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Bold and beautiful; chaotic yet serene – all these words and many more describe the wonderfully diverse nation that is India. In the northern state of Rajasthan, you’ll find pink, blue and henna-red cities overlooked by maharajas’ palaces and mountainous forts. Serious sippers shouldn’t miss West Bengal, where you can stay on tea plantations that look up to the mighty Himalayas. Those with a taste for the tropics will relish the Malabar Coast, where lush Kerala awaits, full of tree-fringed inlets waiting to be explored by boat. And these are but the start – with so many states, cultures and types of landscape, there’s always going to be more to see.

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Destinations in India

  • India's capital can be bamboozling, but once you look beyond the chaos and colour, you'll find an ancient city that’s rapidly modernising, with one foot in the past and the other careening towards the future.
  • Lapped by the Arabian Sea and set along the shore in India's sultry south, Goa claims some of India's most beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and a rich Portuguese-tinged past.
  • Set in an area of unparalleled natural beauty, the Himalayas are India’s spiritual centre: lush Sāl forests dot the banks of the sun-spangled Ganges, and the ancient holy towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar nestle in the foothills.
  • Millennia ago, Karnataka was the seat of ancient empires. Today, follow in their rulers’ footsteps though Dravidian temples, Vijayanagara ruins and the royal city of Mysore… or just lounge on the pristine beaches by the Arabian Sea.
  • Coconut-studded coastlines, canal-like backwaters, and undulating evergreen hills – the tropical beauty of this south-west swathe of India is unrivalled.
  • Madhya Pradesh in central India is liberally dotted with carved temples, stupas, forts and hilltop palaces.
  • As Pench National Park’s most-protected residents, the tigers burn especially bright in this green expanse, teeming with life. Set in the central Indian highlands, below Madhya Pradesh, this tropical spot will fascinate aspiring Attenboroughs and Mowglis.
  • With its maharaja’s palaces, dazzling sari fabrics and swathes of russet-red desert, Rajasthan and its hubs of Jaipur, Jodhpur and tiger-toting Ranthambore National Park is the stuff of fairy tales.
  • Srinagar is the lake-dotted and valley-surrounded summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Intricately carved temples, colonial forts and serpentine urban beaches are a handful of Tamil Nadu’s highlights.
  • Lively West Bengal is rich with memories of its colonial and ancient past: this former capital of the British Raj is home to iconic palaces, temples, mosques and ruins dating back thousands of years.

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