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.
"Has anyone gone over the edge?" I ask our suspiciously calm guide, Bhupesh. "Not so far, but there's still hope," he replies, deadpan.
India's hippy Goa hides a number of boutique luxury stays and hip places to shop.
Settled by nomadic herdsmen and Buddhist refugees in the fourth century, Ladakh has kept alive many of its folk traditions.
A wooden slab may just help you tune into your body's health and wellbeing.
There's nothing cookie cutter about the SHM experience.
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.