Visit India and you’re catapulted straight into a chameleonic theater of color. Even the glorious old architecture is vividly draped, from the sun reflecting off the Taj Mahal to the pink regal city of Jaipur. This is the dazzling backdrop, the delightful exterior that hangs over a population delighting in bringing vitality and vibrancy to everything. Just being outside is a sensual banquet; fresh smells float and flicker, merging with sounds of soft temple bells and the shouts ofchai wallahs. Then a painted elephant walks past and a market stall reveals a thousand flamboyant saris. Trying to describe this experience to friends verges on the impossible: “well, err, it was, it was so…India!”

India is a huge country, home to over one billion people and 29 individual states, each remarkably different from the last. It would take years to see it all, and even longer to understand it. On one hand it remains a poor nation, yet the blossoming economy is helping to power a sophisticated tourism market. Gone are the days when visiting India meant having to rough it. Five-star hotels are decorated with inimitable style and panache, a network of tourist-tailored domestic flights dramatically reduces travel time, and the government is feverishly investing in positioning India as an upmarket travel destination. Grandeur should be expected, after all, India has been offering aristocratic opulence since long before the nation was conceived. It’s now safe to shed the old stereotypes and pamper yourself on this new commitment to luxury.

However, the country’s heart remains indelibly humble, and its soul invariably welcoming. Wandering the streets reveals one of India’s many faces; every soiree outside is imbued with a radiant hypnotism. Yet India supplements this omnipresent charm with an outstanding collection of attractions and paradigms. Spiritual cities submerge you in mesmeric culture, always ensuring immersive experiences with local people and lifestyles. Richly diverse landscapes provide a stage to explore, from the
Himalayan Mountains to the beaches of Goa, and from the endlessly green tea plantations to deserts and salt pans crossed by camels. Charming ancient cities cover the country, each absolutely unique and serving up wondrous temples, shimmering forts, and a sublime blend of architectural styles. Like Hindu god Brahma, there are so many faces to discover. Go trekking, ride elephants, practice yoga, watch birds, meet holy babas, track tigers, meditate, indulge, experience, and jump in to the most enchanting show on our planet. The following is just a glimpse at the country’s iconicism. The Colored Cities of Rajasthan

India’s Sacred Cities and Spirituality
The Taj Mahal and Ancient Agra
The Beaches of Goa
The Northern Tea Plantations
Cruising the Kerala Backwaters