Things not to miss in India 


Honey-coloured citadel, emerging from the sands of the Thar Desert.

Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by roottraveller

Deep in the eastern tracts , this park is rich in animal and birdlife, including tigers and leopard.

Photo of Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India by roottraveller

A colossal thirteenth-century temple, buried under sand until its rediscovery by the British.

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The beautiful beaches on the edge of this temple town are popular with budget travellers nearby Goa.

Photo of Gokarna Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by roottraveller

world’s greatest building: Shah Jahan’s monument to love fully lives up to all expectations.

Photo of Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by roottraveller

Immaculately preserved temples renowned for their uncompromisingly erotic carvings.

Photo of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India by roottraveller

This atmospheric harbourside is strung with elegant Chinese fishing nets.

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Asia’s most famous bird reserve, where millions of migrants nest each winter.

Photo of Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India by roottraveller

The most architecturally impressive of the many dramatic monasteries within striking distance of Leh.

Photo of Thikse Monastery, Thiksey by roottraveller

City of Light, founded by Shiva, where the bathing ghats beside the Ganges teem with pilgrims.

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by roottraveller

The epitome of Rajput power and extravagance, its ramparts towering above a labyrinthine, blue-painted old city.

Photo of Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur Fort), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by roottraveller

Site of the fabled Golden Temple, the Sikhs’ holiest shrine.

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by roottraveller

The teeming bazaars of the Pink City in Jaipur burst with vibrant cloth, jewellery, Persian-style pottery and semiprecious stones.

Photo of Rajasthani Handicrafts, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by roottraveller

Exquisite crescent-shaped beach in Goa, famous for its dolphins and local alcoholic spirit, feni.

Photo of Goa, India by roottraveller

An exuberant festival held, when every street and village erects a shrine to the goddess Durga

Photo of Durga Puja Pandal, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by roottraveller

India’s epic Himalayan road trip, crossing some of the highest mountain passes in the world.

Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by roottraveller

Pushkar fair is an experience of a lifetime that hovers on the mind of the travelers and leaves them craving for even more.

Photo of pushkar camel fair, Ganaheda, Rajasthan, India by roottraveller
Photo of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India by roottraveller

Lazy boat trips wind through the lush tropical waterways of India’s deep south.

Photo of Kerala Backwaters, Kottankulangara, Alappuzha, Kerala, India by roottraveller

The Mughal emperor Akbar’s elegant palace complex now lies deserted on a ridge near Agra, but remains one of India’s architectural masterpieces.

Photo of Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India by roottraveller

Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves, and the colossal Hindu Kailash temple, carved from a spectacular volcanic ridge at the heart of the Deccan plateau.

Photo of Ellora, Maharashtra, India by roottraveller

Three colossal chariots with brightly coloured canopies are pulled by crowds of devotees through the streets of eastern India’s holiest town.

Photo of Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India by roottraveller

The capital of a great Hindu empire, sacked five centuries ago to leave a site strewn with ruins and medieval sculptures.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by roottraveller
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