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India – An amazing combination of different cultures and languages yet a unity that binds the country together! Savor the delights of India. Experience the different cultures of India in its varying dimensions in its cities. Cities that make you forget your worries with their charm.

India can be best experienced by visiting its cities. Each city depicts its own story and culture in its landmarks and way of life.

Delhi, the capital of this wonderful land, is a maze of different landmarks, monuments and forts that reveal the colorful history of India. It’s a city that speaks volumes about India’s culture and it’s Unity in Diversity. Perhaps the only capital city in the world with people from different religions & cultures living together and yet maintaining their identity.

Leh & Ladakh:
Amidst snow capped mountains of the Himalayas, Leh & Ladakh have fascinated tourists for long. Barren landscapes with the exception of a few monasteries are an awe inspiring sight. Experience the magical culture of Buddhism. As you climb up the heights you feel on top of the world.

The "Lahsa in India", Dharamshala is known for its beautiful landscape and its awe inspiring, picturesque scenery. Lying between the Shivalik Hills and the Dhauladhars, Dharamshala stands surrounded by nature – Deodar and pine forests, sparkling streams and tea gardens. A hill resort and a principal township of the Kangra Valley, it has a large Tibetan community as part of its natives.

The summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar is the jewel that shines in the whole of North India with its sparkling lakes. Scenic snow capped mountain peaks form the backdrop and flowers picturesquely adorn the gardens. A treasure trove of beauty legendary for its houseboats, Srinagar is also renowned for its traditional handicrafts and dry fruits.

Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal and once the capital of the Mughal empire, has several monuments which display the splendour of Mughal architecture. It was here that Babar, the founder of the dynasty, had the first formal Persian garden laid out on the banks of the river Yamuna. Akbar, his grandson, raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort, within whose walls Jahangir built rose-red palaces, courts and gardens, and which Shahajahan embellished with marble mosques, palaces and pavilions of white marble.

Varanasi: The Eternal City and the holiest of all pilgrimage sites! Varanasi has been a pilgrimage site since time immemorial. The largest and oldest city of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is located on the North bank of the River Ganges. People from far & wide come here to take a bath in the Holy River Ganges, as it is believed that its waters are so pure that they wash away your sins.

Mumbai, till recently called Bombay, is the capital city of Maharashtra. The only British monarch to visit India, King George V, first set foot on Indian soil at Mumbai in 1911. To commemorate his visit, the Gateway to India, Mumbai's best known landmark, was completed in 1927. An alluring mixture of races and cultures, the pulsating city is on the move. Its famed Bollywood churns out more movies than any in the world.

Experience the beauty of Rajasthan in the Pink City. A major tourist attraction, Jaipur, is a city which shows the Royalty of India in its true glory. Colorful hawelis and forts and palaces adorn the city.

Jaisalmer - a name that reminds you of desert. A city thronged by tourists, Jaisalmer has sand dunes dotted with colorful villages and palaces. The sight of sand dunes all around evokes a feeling of magic. The villages form the only splash of color in the otherwise barren desert.

Jodhpur - a city within a fort. Amidst the sand dunes lies a fort, 120 kms high. Surrounded by a 10 kms long wall, the fort has 8 gates serving as entrances. The exquisitely carved forts, palaces and temples are the main highlights of this city.

Goa, a city of happiness and joy that welcomes all. A tiny island measuring just 3,702 sq. kms with sun kissed beaches, old churches and temples with exquisite architecture has attracted tourists from time immemorial.

Udaipur, a city of Lakes in southern Rajasthan enchants you with its glistening lakes around which the city is centered. The clear waters of the lake reflects the blue cloudless sky. A city well known for its buildings as well as its delicious cuisine, a tour of the city takes you through the historic pages of India.

Khajurao, India's most visited monument after the Taj is a collection of fascinating temples. India's unique gift of love to the world, these were built between 950-1050 A.D. by the Chandela rulers. Unfortunately only 22 of the original 85 survive today. Khajuraho derives it's name from the Khajur (the date palm) tree. An abundantly found species in the area.

Serene and quiet this tiny little village, holiest among holy places is Bodhgaya, Where the quest of Prince Siddharth was fulfilled after years of seeking the truth and the saga of Buddha began. He attained the supreme enlightenment and became 'The Buddha', the enlightened one.

Kolkata, an ancient city, almost 300 years of age has adopted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life-style and the calm which it has accumulated since ages. It has the country's first metro railway and also retains some of the building which are more than 100 year old. It is a city of enduring charm.

A renowned port city and an important business center. Tourist attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, and other land marks dating back to the Portuguese era attract tourists in hordes.

Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is a city which combines both the ancient and the modern. It has the most sophisticated five star hotels, shopping malls, eating places (especially those serving the world famous Hyderabadi biryani, a dish of rice and meat) and entertainment facilities. And it is a maze of markets and tiny houses - a busy, noisy place where narrow ancient lanes meet large vehicle-choked roads.

Bangalore - a city of gardens and historical landmarks. The "Silicon Valley" of India, Bangalore has a pleasant climate and the equally pleasant nature of its inhabitants make it a popular city. Its culture & heritage maintain their identity even through its fast development.

Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in India, is a sprawling metropolis and also an important port. Once a fishing village, Chennai was the capital of the Madras presidency during the British era and was converted into the capital of Tamil Nadu in 1969. The East India company built a fort in Madras, as Chennai was known earlier, in 1639 and developed it as one of the major trading centres in India.

Ooty, "The Queen of Hill Stations", is located at a height of 2,240 meters above sea level. The Beautiful Botanical gardens, golf courses, tea and Coffee gardens ornament the place.

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