Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai
What to see: Mumbai, Delhi and Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, India Gate; the Golden Triangle tour, Mumbai, Agra and the Taj Mahal, the beaches of Goa Currency: Indian rupee
Official language(s): Hindi, English
With its dizzying array of languages, ethnic groups, cultures, landscapes -- and its storied Bollywood film industry contrasted with its deeply religious grounding in Hinduism and Islam -- it could be said that India is an entire world all to itself.
Welcome to Planet India - home to 1 billion people second in population only to China - and separated from the rest of Asia by the towering Himalayas.
Top Attractions - Delhi, Mumbai, Goa
For many visitors, India begins in the north at the country's capital, Delhi.
No less a place of contrasts, Delhi is great place for shopping, fine Indian restaurants and nightlife, along with living history lessons at such top attractions as Qutub Minar - the 12th century victory tower - as well as the regal Jama Masjid with its striped domes, and the
impressive government building complex on Raisina Hill including the India Gate..
It's just a short trip from here to begin the famed Golden Triangle tour that includes the Taj Mahal in Agra, a must-see stop on any trip to India, as well as the much-visited "Pink City" of Jaipur.
To the West
lies Mumbai (formerly, Bombay) perhaps India's most cosmopolitan city offering a mix of exciting shops, the art galleries at the famed Kala Ghoda Art Precinct, and historic sites centering around a major landmark, the Gateway of India, built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary.
Meanwhile, halfway down the western coast lies Goa, the world-famous beach resort that casts a spell on well over a million visitors a year, most of them from overseas.
DID YOU KNOW? India Travel Fun Facts
All aboard Indian Railways.
• Indian Railways is the largest employer on the planet with a staff of about 1.5 million. 18 million people us Indian Railways per day.
• In Tamil Nadu, the longest station name on the Indian Railways is Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta.
• India is home to the world’s largest religious pilgrimage site. Approximately 30,000 people visit Venkateshwar (The Vishnu Temple) in Tirupati everyday.
• Bollywood is the nickname for the film industry in India which produces more films per year than any other country in the world.
• While football (soccer) is the most popular sport around the world, cricket is by far the more popular in India with playing fields located in every city and town.
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Elsewhere on the Web, get a closer look at the sub-continent and prepare to spend time getting to know modern-day India with news & updates on what's happening, guides to beaches, mountain or wildlife treks, virtual visits to ancient temples and monuments, as well as practical information on transportation, shopping, dining,
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Mart.com - India
- Despite this being a commercial travel tour site, it's a near-miracle
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overviews of the country's heritage and culture, extensive schedule
of fairs & festivals, travel & health tips, online booking
of airfare, trains, cruises & travel tours.
WebIndia123.com - City Guides - Arranged by state, with links to information
on more than 50 major cities with descriptions of major attractions,
hotels & restaurants, getting around, weather, population,
best times to travel.
India - Here's a good jumping-off point
for all the country has to offer. Browseable by main headings
including beaches, architecture, wildlife, culture & heritage,
plus photos, practical tips on airfare, railways, weather.