India is a "land of snake charmers, elephants and maharajas" and a country full of surprises. It has everything a traveller would look forward to with absolute delight. It has got some of the world's best beaches in Goa. There are some of the best hill stations cradled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. The magnificent Taj Mahal from Agra is as alluring to a Westerner so as to an Indian. The majestic palaces of Jaipur show the past glory of the kings who ruled this desert land. The National Parks and the sanctuaries of India are a home to many a varied animals and birds. The Royal Bengal tigers are the most graceful animals found in the Sundarbans in West Bengal. The temples of Mt Abu, Ranakpur, Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark and the temples of Khajuraho are a must see for anyone visiting India.
The capital of Karnataka state, and now part of the great Silicon Valley, Bangalore is a beautiful city filled with the tranquillity of its greenery. The most beautiful city, Mysore, is near by. Kolkata, the gateway city to eastern India, is 300 years old. Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu is the seat of ancient civilisation with a rich heritage of fine arts, temples with huge gopurams, sculptures and architecture. Hyderabad is famous as the former seat of the fabulously wealthy nizams. Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. Mumbai, till recently called Bombay, is the "Finance Capital of India" & one of
the finest metropolitan in the world.
Popular hill-stations in India are Gangtok, Darjeeling, Dharamshala, Dehradun, Auli, Kasauli, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Mount Abu, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Dalhousie, Kullu, Lonavala, Manali, Coorg, Coonoor, Khajjiar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Shimla and Srinagar (Kashmir).