India travel guide

A technicolor feast for the senses.

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India is an alluring journey of sights, sounds, joy and mayhem. Ancient architecture, virgin beaches, bustling bazaars and exotic jungle wildlife are just a drop in the Arabian sea of what you can experience.

You’ll find it’s a spiritual nation overflowing with temples, palaces and sacred sites. Delve deeper still for an explosive culinary tour: Vegetarians and vegans will find plentiful vegetable-based dishes seasoned with regionally-sourced spices and chutney.

Whether traversing by plane, train or auto rickshaw, discover why Mark Twain called India “the cradle of the human race.”

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What is the Golden Triangle?

A popular tourist route connecting Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You can book tours and private coaches to take you on a journey to see a tantalizing cross-section of Indian culture rooted in religious history:

  • Humayun’s Tomb. Delhi. The resting place of Mughal Emperor Humayun, commissioned by his wife in 1569 and laid out in Islamic “paradise garden” style.
  • Taj Mahal. Agra. One of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal was built by a grieving emperor for his beloved wife in the mid-1600s. It’s made of ivory-white marble that shimmers in response to the day’s changing light.
  • Jama Mosque. Fatehpur Sikir, near Agra. The second-largest mosque in India, it’s made of red sandstone and white marble. It cost over a million rupees to build in the mid-1600s.
  • Hawa Mahal. Jaipur. The so-called Palace of Winds, it was built in 1799 and painted pink, creating a rippling, honeycomb facade.

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Bottom line

“It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor,” National Geographic’s former editor-in-chief Keith Bellows said. To experience the vibrancy first-hand, book a flight to India.

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