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India Travel Guide

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'Mystical land of seductive images'

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Visitors are strongly advised not to travel to Kashmir and Jammu, areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab near the border or areas of Ladakh close to the Line of Control due to political conflict. For more information, seek official advice.

An introduction to India

It is India’s vastness that stimulates the imagination. The sub-continent, 3200km (2000 miles) from the Himalayas in the north to the tropical lushness of Kerala in the south, is home to one sixth of the world’s population, a diverse culture, intoxicatingly rich with history.

The most visited part of India is the Golden Triangle – Delhi and the spectacular monuments of Agra and Jaipur, a legacy of centuries of Muslim rule –but there is much besides. The unfairly maligned great cities of Mumbai and Kolkata (Calcutta) have a buzzing, colourful appeal, while the holy city of Varanasi or the awe-inspiring temples of Tamil Nadu are deserving objects of pilgrimage. For those seeking more simple pleasures, the beaches of Goa have a European charm all of their own.

Hinduism is practised by 85% of Indians, the religious rites and red-letter days woven into the fabric of ordinary life – ritual washing in the Ganges and the jubilant celebrations of the festival of Ganesh – and the inequalities of the caste system are there for all to observe.

One of the wonders of India is the juxtaposition of old and new; centuries of history – from the pre-historic Indus civilisation to the British Raj –clash with the computer age; and Bangalore's ‘Silicon Valley’ is as much a part of the world's largest democracy as the remotest village is.
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