India almost needs no introduction, as the glorious history and cultures of this enormous country have been fascinating explorers and researchers for centuries. The monuments built as evidence of this spectacular civilisation are simply breathtaking. Of course there is the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most photographed buildings, but this great white beauty overshadows the magnificence of equally as spectacular sites, such as the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb.
Beyond the grand forts and exquisite tombs there is a country of fabulous natural beauty as well – try the endless beaches of Goa, the snaking rivers of Kerala, and the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir. The cities are the places to go to get to grips with modern India, from the frenetic energy of Mumbai to the vibrant markets of Delhi. It is also in the cities that you’ll find many of India’s fascinating temples and mosques, and you can begin to understand how religion and spirituality are so intrinsically linked with people’s everyday lives.
World’s great cuisines
Home to one of the world’s great cuisines. And yes, the curry
Architecture and history
History spanning thousands of years. The architecture hints at the vast history of India
Religion and spiritualty
Religion and spiritualty in everyday life. There are plenty of places to practice, meditate