Dream Destinations for Culture Vultures

Sundance (Utah) and Rajasthan (India)
Sundance Resort, Utah
WHITE MAGIC: Rehearsal Hall at Sundance Resort, Utah (courtesy, Sundance Resort)

Sundance (Utah)
More than an annual film festival, more than an institute that sponsors the festival and other cultural enterprises in Utah, more than another Rocky Mountain ski resort, Sundance is a state of mind—specifically the mind of movie star and film director Robert Redford, who gained fame as the Sundance Kid opposite Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy, and who is the godfather of all things Sundance. Redford, an environmentalist and expert skier, founded the resort on spectacular Mount Timpanogos outside Park City in 1969 and set about creating the Sundance experience, an aspirational “perfect blend of art, nature and recreation." The ski area remains rustic, relatively minimalist, and affordable; visitors tired of the slopes can take a class in painting, pottery or jewelry-making at the Art Shack. Redford was the chairperson of the first Utah/U.S. Film Festival in 1978, which has evolved into Sundance, the largest independent cine-fest in the United States. Go to Utah in January, take in a dozen cutting-edge films, listen to free live music on Park City's Main Street, work on your life list of celeb sightings, glimpse Mr. Redford (“Bob," to many), plunge into the powdery bowls above the resort.... And revel in the blissful Sundance state of mind.
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Rajasthan (India)
The cultural attractions of India are, to say the least, vital and exhilarating—and throughout Rajasthan, the largest state in the nation, they are brilliantly on display. Dramatic forts and beautiful temples are to be found in the capital city of Jaipur and in the surrounding countryside as well. It seems someone is always celebrating something in Rajasthan: It is a land of fairs and festivals. Among the largest of dozens of pageants are the Desert Festival (Rajasthan encompasses most of the Great Indian Desert), the Pushkar Fair, the Elephant Festival and the Camel Festival. Animals are not relegated to the last two, they star at all of the festivals, where they race, perform, give rides and even participate in thrilling polo matches. The city of Udaipur must be visited for its palaces, gardens, mountain views and lakes; it has been called the Venice of the East. If you have the means, stay at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel, an extraordinary all-marble edifice built upon a four-acre island in Lake Pichola. The history and culture of modern India has its roots in traditions dating back nearly 5,000 years. In Rajasthan, the past and present meet.
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Published: 14 May 2008 | Last Updated: 14 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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