There is a reason a trip to India is on every seasoned traveler’s wish list. Nowhere else on Earth can compete with the diversity of the 29 states that constitute the vast country—where the colors, language and cuisine change every few kilometers.
Whatever magic you’ve imagined, it can be conjured in India. Get a taste of the incredibly glamorous, opulent lives of India’s historical maharajas. In the markets, handmade goods, sparkling jewelry and rare textiles give shoppers a rush. On a trip to India, luxury hotels like the Oberoi Amarvilas make guests swoon with decadent views of the Taj Mahal, even during yoga. Adventurers on safari in Bandhavgarh National Park encounter a Jungle Book cast of monkeys, barking deer and sloth bears—and, if they’re lucky, wild tigers. In Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, spiritual seekers can witness Hindu rituals full of color and devotion to the cycle of life and death.
From the white-marble Taj Mahal to the Ellora Caves, India is home to 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites. On a trip to India, you can see some of them in the northern state of Rajasthan, home to famous Mughal forts and palaces and the painted cities of Jodhpur, in blue, and Jaipur, in pink. India is an extraordinary feast for the senses, but underneath the colorful chaos is a beauty that dates back to the early mists of time. It is that beauty that stays with you.