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India in South Asia is known for its unique culture, traditions and religious beliefs. From the meandering majesty of the Ganges River to the world-class dining, shopping and sights on offer in Mumbai, India promises to hold any holidaymaker in thrall. Home to over one billion people, this exotic country should be a must-visit, but how to approach a destination that offers so much?

India is the second most populous country on earth and the main cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad all offer excellent starting points for any trip. International flights mostly land at Mumbai and New Delhi, but internal flights are regular and inexpensive, meaning it shouldn't be too difficult to spread your net wide.

The country is home to a range of fascinating tourist attractions. Here are just a few of the more popular tourist destinations in India to add to the itinerary and should not be missed:

Taj Mahal – Located in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal is a majestic white marble mausoleum situated on the southern bank of Yamuna River. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, commissioned to have the Taj Mahal built to house the tomb of his favourite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal. It is considered to be the “jewel of Muslim art” in India and is one of the most iconic structures in the world as well as a symbol of the country’s rich history. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Qutb Minar – Also known as Qutub Minar, it is the second tallest minar in India, which is a characteristic architectural feature found in most mosques. It is usually a tall spire with a conical shaped crown. The Qutb Miinar stands at 73 metres tall and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in Delhi.

Humayun’s Tomb – Located in Nizamuddin East in Delhi, it is the Mughal Emperor Humayun’s tomb. The emperor’s first wife, Bega Begum, commissioned the tomb to be built. It is considered to be the first garden-tomb located in the Indian subcontinent and also the first building to have used red sandstone to such a scale. The Humayun’s Tomb is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Agra Fort – Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort is located in the Uttar Pradesh region of India. It is situated just 2.5 kilometres from the Taj Mahal. Agra Fort is often described as a walled city and encompasses a land area of 94 acres. Notable sites in Agra Fort include its two gates, the “Delhi Gate” and the “Lahore Gate”, also known as the “Amar Singh Gate”. The “Delhi Gate” is considered to be grandest among the four gates in the fort.

The best time to visit India is the winter months of November to March. Temperatures are extremely tolerable then and flights are at their cheapest. Especially if travelling to the north of the country, temperatures can tip over 40 degrees Celsius, with the south of the country proving a little cooler.

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