A few expert tips will help you enjoy this challenging but magical country, writes Nina Karnikowski.
Through the smoky haze I can see the world's most famous monument. And there are no tourists around.
Trekkers in the lonely reaches of the Himalayas have a fierce single-mindedness about their quest.
Delhi is a mix of captivating chaos, a mind-boggling history, delectable food and great charm.
From coloured gems and architectural jewels to trendy teahouses and exquisite crafts.
Even seasoned travellers can be overwhelmed by the sights, smells and unfamiliar rituals of India.
It's a triumph of engineering, geometry and artistry.
A visit leaves an impenetrable mark, for this is a country of brilliant colour and culture; from the blue city of Jodhpur, the golden temple of Amritsar to the saris left to dry in the breeze. From the magnificent Taj Mahal, the ghats of Varanasi, its southern tea plantations and backwaters, to its singular festivals and the far mountains of Ladakh, this is a country that has much to offer intrepid travellers.