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As an enormous country with huge amounts of varied terrain, India has wonders and awe-inspiring sights. From the Taj Mahal which showcases amazing Indian architecture to the majestic Himalayan mountain range, India is sure to amaze you.
The chaos of Old Delhi is a feast for the senses. Heady aromas, vibrant colours, and clamorous sounds all combine as you haggle in a traditional bazaar or taste the flavours of India from one of the city's many hole-in-the-wall eateries. Explore historic sites, such as the Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb, and contrast Old Delhi with the British imperial architecture and green spaces of New Delhi.
Agra is famous the world over for one building – the unforgettable Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it’s symmetry, translucent marble, and intricate decoration make it instantly recognisable. It’s best viewed at dawn or sunset. There is more to Agra, however, not least the impressive Red Fort dominating the city.
Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in India. Its lakeside setting beside the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola make the city unusually picturesque. In the labyrinthine network of streets, you'll discover colourful markets and regal palaces competing for space, while the most impressive of them all - Lake Palace - floats serenely in the lake itself, waiting to give you a taste of its opulence.
An ancient spice-trading city with a fascinating mix of Indian, Syrian, Jewish, Dutch and Portuguese cultures, Kochi (or Cochin) is one of the most pleasant cities in India. Located on six islands, you travel between them by ferry or bridge. Take a sunset stroll around the harbour and you'll spot the city's most iconic sight, the elegant Chinese fishing nets suspended over the waters of the Lakshadweep Sea.
Known as the Pink City, the name Jaipur conjures up exotic images of India. As the gateway to Rajasthan, the city is bursting with history. Travel to the silk and leather stalls of its bazaars and gaze at the regal architecture such as the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the mighty Amber Fort, and City Palace.
An imposing fortress towering above a sea of vivid blue rooftops, the desert city of Jodhpur is a unique sight. Looking out over the so-called Blue City from the mighty walls of the Mehrangarh Fort, you're gazing upon centuries of history. When you venture into the maze of lively medieval streets, the city's past seems alive and well in the colourful bazaars, where you'll rub shoulders with sacred cows and breathe in the aroma of incense.
The peaceful backwaters of Kumarakom are a soothing retreat after the clamour of the city. Made up of small islands, Kumarakom has a relaxing atmosphere where you'll find it easy to let the gentle sway of coconut palms lull you to sleep. You'll discover India's largest freshwater lake here, and you'll spot diverse species of exotic fish, plants, and birds when you explore this beautiful area by houseboat. While you're there, be sure to savour the taste of mouth-watering Southern Indian cuisine, which is particularly strong on spicy vegetarian dishes.