Originally posted: 31 January 2018 | Updated on 13 September 2019 by Darcy Alexander
Enriching and irresistible; the allure of India revitalises the body and soul with every step. For those who like their adventures a bit more far-flung, India is a land rich in history, heritage and diversity, that has something for everyone. Busy and vibrant in some parts, serene and calming in others. The singular magnetism of India attracts curious and intrepid visitors from all corners of the globe, month after month.
A breath-taking area to cruise through, we’ll help you make the most of your next adventure with this extensive collection of city guides, tourist hotspots and essential eats from across the country.
A land made up of myriad treasures, India’s sun-soaked beaches, monumental mountains and abundant natural splendours are threaded through with sacred temples, lively markets and a colourful, addictive atmosphere.
But with so much to cover, where do you start? We’ve rounded up a selection of guides which cover India’s best cities, including must-see sights, delicious food and the finest shopping opportunities in the country.
If you’re looking for a city that offers a true taste of authentic India, without compromising on modern flourishes, then Delhi is the city for you. The heritage of Delhi’s past nestles neatly with its present, and thanks to its modern, efficient metro system, the two are never far from each other.
From the ancient splendour of the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and the serenity of the Garden of Five Senses, to the mesmerising grandeur of Humayun’s Tomb, this is what you think of, when you think of India. Soak up the colourful bazaars, lively streets and unbelievable food with this handy guide.
A charming city decorated with hues of pink and magenta. The vibrant, vivid life of Jaipur is a truly glorious experience. Another city where old and new sit side by side in perfect harmony. Expect to be wowed by the likes of the City Palace, a historic landmark crammed with collections of art, biblical texts and royal costumes. Jantar Mantar, the world’s largest sundial, blends pin-point accuracy with military history, while a plethora of bazaars promise near-endless opportunity for shopping the city’s wares.
This guide also touches on the city’s superb food, including the Ganesh restaurant, a tiny eatery blessed with an open-air kitchen where you can watch chefs prepare delicious dishes in full view.
The only city in the world with three World Heritage sites to its name, Agra is in a league of its own, though most famous as the site of the iconic Taj Mahal. This guide shows Agra is a city that hosts a fascinating array of forts, ancient cities and animal sanctuaries to all ready to be explored. Stop by the Kalakriti Dance Drama Show and be enthralled by the new sights and sounds on display, before trying the city’s unbelievably good food.
Head to Pind Balluchi for an authentic Indian dining experience where waiters dressed in traditional Indian kurtas and patialas serve guests delicious fare with traditional steel utensils. Don’t forget to try the local delicacy, Petha, the city’s favourite sweet treat made from white pumpkin.
Forever evolving, always amazing, Mumbai is a city that constantly reinvents itself. No two visits will ever be the same. Be sure to pack a camera so you can savour the architectural splendour, bustling atmosphere and breath-taking sights in all their glory. Our handy guide takes in Mumbai’s Marine Drive, a stretch of water that twinkles and glistens against its setting sun. Its artsy Kala Ghoda district and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is the city’s first museum replete with gilded ceilings, ornate columns and elaborate chandeliers.
With plenty of places to eat, our guide offers a lot for rumbling stomachs too. One of the city’s oldest restaurants, The Leopold Café, makes visiting this city worth it alone! Make sure to grab a Vada Pav while you’re in the city!
Looking to go further? Our specialist guides delve a little deeper into the gems India has in store for you:
Extending over 55.5 acres, the sheer breadth of the Taj Mahal’s expanse might seem imposing at first. Our helpful walkthrough lets you know what to expect after you’ve departed your ship. Getting you prepared on what to do when you arrive, other things to do and even places to eat. We’ve given you everything you need to know about this world-famous icon.
With such a vast array of beliefs across the country, India knows a thing or two about celebrating the spirituality that acts as the life’s blood of its lands. For those wanting to immerse themselves in the heart of Indian culture, check out our guide to the country’s many-splendored festivals and celebrations.
If you’re looking to mine its abundant religious heritage, India’s spiritual roots run deep into the very core of the country. Diverse and inspiring, opening yourself up to its beguiling religious sites is an unforgettable experience. Our guide covers everything from The Golden Temple, a Sikh holy spot that welcomes 3 million visitors each month, to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the World Heritage-gilded church that commemorates Saint Francis Xavier with a display of his actual body.
Whether you’re a meat eater or a devoted veggie, the Golden Triangle area of India has food to please any palate. Steeped in tradition and heritage, our guide runs the gamut of the area’s best fare, from fiery mutton curries and classic lamb dishes, to regional dumpling-style treats and of course, Agra’s legendary sweet treat, petha.