States of India
Andaman & Nicobar
The emerald islands
Gateway to the North-East of India
The birthplace of Buddhism
One of the least visited states of North India, Bihar is in fact an important place in the history of Indian civilization, as the birthplace of Buddhism - for it was here, at Bodh Gaya, that the Buddha gained enlightenment.
The first modern city of independent India
Chandigarh, the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, is famous for its design and layout. The city was planned by the French architect Le Corbusier in the early 1950s, and today remains one of India's most pleasant, well-planned state capitals, with the hills of Himachal Pradesh beginning just on the outskirts.
The capital of India, perfectly blending historic and modern India.
A former Portuguese territory
Goa, Daman and Diu were Portuguese possessions in India which were liberated in 1961. Whilst Goa became a State, a Union Territory was formed in 1987 consisting of the two separate districts of Daman and Diu.
A tropical paradise
Goa is so beautiful that it is not surprising that the Portuguese stayed on for 450 years! They endowed the predominantly Hindu land with a Latin language and flavour that is still very alive and thriving, decades after the Portuguese heyday.
One of India's most colourful states
Growth engine of India
Himachal Pradesh is India's most popular and easily accessible hill state. The snowy mountains and steep hillsides have ensured that the region has remained an idyllic place, little touched by the fast changing world around it.
Jammu & Kashmir
Find `Little Tibet' in Ladakh
Jammu and Kashmir is India's northernmost state, bordering Pakistan and China's Tibetan plateau. It's three distinct regions - Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh - offer a rich diversity of landscapes, religions and people.
The new state of Jharkhand, in what was southern Bihar, came into being in 2000. An area of great natural beauty, Jharkand comprises a forested plateau, home to a large population of tribal people with distinctive cultures.
Where ancient history meets trendy modern life
God's own country
Kerala is a narrow, fertile strip of land wedged between the verdant hills and rain forests of the Western Ghats and the wide beaches of the Arabian Sea. In between is a labyrinth of backwaters lined with coconut palms and lush paddy fields.
Coral hideaway in the Arabian Sea
Deep in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean lies the last of the enchanted isles. The Lakshadweep, or Laccadive Islands, is a string of little known islands lying approximately 200 miles off the coast of Kerala.
The heart of India
Few regions in India are as fascinating as Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India. Intersected by rivers and dotted with hills and lakes, the state has varied landscapes, each more beautiful than the other.
From Bollywood to ancient Buddhist monuments
Maharashtra has a beautiful long coast line with countless inlets, ridges and valleys, and is known for its ancient forts. Inland, parallel to the Arabian Sea, are the Western Ghats, with their own range of forts and picturesque hill stations.
Abode of the clouds
Meghalaya is one of north-east India's most attractive states. It has a wealth of rolling green, thickly forested hills that nurture an amazing ecological diversity, populated by tribal groups who follow a matrilineal system of inheritance.
Home of a distinct and fascinating culture
Temples and beaches
The state of Orissa is not widely visited by foreign tourists, despite having many attractions: These include the Sun temple at Konarak, outstanding temple architecture in Bhubaneswar and Puri, and the serenely beautiful Chilika lake, Asia's largest saltwater body.
The French Connection
The Union Territory of Pondicherry comprises four coastal regions: Pondicherry and Karaikal, situated on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andra Pradesh and Mahe on the west coast of Kerala. Pondicherry is the capital of this Union Territory.
Bread basket of the nation
Amongst the Maharajas
Overflowing with monuments and heritage buildings, many of which are now open to guests, Rajasthan offers the most interesting accommodation options: historical forts, elegant palaces, traditional mud huts, desert tents, and wonderful home stays.
One of the last Himalayan `Shangri las'
Sikkim is one of India's smallest but most beautiful states, situated in the far north-east of the subcontinent. It is considered to be still one of the last Himalayan `Shangri-las' as a result of its remoteness, spectacular mountain terrain, hundreds of varieties of orchids, and ancient Buddhist monasteries.
The temple trail
Tamil Nadu has all that a visitor could look for. A dramatic coastline, beautiful beaches and dense forests. Apart from this, Tamil Nadu has also some of India's most magnificent temples, many still active centres of religious practice.
The Hindi heartland
The northern state of Uttar Pradesh, popularly know as UP, is India's most populous state. It is the heartland of Hindi, the principal indigenous language of India, and the official language of government.
The foothills of the Himalayas
In the year 2000 the northern state of Uttaranchal was carved out of the hill areas of Uttar Pradesh. It is a small state filled to the brim with religious sites, wildlife reserves and cool hills that invite escape.
From the Bay of Bengal to the Himalayan hills
Fairs and Festivals of India
Witness masked dances and traditional music at the 300-year-old Buddhist monastery of Hemis. This exceptional 2 days festival is held every year in June or July at Hemis near Leh. Read more about Ladakh
Puri Rath Yatra
Join one million pilgrims to witness gods being transported on towering chariots to the Jagannath temple. This exuberant 10 days Rath Yatra festival is held every year in Puri in July. Read more about Orissa
Alleppey Boat Race
Enjoy colourful snake boat races in the Kerala backwaters, marking the highlight of the Onam festival. The spectacular Nehru Trophy is held in Allapuzha on the second Saturday of August. Read more about Kerala
Mysore Dussehra Festival
In September every year the city of Mysore goes all out to celebrate its Dussehra festival. This cultural extravaganza takes place over 10 days in multiple venues in and around Mysore. Read more about Karnataka
Every year in October/November, depending on the cycle of the moon, thousands of camels converge on the small holy town of Pushkar in the Rajasthan desert, for the Pushkar Camel Fair. Read more about Rajasthan
Every year in the first week of December the unique Hornbill Festival takes places near Kohima, featuring traditional arts, dances, folk songs, and music concerts in the evenings. Read more about Nagaland
Feast of Francis Xavier
Every year in the first week of December a celebration is held at the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa in honor of Saint Francis Xavier, one of the greatest Christian missionaries to visit India. Read more about Goa
Mamallapuram Dance Festival
The annual open air Mamallapuram Dance Festival runs for the full month of January and showcases classical and folk dances from all over India. Read more about Tamil Nadu
Ahmedabad Kite Festival
Fly a kite along with millions others. The Ahmedabad kite festival in January marks the occasion of Makar Sankranti (the transition of the sun into the northern hemisphere). Read more about Gujarat
Surajkund Crafts Mela
Visit the Surajkund Crafts Mela, just south of Delhi, which showcases the finest handloom, handicrafts, and cuisine from all over India. Every year in the first half of February. Read more about Delhi
International Yoga Festival
Free your mind, body & spirit. The International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh offers yoga classes from world class Yoga teachers. Every year in the first half of March. Read more about Uttaranchal