Colourful, characterful India continues to amaze and inspire her visitors; a country full of paradoxes and contrasts to beguile anyone who takes the time to explore it. The best way to enjoy your holiday in India is simply to open your heart and soak up what is surely the greatest show on earth.

The world's second most populous country, India is also an enormous landmass, full of interesting towns and cities and incredible remote areas that one really would need a lifetime to explore it all. A thorough, though not rigid, pre-trip itinerary is recommended - decide what areas most appeal to you and set yourself the modest goal of exploring them properly. Remember, perhaps more so in India than anywhere else, it's the journey, and not the destination, that is all-important.

Having said that, India boasts a startling array of world-famous attractions: from the historic Red Fort of Old Delhi, to the glimmering Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Ghats of Varanasi, the desert palaces of Rajasthan, the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, the cool alpine air of Darjeeling and, of course, the immortal Taj Mahal, visitors can anticipate more than a few awe-inspiring sights.

India is not only one of the best value-for-money tourist destinations in the world, but one which offers a totally unique, not-to-be-repeated-anywhere-else kind of travelling experience to visitors. A friendly land, there are few more intriguing places to travel than majestic India.