Where to go in India
List of regions
Rajasthan was once a land of royalty and today revels in its regal past. Scores of forts and palaces loom from the arid desert sands, along with cities as colourful as their brightly swathed locals, who fill the streets in dazzling fabric outfits.
Translating as 'Land of the Coconuts' Kerala is awash with verdant backwaters and is known as God's Own Country. Experience the relaxed rivers, postcard-perfect beaches, sensational food and laid-back lifestyle of this sleepy region.
The Himalaya is the world's greatest mountain range, a 1800-mile mass of white-tipped peaks and valleys that runs from Afghanistan to the border of south-west China.
Agra, in Uttar Pradesh, is home to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and also a wealth of imperial palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dotting its riverine landscape.
The classic golden triangle is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the magic of the country.
India is rich in natural splendour, blessed with an amazing variety of flora and fauna, the likes of which inpsired Rudyard Kipling to create the magical Jungle Book. It has a diverse wildlife base that is the second largest in the world and currently boasts 80 national parks.
There are a number of spectacular palace hotels and historic places to stay throughout India. Once home to India's royalty, the buildings have been converted into accommodation to preserve their existence, meaning that you can now stay and experience firsthand how royalty once lived.
Travelling on India's luxury trains is an ideal way to explore the country without sacrificing style and comfort. Rattle over the rails on a romantic, glamorous journey, enjoying regal service and arrive at a new destination to explore the following morning.
Eastern India is a land of temples, stupas, wildlife parks, spiritual cities and the snow-covered summits of the Himalayas. The ancient city of Varanasi and the sacred River Ganges draw pilgrims from across the world, while Kolkata, the capital of western Bengal, is a fascinating mix of imperial ed…
Central South India centres on the area of Andhra Pradesh, and its capital Hyderabad, and the rich state of Maharashtra. Andhra Pradesh is a heartland of Mayahana Buddhism and many scholars hold that doctrine originated in the area and the area's many Hindu temples form an important pilgrimage rou…
Mumbai is India's fulcrum of business, fashion and Bollywood filmmaking, a mega metropolis built around shopping, glitz and glamour.
Ancient Varanasi is dominated by the stone ghats, which line the sacred River Ganges, drawing pilgrims from across the world who come for their daily ritual ablutions.
Goa is known for its idyllic beaches, outstanding monuments and great places to stay. The beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilicas are as much a draw as the sandy, palm-fringed beaches and clean waters of the Arabian Sea.
Here, religious ritual is lived and breathed on the streets and along the temple trail it is rare to find a religious building which has outlived its purpose.