Places in India that can keep you awake in the night! Beautiful, colorful places across India that will change your perception about the nights in India!
Have you been to any of these places in the night, and want to share how was your experience? Please comment below!
Skyline at Night, Mumbai
Mumbai is the city that literally never sleeps, no matter what time of the day or night, activity is always in full swing. The people here seem to have a culture of their own and this is something that everyone must experience, at least once.
And to add to this is the ever growing skyline of Mumbai. The skyline has changed so much in the past few decades, although the heart remains the same.
India Gate, New Delhi
India Gate is a tourist hotspot but more than that it is a social hub. India Gate is very much everyone’s property. There is certain sense of homeliness and belongingness when you visit this place. You feel welcomed. At evening the golden sun hits the western side of the Gate and for brief moment it stands like a gold gilded monument.
India Gate stays awake even late into the night and there’s a sense of festive air around it. People come here for all kinds of celebrations and the sparks of joy lights up the whole place.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Once in Amritsar, just walk through the main entrance of Golden Temple – the holiest temple for the Sikh religion – and try not to be blown away by the structure before you.
The temple looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing pure gold dome illuminated. The temple complex is open for almost 20 hours, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. It’s well worth two visits – during the day and night.
Gateway of India, Mumbai
Though originally planned as a welcome for King George V, it became the place where officials and governors would land upon arrival in India. Today it is popular as a tourist destination and looks beautiful both during the day when you can admire the structure as well as during the evening as it’s lit up.
Night Show at Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Away from the glitters and bristles of Hyderabad Metropolis, in the middle of green trees and dense vegetation, situated one of the most magnificent fortress complexes of India, Golkonda Fort, once famous for its powerful Muslim Sultanate, flourishing Diamond trade and excellent Engineering skills of ancient time.
This is one of the largest mud fort of India, built on a granite hill. The famous Sound and Light Show of Golkonda is held every night about 6.30 PM. These shows are mainly held in Telugu and Hindi depending on the day of the week.
Udaipur Palace, Rajasthan
The magnificent City Palace transforms completely and shows off vibrantly at night. The cultural city becomes a romantic city in the dark altogether. The reflection of the stupendous lights and the shadow of the palace in the lake just mesmerizes you.
Just sit in any roof top restaurant and watch the delightful reflection created by the lake and get the intoxicating views of the City Palace at night.
Mysore Palace, Karnataka
Every Sunday from 7.00pm to 7.30pm Mysore Palace is turned into an illuminated icon of the city. The shrieks and gasps of joy from the crowds erupt as the lights go on as more than 100,000 light bulbs light up the night sky.
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
In Rashtrapati Bhavan, the colonial, neo-classical style integrates with local Indian influences and motifs. Elephants, domes, the traditional chajja – protruding part of the roof, Rajasthani grilles add an Indian touch to the building.
Rashtrapati Bhavan has splendid gardens that unite Mughal and English landscaping styles. Called as the Mughal gardens, they are a splendid riot of colours, with fountains, impeccably manicured lawns and countless varieties of flowering plants.
Vivekanand Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari
There is something absolutely mesmerizing and enchanting about this place that makes one want to come here again and again. Away from the humdrum of regular life, the ambience and surroundings here take you to a paradise beyond from where very few would actually want to come back.
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
The temple is huge and there are just too many things to see! Every pillar has something of interest, and in every corner or niche there is a beautiful sculpture telling us a story.
Marine Drive, Mumbai
The famous Marine Drive is fondly called Queen’s necklace. Your visit to Mumbai is not considered complete without a visit to this place.
To celebrate the first monsoon showers, to get soaked in heavy Mumbai rains or sprinkles of high tides, to relish the evenings with pop corn and cold drinks, to watch the sunset with icecream, to admire the necklace at night, to be left alone, to be a part of the crowd and the list goes so on…
Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
This beautiful architecture is built on top of black hill at an altitude, from where one can view the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The beauty of the temple is even more delightful in the night with electric lamps lit around the temple, the inner walls of the temple are carved with scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Buddha Statue, Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad
The sparkling row of lights that outline the lake give the impression of a “diamond studded necklace” at night. You can witness this blissful sight standing at the Tank Bund road which has well laid foot-paths and benches. A musical fountain adds to the beauty of the Lumbini Park which encircles the lake on one side.
Christ Church, Shimla
The Church has survived many changes and has seen generation come and go. The interior of the church is plain except for the five stained glass windows adorning the church on the east.
Each window represents different Christian virtues of faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. The sanctum of the church is peaceful even with all the hullaballoo outside at the Ridge. It is far removed from this world, surely a gift from the past.
Night View of the city of Shimla
Once in Shimla, your mind naturally turns towards exciting sights – for looking down at the valley at night is an experience that beats everything else. The cold winds blow up the valley that wears a blanket of twinkling lights – enough to make you run for the nearest food stall and tuck into a bowl of steaming momos served with a fiery sauce that easily coaxes the cold out of your shivering body.
Qutab Minar, New Delhi
Pointing towards the sky, the view from the top of the Minar will give the tourist a bird view of the City of Delhi. Viewing the Qutab Minar with the illumination in the night should not be avoided.
Red Fort, New Delhi
Also known as the Lal Qila in Hindi which is a loose translation of the word red fort itself, this place is around three hundred years old in history. This is further recreated and the beauty of the red fort is brought to life during its light and sound shows which are hosted in the evenings. The show starts from 6pm in the evening and is available in both English as well as Hindi.
Somnath Temple, Saurashtra, Gujarat
Strategically located on the western coast of India, Somanath temple stands as an epitome of architectural splendour. The temple gives a picturesque outlook with a panoramic and extensive view of the sea and a very large and beautiful temple complex.
The temple is illuminated every evening and a Sound & Light show called Jay Somanath is also displayed every night during 8.00 to 9.00 that is worth seeing and a wonderful experience to cherish.
Ofcourse you have the discotheques and the pubs to go to at night, but nothing in Indore can beat the fun and thrill of being at Rajwada at 1 am. The fantastic tea and unbeatable Poha at Rajwada are the legends of Indore city.
Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
Just as the Taj in Agra is worth visiting on a full moon night, Jaisalmer fort by nightfall is a sight to behold, it has all the romance and suspense of a Hitchcockian mystery. Visit it on a full moon night to enjoy its beauty to the fullest.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Enjoy the beauty of Hawa Mahal at night, though its a bit crowded. Unlike western world, the city has a different night life. Sit on tea stall or road side food joint and chat with your friends for hours. Find good clubs for hang outs. All major hotels have their own clubs.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, Mumbai
See one of the busiest railway stations in the country at rush hour, and the site of the terrorist attacks in November 2008. The award-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire” was also shot here. Based on St Pancreas Station in London, this World Heritage Site is gloriously lit up in the evening, and you will enjoy this view with a cold drink at the end of the day.
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
Enjoy the beauty of Victoria Memorial at night with light and sound show. The show describes the culture and traditions of the city and is known as Pride and Glory. It is carried out in English as well as Bengali which is the local language in the city. The shows begin post 6pm and do not happen on Mondays.
Chennai Central, Tamil Nadu
Vidhan Soudha, Bengaluru
Vidhana Soudha – Pride of Karnataka is one of the most tourist attractions in Bangalore. The day view of the architecture is obviously attractive. On every Sunday night, it gets a more charming look as it is lighted fully in and out.
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
The bridge is a landmark of the area. It connects the Howrah Railway station to Kolkata. The station is the largest in India. This is a bridge that 80,000 vehicles and more than 1,000,000 pedestrians cross every day! Below the bridge is a major flower market and bathing ghats.
Har ki Pouri, Haridwar
The Haridwar Ganga Aarti is held at Hari-ki-Pauri ghat. The name of this famous ghat literally means “Feet of the Lord”. A footprint on a stone wall there is said to belong to Lord Vishnu. The Ganga Aarti at Haridwar is possibly the most interactive of the three Ganga Aartis in India and will have the deepest appeal to pilgrims, particularly those with an Indian background.
Ganga Aarti, Varanasi
By the time the sun sets in Varanasi all roads lead to ghats once again. This time it’s for the most happening event in Varanasi’s night life… the Ganga aarti on Dashashvamedh Ghat. Crowds gather. A colourful, excited, eclectic mixture of locals, domestic and foreign tourists.
The steps leading to the ghat become the ‘stands’ while on the last step stand a row of young priests in bright yellow silk kurtas. In carefully orchestrated moves they swing into the rituals of the aarti.
Ambedkar Memorial, Lucknow
Taj Mahal, Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal at night. The white marble mausoleum known as the “Jewel of India” is never less than captivating, and under the moonlight it’s more beautiful than ever. Night viewing at the Taj Mahal has been allowed for five nights every month during full moons.
Traditional Music at night on sand dunes in front of Suryagarh Fort Jaisalmer
It’s night time. The desert sky is simply breath-taking. From the small hillock adjoining the resort, it’s a sight to behold in the evening. All lit up, it’s like a gem in the desert landscape. A jewel shining brilliantly in the dark. And the soulful singing of Manganiar singers would tug at your heart.
Night Stay in a houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala
Imagine a water world that stretches 900 kilometres inclusive of peaceful canals, estuaries, lagoons and lakes amidst palm trees, exotic villages and criss-crossing water paths into the Kerala inlands. Houseboats will move from one idyllic town to the other and will also halt in between the backwaters for the night where you can feel water below you and the vast open sky above.
Hangout in the night on the beaches of Goa
Most of the beaches in Goa are dotted with many bars and shacks, tasty restaurants and happening nightspots. The cuisine is as diverse as its heart throbbing night life and not to forget Asia’s biggest electronic music festival – the ‘Sunburn’ festival.
Glass House, Lal Bagh, Bangalore
The Glass House appears as a shining white monument in glass hosting a wide array of colourful flowers in the morning whereas at night it is lit up in golden light creating a view which is a treat to the eyes.
The Charminar is most beautiful at night. If, just for a brief moment, you stand and look at it, momentarily forgetting about the crowd and traffic, you’ll find yourself transported into a different era.
Brindavan Gardens, Mysore
Modeled after the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style, Brindavan Gardens have been the backdrop to many Bollywood films. This is one of the most beautifully laid terrace gardens famous for its symmetric design. The regal gardens are best known for its fountain shows at night.
Have you been to any of the places above in the night, and want to share how was your experience? Please comment below!
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