Palaces, forts, gold and diamond mines?
Computer programmers, snakecharmers, banglesellers and beauty queens?
Overpopulation, corruption, and social evils?
Myriad languages, festivals, cuisines, and sartorial styles?
Elephants, spices, camels, lotuses, peacocks and tea?
Religions, systems of medicine, music, dance and martial arts?
Vibrant colors in the geography, wildlife, fabrics, arts and crafts?
Temples , mosques, monasteries, churches and ashrams?
Deserts, beaches, rivers, mangroves and mountains?
Arranged marriages and joint families?
Monsoons, droughts, floods, heat waves and balmy breezes?
Social and religious customs preserved for centuries, and monuments defaced with graffiti?
Bullock carts jostling with imported cars for space on roads, and autorickshaws defying the laws of physics in chaotic traffic?
India is or has all this and more, and the magic is that all these features are juxtaposed, not alloyed. Come, see for yourself!
And since it's not all that easy for a stranger to get around, may we suggest the best travel companions we can think of - ourselves?!