India's story is one of the grand epics of world history. Throughout thousands of years of great civilisations, invasions, the birth of religions and countless cataclysms, India has time and again proved itself to be, in the words of its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, 'a bundle of contradictions held together by strong but invisible threads'.

With India's mind-bending diversity — from snowcapped mountains to sun-washed beaches, crusty old bazaars to designer boutiques, tranquil temples to feisty festivals, ramshackle rural villages to techno-savvy urban hubs — India has been dubbed the planet's most multidimensional country.

The subcontinent is home to more than a billion people, and its eclectic melange of ethnic groups translates into an intoxicating cultural cocktail. For those on a spiritual quest, India has loads of sites and stirring philosophies. Demystifying India is a perpetual work-in-progress and for many travellers that's precisely what makes India so deeply addictive. Ultimately, it's all about surrendering yourself to the unknown: this is the India that nothing can quite prepare you for because its very essence — its elusive soul — lies in its mystery. No matter where you go or what you do, it's a place you'll never forget.

Mumbai


Mumbai, 130 pictures.

Delhi


Delhi, 160 photos.

Kolkata


Kolkata, 180 photos.

Jaipur


Jaipur, 110 pictures.

Varanasi


Varanasi, 190 photos.



Lamayuru, 40 images.

Leh


Leh, 60 pictures.


Thiksey, 40 images.


Keylong, 40 images.

Rohtang La (pass)


Rohtang La (pass), 50 images.

Manali


Manali, 50 images.


Shimla, 40 images.

Pelling


Pelling, 70 pictures.

Agra


Agra, 70 pictures.

Darjeeling


Darjeeling, 100 pictures.

Jaisalmer


Jaisalmer, 70 pictures.


Khuri, 40 images.

Pushkar


Pushkar, 50 images.

Jodhpur


Jodhpur, 70 pictures.

Udaipur


Udaipur, 90 pictures.


Ajanta (place), 40 images.

Ellora (place)


Ellora (place), 80 pictures.

Hampi


Hampi, 230 photos.

Chennai


Chennai, 60 pictures.

Mahabalipuram


Mahabalipuram, 110 pictures.

Thiruvannaamalai


Thiruvannaamalai, 90 pictures.

Havelock (island)


Havelock (island), 200 photos.


Puducherry, 40 images.

Neil (island)


Neil (island), 150 photos.

Darasuram


Darasuram, 60 pictures.

Thanjavur


Thanjavur, 60 pictures.

Kochi


Kochi, 60 pictures.

Alappuzha


Alappuzha, 80 pictures.

Varkala


Varkala, 100 pictures.

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