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Highlights

If this is your first India travel experience, there are some iconic cities, sites and destinations located throughout the country that are simply a must-see for first-time travel to India, which include Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Varanasi and Agra.

Old Delhi Streets

DELHI

Steeped in history and legend, the Indian capital Delhi was the magnet that drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and finally the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent history.

UDAIPUR

Situated on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, the "Venice of the East" is a romantic setting with its serene white palaces on the banks of blue water.

JAIPUR

The gorgeous city of Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" for its many buildings painted pink, the traditional color of welcome. Visit the City Palace, still inhabited by Jai Singh's descendants: it's a superb fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture.

JAISALMER

No other city in India exudes the fairytale aura of this exotic desert outpost on the ancient spice route from Arabia.

Called the Golden City for the glow reflected on its sandstone ramparts by the setting sun, Jaisalmer is a promise kept, epitomizing the desolate, awesome medieval desert city.

Man Rowing Boat on the Ganges River in Varanasi

VARANASI

The holy city of Varanasi is perhaps the oldest living city in the world. It is said that the city rests on the trident of Lord Shiva, thus imparting an incomparable energy to it.

A ritual cleansing in the holy waters of the Ganges at Varanasi absolves the believer of all sins: it is the aspiration of every devout Hindu to die at Varanasi, thus ensuring a direct passage to heaven.

Taj Mahal Agra India

AGRA

A stop in Agra to experience one of the country's most iconic sights is a must on any tour of India. In the medieval period Agra rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughals when the city was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals.

Adventures

Have more time, second trip to India, or looking for something specific? Here are some additional adventures when creating your custom India travel plan.

Amber Fort Jaipur

THE WEST

ART, ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY

The colorful state of Rajasthan houses Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Pushkar, and is considered by many to represent the best of India's fabulous art, architecture and history.

Tiger in India

CENTRAL INDIA

WILD JUNGLES

Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks were once the grounds of vast royal estates and the inspiration for Kipling’s famous Jungle Book. These now protected wilderness areas are among the best places on earth to see tigers in the wild.

THE NORTH

HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS & HILL STATIONS

This area of Northeast and North Central India incorporates destinations within the states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

This area of Northeast and North Central India incorporates destinations within the states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. The soaring Himalayas are a scenic stage for remote monasteries and quaintvillages where traditional rural life has changed little over the centuries.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai

THE CITY

MUMBAI (BOMBAY)

Rudyard Kipling extolled her as the "Mother of Cities." Built expressly for trade by the British, over the years it changed hands, from the Portuguese conquest to Catharine of Braganza who took the seven islands of Bombay as her dowry to Charles II of England.

See the city come to life on our unique "Mumbai by Dawn" tour.

THE EAST

KOLKATA (CALCUTTA)

Considered by many to house the "soul" of India, Kolkata is certainly its intellectual and artistic center. Stunning colonial architecture and saddening poverty define this city of contrasts.

Kerala backwaters houseboat

THE SOUTH

KERALA BACKWATERS

Tranquility defines the southern-most state of India. Float through miles of Kerala’s backwater canals aboard a traditional houseboat as peaceful scenes of rural life unfold around you.

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