India

Travel Guide
Golden Temple featuring heritage elements

Experience a colorful prism of ancient culture, breathtaking Himalayan and tropical landscapes, impressive architecture and festivals in this South Asian country.

India is an ancient country in South Asia. Like a traditional sari, it weaves the deep hues of its heritage with the glittering embroidery of contemporary culture. India’s huge landscape encompasses the soaring peaks of the Himalayas, the arid Thar Desert and the warm tropical coastline of Goa.

Explore India’s vivid and busy major cities. In Mumbai, Western India’s cosmopolitan port city and biggest metropolis, see fascinating British colonial architecture. Discover the country’s Bengali cultural capital in Kolkata. Experience Bollywood flair in the cinema and on the streets or see the sun set over the Arabian Sea at the beach.

Experience one of the world’s oldest cities in Delhi, India’s capital. See ancient monuments such as the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, the breathtaking mosque and minarets of Qutub Minar and fascinating temples in Old Delhi. Visit markets, museums and peaceful parks in New Delhi, from where it’s just under 3 hours drive southeast to the Taj Mahal.

Venture outside the cities to experience India’s magnificent landscapes and scenery. Visit Varanasi, a sacred Hindu city, and Jaisalmer, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Find lush mangrove forests, a scenic delta and rare Royal Bengal tigers in Sundarbans National Park. Unforgettable high-altitude landscapes await you in the mountaintop city of Leh and Srinagar in the Himalayas.

For a seaside getaway, visit laid-back beaches along India’s southern coast: scenic palm groves of Kerala and sun-soaked beach cities in Cochin. Experience the French influence and lively bars in Pondicherry and dance all night at one of Goa’s famous beach parties. Visit Goa in February for a colorful carnival.

Join locals watching a cricket match, sample delicious regional Indian cuisine and enjoy the celebrations at one of India’s numerous festivals. Experience Holi, the festival of colors, all over Hindu India in spring. Diwali is an atmospheric festival of lights in the fall.

India can be reached via its international airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Catch domestic flights within this huge country or enjoy the slow pace of regional trains, boats and buses. Explore local areas with rented motorbikes or hail auto-rickshaws.

Popular cities in India

New Market showing a city and street scenes
Kolkata
The former capital of the British Raj is a friendly city blessed with architectural diversity, festivals and an eclectic cuisine.

Reasons to visit

  • New Market
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • Howrah Bridge
Charminar featuring a memorial, a city and a mosque
Hyderabad
The capital of the Andhra Pradesh state is famous for its mosques, palaces and an abandoned fort. 

Reasons to visit

  • Charminar
  • Nehru Zoological Park
  • Golconda Fort
Mumbai showing general coastal views, boating and a beach
Mumbai
A holiday in Mumabi means glitzy skyscrapers towering over crowded bazaars, Bollywood movie productions you might even land a bit part in, and streets so crowded you’ll soon forget all about the concept of personal space.

Reasons to visit

  • Gateway of India
  • Crawford Market
Presidential Palace featuring a square or plaza and a castle
Delhi
Mughal monuments, Hindu temples, new shopping malls and crowded alleyways teeming with rickshaws, street vendors and pedestrians: every facet of Indian life is on display during a holiday in Delhi.

Reasons to visit

  • Humayun's Tomb
Chennai showing a city
Chennai
An exhilarating mix of ancient and modern makes Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, one of the highlights of South India.

Reasons to visit

  • Kapaleeswarar Temple
Bangalore Palace which includes château or palace, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Bengaluru
Originally known as the Garden City, the IT capital of India – Bengaluru – is also famous for its beautiful parks, handsome colonial buildings, and traditional arts and crafts.

Popular places to visit in India

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