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India is the world’s largest democracy and its second most populous nation. With a history dating back millennia, a rich and varied landscape and a fast developing economy, India is an important destination for leisure seekers and business travellers alike.

India is home to one of the world’s earliest urban civilisations, the Indus Valley Civilisation, which dates to the Bronze Age (3300 to 1300 BC). It has been home to many empires and cultures since and gave birth to four of the world’s religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

The influence of its imperial rulers – such as the Muslim Mughals and Christian British – mixed with ancient tribal cultures and dynasties makes India an eclectic mix of tradition and culture.

India is unique in the world for its ability to harmonise multiple cultures, ethnicities and religions.

Tourists flock to India for its rich history as well as its stunning beaches and, once there, they witness first hand the intoxicating enigma that is India. Visitors are overwhelmed by the colours, smells, bustling cities and the beautiful landscapes, and by the welcoming hospitality of the Indian people.

Meanwhile, global businesses are setting up here as liberalisation of the economy and its booming IT sector make India one of the world’s most important economies.

From the largely vegetarian south, to the meat-loving north and the abundant seafood in coastal areas, Indian cuisine is respected as one of the world’s finest.

With 1.2 billion people, 15 official languages and four official religions, there is something for everyone in India.

  • Spend some time in the capital, seeing how New Delhi, built by the British, collides with centuries-old Old Delhi to create one of the world’s most exciting cities.
  • Don’t miss the Taj Mahal in Agra. The white marble mausoleum was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife. It is considered one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.
  • The Pink City of Jaipur, with its stunning forts, palaces and temples, must be seen to be believed.
  • Take a trip up to Amritsar to see the holiest Sikh shrine, the magical Golden Temple.
  • Relax and unwind of the stunning tropical beaches of Goa.
  • Seek adventure in the Himalayan village of Manali. On the way, stop in the pilgrim town of Haridwar, where the Ganges emerges from the mountains into the plains of India.
  • Lose yourself in the holy city of Varanasi, the oldest continuously inhabited city in India. With the Ganges river running through it, Varanasi is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.
  • Spend some time in Mumbai (Bombay), India’s biggest and richest city. While immersing yourself in the culture, it will be easy to understand how this enticing city gave birth to the Bollywood film industry.
  • Explore Mysore’s palaces to see some great examples of the Indo-Sarocenic school of architecture that blends Persian and Hindu practices. It shows a different view of India with its slower pace and well-planned streets.
  • Gorge yourself on kebabs and biryani in Hyderabad, the Muslim centre of India and a city rightly famous for its delicious cuisine.