India

India is a vastly diverse country geographically, encompassing white-sand Arabian Sea beach towns, tiger-filled forests, and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The country’s architecture is as varied as its climate, thanks to a legacy of thousands of years of different historical influences. Here you’ll find ancient rock-cut temples, sublime Mughal buildings like the Taj Mahal, and stately colonial-era structures built in the Indo-Saracenic style.

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Planning your trip

Use these articles, resources, and guides to plan and inspire your next trip to India.

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