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.
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Surprisingly smooth check-in experience despite the airport handling 33.3 million passengers in the last year.
"Has anyone gone over the edge?" I ask our suspiciously calm guide, Bhupesh. "Not so far, but there's still hope," he replies, deadpan.
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.