Where to go in India

It's difficult to dispute Rajasthan, Delhi and the Taj Mahal as the perfect combination to visit for first timers to India, but after that it's down to taste. If it's mountains you seek, then the Himalayas, Kashmir and Ladakh should appeal. For beaches we'd recommend Kerala, and for diving the Andaman Islands. The elusive tiger is best viewed in the national parks of Central India or in Karnataka, and for vibrant city life nowhere (on Earth, let alone in India) comes close to Mumbai and Calcutta. Here are our favourite spots:

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Hyderabad

Indian Subcontinent > India

Discover the secrets of a city that was once India's richest. Read more

Delhi

Indian Subcontinent > India

Under-estimate Delhi at your peril. Read more

Kashmir

Indian Subcontinent > India

Kashmir is back. Enjoy this beautiful part of India for the first time in a generation. Read more

Karnataka

Indian Subcontinent > India

The best of India (minus the mountains) in one hugely under-rated state. Read more

Tamil Nadu

Indian Subcontinent > India

The beaches, hills and temples of Tamil Nadu represent a gentler introduction to India or a perfect 'deeper cut' for regular visitors. Read more

Kerala

Indian Subcontinent > India

Drift through backwaters on a rice barge, explore Cochin, chill on a beautiful beach and hike among tea plantations in the hill country. Read more

Andaman Islands

Indian Subcontinent > India

Pristine diving + snorkelling elephants + indigenous tribes = one of the world's most original destinations. Read more

Central India

Indian Subcontinent > India

Classic tiger country combines with Delhi and some of India's cultural highlights. Read more

Rajasthan & Agra

Indian Subcontinent > India

Visit evocative cities such as Jodphur and Jaipur and the iconic Taj Mahal, alongside enjoying a slower pace of life in the villages of Rural Rajasthan. Read more

Eastern India & Calcutta

Indian Subcontinent > India

Eastern India retains much of India’s colonial architecture and atmosphere, and Calcutta is an endlessly fascinating city, but there is far more to see aside from the capital of West Bengal. Read more

Ladakh

Indian Subcontinent > India

Ladakh contains one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies left on earth. Read more

The Indian Himalayas

Indian Subcontinent > India

Pristine mountainous landscapes, village walks and homestays, and the unique retreat of 360 Leti lodge. Read more

Mumbai

Indian Subcontinent > India

You say Bombay, he say Mumbai. Call it what you will, this is - without question - the most vibrant city on Earth Read more

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