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The exotic India touted in travel brochures features women in richly coloured costumes, the Taj Mahal and age-old buddhas. But the India you see on movie and computer screens today is more about Bollywood, Slumdog Millionaire and call centres in Bangalore. The "world's largest democracy" is a blend of ancient civilisations and exploding modernity, juxtaposing startling poverty and youthful millionaires, now more numerous here than in the United States. From the Himalaya's peaks to the tropical landscapes of Kerala, or "coconut country", this land that has inspired so many explorers is one destination that is sure to have a strong impact on you.

It's hard to see everything here in a mere few weeks. That said, whether you're going for a fortnight or for six months, your trip will be filled with unforgettable experiences: watching the full moon rise over Pushkar Palace, visiting the Dalai Lama high up in Dharamsala, or simply accepting a spontaneous invitation to tea.

Its 7,000 kilometres of coastline and ecosystems that are unique in the world thrust travellers into a world apart. This huge subcontinent composed of 28 States, over a billion inhabitants and 23 languages can be disconcerting for the average European, unaccustomed to such magnitude. Learning about its many customs and religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, is a job for several lifetimes. May your karma be good!

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India : Must-see towns and regions

  • Delhi

    A city that encompasses the legendary Orient of old and the modernity of the present day, the political capital of India is a palette of contrasts. Stretching out along the right bank of the Yamuna, a...

  • Agra

    Along with Delhi and Lahore (now part of Pakistan), Agra was one of the three finest cities of the Mughal empire, and as such its architectural splendour is not limited to that of the Taj Mahal, as he...

  • Mumbai

    Bombay, or Bom Baim (Good Bay) as it was known to the Portuguese, now bears the Marathi name of Mumbai. Originally an archipelago of seven marshy islands situated along the Gulf of Oman which is now a...

  • Darjiling

    Experience the thrill of Indian rail travel aboard this Toy Train which climbs 1 500m in altitude to the hill town of Darjeeling. The growing of tea, introduced by the British in the middle of the 19C...

  • Udaipur

    Udaipur’s main attraction is its delightful natural setting: the “city of dawn”, founded in the 16C, stands at the foot of the Aravalli mountains on the shores of two lakes, one of which is the romant...

  • Varanasi

    The light of Shiva has shone for more than 2 500 years over ancient Benares, nowadays known as Varanasi, illuminating the dome of Vishvanath, the main temple of this god. Countless crowds of colourful...

  • Velha Goa (Old Goa)

    According to a Portuguese proverb, "If you’ve seen Goa there is no need to see Lisbon", even though Velha Goa, the splendid old city, was abandoned in 1684. A few churches remain from its prosperous p...

  • Jodhpur

    The appearance of the colossal Mehrangarh fort, an eagle’s nest crowning a promontory, comes as something of a shock for visitors arriving in Jodhpur. Its name, the “majestic fort” evokes the heroic p...

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