If you have always had a keen eye for art and collecting intricately crafted ceramics or handwoven textiles has always been a must-do on your previous travels, these offbeat artistic destinations across India are where you must head next. Each boasts an art tradition with a history spanning decades and beauty that cannot be ignored. Moreover, since these destinations are lesser-known and don’t host hordes of tourists, they are travel-friendly for seniors as they allow them to travel at their own pace without queuing up or making their way through crowds. Therefore, if you are looking for a getaway that is suitable for the elderly, yet promises an exciting cultural experience, plan a vacation to the following destinations.
Khurja: The Ceramic Legacy
In the heart of Uttar Pradesh lies Khurja, a hidden gem affectionately known as the ‘Ceramic Town.’ This tranquil haven has witnessed generations of artisans transforming clay into masterpieces. If you have honed your love for collecting delicate pieces over the decades, you are bound to love Khurja’s handmade wonders. Here, explore the tales of the Multani Kumhars, the skilled potters whose hands have shaped the ceramic legacy of India. The charming streets of Khurja also harbour century-old houses that whisper stories of a bygone era. You can take a leisurely walk along the streets while observing the intricate details that make up these houses. While here, also visit the Lala Mewaram ka Kamra, Seth Gangaram Bhawan, and Diwan Ji Ka Mandir, each a testament to the craftsmanship of yesteryear.
Pachdhar: Embracing Earth’s Treasures
Senior travellers can also witness traditional pottery being brought to life at Pachdhar. The gorgeous drive from Nagpur through the beautiful countryside sets the tone for an unforgettable trip. The smooth roads make the short journey even more comfortable for more mature travellers. Here, artisans transform raw clay into matkis, kulhars, gamla, gullak, and diyaas, keeping the ancient traditions alive. You can also engage with the artisans, learn the intricate methods of traditional pottery making, and witness the magic unfold in front of your eyes. Moreover, the proximity of Pench National Park allows you to bask in nature’s beauty, creating a harmonious blend of art and the natural world.
Shilpgram: Udaipur’s Artistic Retreat
Just a stone’s throw away from Udaipur’s serene lakes, Shilpgram beckons with its rural arts and crafts complex. For elderly travellers who may find it challenging to traverse Udaipur’s crowded lanes and slant alleys, Shilpgram presents an excellent escape. Surrounded by the majestic Aravalli mountains, this haven is perfect for elderly travellers seeking slow experiences. You can stay here in traditional accommodations and find handicrafts that pay homage to age-old skills.
Participate in enriching workshops and programmes that tap into your artistic sensibilities. The annual Shilpgram Mela, held between December 20 to 31, promises various cultural experiences, traditional art showcases, and culinary delights from different corners of India.
Raghurajpur: A Living Canvas Of Art
A short journey from Puri’s revered Jagannath Temple brings you to Raghurajpur, a village steeped in heritage crafts dating back centuries. Here, Pattachitra painters create intricate tales on canvases, transporting you to a realm of artistic wonder. For elderly travellers interested in India’s folk mythology, walking through Raghurajpur’s sleepy alleys feels like going back in time. And if one lends a patient ear, the kind villagers are also up to regale listeners with many stories. In this village, each house also bears beautiful motifs that can spark your interest in a new hobby. Apart from patachitra, explore the crafts of tussar silk painting, palm leaf engravings, and stone and wood carvings.