Few destinations offer such diversity as India and the subcontinent. Immerse yourself in culture, experience unmissable sights and journey through ever-changing landscapes, from the breathtaking Himalayas to the lush flora of the south. Here are just some of the opportunities that await.
Exquisite temples rub shoulders with relics of the Raj in India's cities. In Delhi, you'll find Parliament House, the ancient Qutub Minar - a soaring tower of sandstone - and the spectacular Red Fort. At Jaipur, nicknamed the 'Pink City', you'll find the marvellous 17th century Amber Fort, while in Kolkata, you won't want to miss the treasure trove of Raj relics at the Victoria Memorial.
The jaw-dropping sight of the Taj Mahal is not to be missed. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, nothing will prepare you for your first glimpse of this magnificent white marble mausoleum.
Experience the Indian way of life with a visit to the holy city of Varanasi, where Hindus bathe in the waters of the Ganges, while Chochin, in India's South, boasts both a beautiful natural harbour and the Dutch Palace, with its splendid murals. Nepal's capital, Kathmandu City, features a temple of the Living Goddess, and at nearby Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, you can see Nyatapola Temple - the highest in Nepal.
Take luxury to a new level in Udaipur, where you can stay at the Taj Lake Palace hotel, a historic royal residence. Meanwhile, in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace affords exotic views of this historical 'Blue City', with its blue rooftops - plus you'll see imposing 15th century Mehrangarh Fort.
Mumbai is a melting-pot of new and old India. Pay a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum, with its impressive white dome and array of interesting artefacts.
Awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas
The sweeping vista of the Himalayas at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. Explore the montains of India and Nepal and you'll find numerous sacred Buddhist sites amongst the foothills. The wildlife, too, is just waiting to be discovered - take a safari at Chitwan National Park and you might even spot the elusive Bengal tiger.
Hike to the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda at Pokhara, or visit the ancient Swayambhunath stupa, an iconic symbol of Nepal with its glittering golden spire. Or perhaps you'll check out the pretty town of Darjeeling, surrounded by distinctive black tea plantations.
Lush landscapes, tigers and the South
Incorporate a trip to one, or more, of India's stunning national parks into your visit. To look for the country's famous tigers, join an early-morning safari at Ranthambore - considered the best game reserve in India. Or perhaps you'll visit southern India's Periyar Game Reserve, where a boat trip will give you the chance to look for elephants, bison and deer.
Cruise the Chambal River and you could spot Ganges River Dolphins, turtles and mugger crocodiles. Or immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of Panna National Park.
India's laid-back south offers a wonderful cultural experience. Spend a night aboard one of Kerala's famous houseboas to see how the locals live, then soak up the sun in the stunninng Kovalam beach area.
By train - the only way to travel
Is there anything more memorable, evocative and inspiring than travelling through India by train? Perhaps you'll visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, where tiny steam engines pull coaches up impossible-looking gradients towards the Tibetan Buddhist Ghoom monastery. Or maybe you'll take a classical north Indian train journey such as the scenic route from Agra to Jhansi.
For unparalleled luxury, step aboard the Maharajas' Express in Dehil and enjoy an onboard gourmet dinner at one of the train's two restaurants - dining on gold-edged plates and drinking wine from hand-cut Swarovski crystal glasses. This is the life!
India, your way
No matter how you choose to experience India and the subcontinent, the sheer scale and diversity of the place means there's always plenty to explore. With our new 'Discover More' range, you can mix and match experiences for a unique, tailor-made grand tour that encompasses the highlights that matter most to you, giving you the holiday of a lifetime.