Planning a cruise around the world? Don't miss out on some of the top cultural experiences in India. Book a cruise with a stop in Mumbai, where you can visit the breathtaking Jain Temple, legendary sporting venues such as Wankhede Stadium, and the popular Chor Bazaar. Or cruise to Cochin where you can explore the bustling area of Fort Cochin and take in picturesque views of the legendary Chinese fishing nets. Here are five cultural sites worth seeing on your cruise to India.
Jain Temple, Mumbai
Put the Jain Temple on your list if you have a passion for exploring religious venues and learning about their origins. Officially named Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple, this adorned temple is a must-see attraction, complete with two stone elephants guarding its entrance and a host of artwork portraying famous Jain saints and deities.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
With a capacity of 32,000, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is great for die-hard cricket fans and newbies alike. This famous stadium, which was home to the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, has produced more cricket legends than any other sporting venue in India.
Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market), Mumbai
Literally meaning "thieves market," the popular Chor Bazaar has a history that sprawls over more than 150 years. Visitors and locals find crafts, jewelry items, antiques, and more at this bustling attraction. The shops in Chor Bazaar are open almost every day from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm, but close on Friday, which is Muslim prayer day. Prices are negotiable, so score the best deals at the market by using your bargaining skills!
During your stay in Mumbai, there are many other excursions to experience. Don't miss out on popular places such as the Taj Mahal, the Elephanta Island Caves, and Dhobhi Ghat — one of the largest outdoor laundry facilities in the world.
Fort Cochin, Cochin
Today, the city of Cochin boasts a heritage that's woven deep into its cultural and architectural fibers. That heritage springs from its role as a popular spice trading center and seaport since the 1300s.
As the oldest European settlement in India, Fort Cochin is full of life and history. You can opt to cruise a lagoon in Alleppey, explore Mattancherry Palace with its many murals and art exhibits, or see the famous Chinese fishing nets that are hoisted above the harbor.
Chinese Fishing Nets
When you arrive in Cochin, you will notice the Chinese fishing nets. Standing 10 meters high and made from bamboo, these nets were thought to have been introduced to the area by Zheng He, a Chinese explorer. As one of Cochin's most recognizable sights, these nets were first installed between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
The Chinese fishing nets are still in use today. Visitors can purchase seafood in the late afternoon when the nets come down, and have it cooked on the spot. If you can, spend an evening taking in a stunning Indian sunset while enjoying a succulent dinner that's fresh from the Arabian Sea.
Interested in a trip to India, or perhaps a cruise around the world? Booking a World cruise is the perfect way to explore popular destinations in India.
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