India, a vast subcontinent, unfolds in a kaleidoscope of regions. Delhi, the dynamic capital, pulses with history and modernity. Mumbai, the bustling financial hub, embraces cosmopolitan energy. Rajasthan’s deserts offer regal splendor, while Kerala’s backwaters soothe. From the Himalayan north to the coastal south, India captivates with its cultural tapestry and geographical diversity.
Four hours south of Delhi by car is the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal. With shimmering marble domes and intricately carved walls, the Taj Mahal is Agra’s highlight and one of the world’s most recognised and greatest monuments.
The large Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque, one of the largest in India, remain central to the old city’s structure and are a wonderful introduction to the architectural splendor of northern India. Between these two buildings run the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, where spice traders continue to sell their goods in a scene unchanged for centuries.
The narrow streets are crammed with overflowing buses, dawdling camels and buzzing motorbikes. Hidden beneath this relative chaos, Jaipur’s majestic past can be found evoking a different pace and another world.
It is found on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert and cowers below the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the most spectacular citadel in Rajasthan. Where Jaipur is known as the Pink city, Jodhpur is known as the Blue city after the colour of its old town houses.
Mumbai lies on India’s west coast and is the country’s largest and most populous city. It is extremely diverse, home to the Bollywood industry, along with some of Asia’s largest slums and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone.
Rajasthan is located on the north-western side of the country and covers 10.4% of India.
Ranthambore National Park offers the besttiger sightings in India. The wild jungle scrum covers an area of 400km², and is watched over by the towering Ranthambhore Fort.
Udaipur is one of Rajasthan’s magical cities, known to many as the Venice of the East, with Pichola Lake being a central feature. The city is located in the southernmost part of Rajasthan, near the Gujarat border.
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