With a country as vast and diverse as India, it’s impossible to do the whole country justice in one trip so start with the Golden Triangle in the princely state of Rajasthan and explore magnificent Mughal and imperial monuments, imposing forts, captivating temples as well as a plethora of interesting towns and villages.
Steeped in history, the capital Delhi is home to an array of forts, mosques, bazaars and monuments. Take a walk through the Lodi Gardens; an early 20th century setting for the tombs and monuments of the Lodi and Sayyid dynasties and now one of the prettiest places for picnics or an early evening stroll. Agra can be visited in a day from Delhi by train but it’s worth spending at least one night to be able to see the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous and iconic monument, at sunrise or sunset.
Jaipur, which means the city of victory, is popularly known as the Pink City. The sprawling palace is still the home of the current maharaja and includes a museum of maharajas’ lavish possessions. For those interested in traditional India crafts, this is where to spend your money: jewellery, silver and silks are among the many products on offer. On the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur can justifiably claim to be the most picturesque city in Rajasthan. Walking through the twisting roads in the old city is fascinating, the quaint merchant houses and shops have something to catch your attention at every turn.
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