India´s capital city, Delhi is the widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The main attractions of Delhi are the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Gardens, Parliament House, Red Fort, Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque), Qutab Minar's soaring tower built in 1193.
In the southeast of Delhi lies Agra, city of the fabled Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan as a monument of his love for his wife Mumtaz. An hour outside Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, the town Akbar built as his new capital but abandoned after only a few years.
Gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan - kown as the Pink City because of the distinctive colour of its building. Jaipur is a town of broad, open avenues and many palaces: The Amber Palace, just outside the city is spectacular.
Built around the lovely lake Pichola and famed for its Lake Palace Hotel, it has been dubbed the 'Venice of the East'. To the north, in the centre of the Rajasthan desert is Jodhpur, with its colourful, winding lanes and towering fortress. Near Ajmer is the small lakeside town of Pushkar. It is the a site of religious importance. Jaisalmer is a charming oasis town - among its attractions are the camel treks out into the surrounding desert.
To the east of Delhi is the state of Uttar Pradesh, through which flows the sacred River Ganges. Built along its bank is the wondrous city of Varanasi. The town itself is a maze of winding streets, dotted with temples and shrines.
Gwalior & Khajuraho
Less than 60 km from Agra is the great ruined fortress at Gwalior. To the east lies Khajuraho with its famous temples and friezes of sensuously depicted figures.
Shimla lies around 320km north of Delhi - the greatest of all hill stations, surrounded by finely scented pine forests and the rich beauty of the Kulu Valley.
North-east of Delhi is the state of Uttaranchal - its numerous attractions include the picturesque hill stations of Mussorie and Nainital, the spiritual and yoga centre of Rishikesh and Corbett National Park, famous for its tigers.