At the end of Alexander the Great’s global conquest stood India; the subcontinent of mystique and an endless global treasury of geographic wonders and ancient cultures. With over one billion people, more than twenty recognized national languages and two hundred religious, ethnic and tribal identities, no other nation in the world can boast as large and diversified of a land as India can. Needless to say, the traveler to India will be faced with an endless list of experiences to chose from.
The Taj Mahal, the great mausoleum of Agra, remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is recognized as one of the most magnificent structures combining Islamic, Persian and Central Asian motifs. The Golden Temple of Amritsar in the country’s northern Sikh region continues to be considered one of the world’s most important holy shrines, while the Bihar region in the East draws upon millennium of Buddhist culture and religion.
Nature preserves across the country highlight the rich biodiversity of India, while twenty-seven urban centers with populations above a million can make for a world of discovery for those venturing to try Indian cuisine, sample any number of varying cultural music and dance traditions, and gain insight into the land of ceaseless wonders.