the streets of busy places like Pudhu Mandapam, it's simple to feel like you've stepped into the past as vendors call out and urge you to buy famous Madurai cotton sarees and intricately carved brassware. The best reasons to visit Madurai are not restricted to temples and shops which look as old as time. Visit even more places, each as fascinating as the next. Several of them include the Temple of Meenakshi, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Alagar Kovil, Pudhu Mandapam, Yanaimalai, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Cathedral of St. Mary, Samanar Hills, etc. #madurai

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MEENAKSHI TEMPLE (Image Courtesy: Pinterest)


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