India is one of the largest, boldest countries on the planet that inspires each of your senses. From the aromatic and earthy spices that are the hallmark of Indian cuisine, colorful Saris that saturate your eye, to the dramatic carvings and textures featured in the architecture that records the history of this rich land.
India can be divided into three main travel regions; north, south and western India. Each region offers its own unique characteristics, flavors, and history. From excursions that seek the diverse wildlife of the land, to touring the many World Heritage Sites, there is something for everyone to enjoy and discover.
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Flanked by the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, the peninsula of South India is a diverse landscape featuring plateaus, mountains and unending coastlines. Hyderabad is one of the most popular cities in South India, and is a booming tech center with companies like Google and Microsoft maintaining large offices here. The large state of Andhra Pradesh borders the Bay of Bengal and is home to the spiritual city of Tirupati which attracts thousands of pilgrims each year to visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple. Visakhapatnam, known as the “jewel of the east coast” features one of the largest ports and miles of pristine beaches that attract locals and tourists to this beautiful city.
Northern India is where the Indo-Gangetic Plains give way to the Himalayas and where some of the most recognizable attractions are found. A bountiful selection of World Heritage Sites is found in North India including the world famous Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort. Khajuraho features so many temples; it has been named as one of the seven wonders of India by UNESCO. The Golden Temple in Punjab is a must see in the region, especially a night visit where the temple’s brilliance dominates the skyline. Uttar Pradesh is home to the Ganges River, a place of special spiritual significance to many who visit the land.
West India is a diverse landscape from desert sand dunes to tropical beaches along the Arabian Sea. In the far western borders of this region, sand dunes dominate the landscape in Rajasthan, with historic forts, temples and palaces that record the history of this area. Indian beaches are known for their beauty, and the best can be found in Goa, stretching along the Arabian Sea. No visit to West India is complete without visiting Maharashtra, and its most famous city Mumbai, recognized as the commercial capital of India. Mumbai is also home to Bollywood movie and TV productions.