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AJMER PHOTOS

As you head west from Jaipur, or north from Chittor and Bundi, the flat, arid expanse of the Dhundar plains are dramatically interrupted by the Aravallis, running in a bare brown ridge towards Mount Abu and the Gujarat border.

Ajmer Photos
Ajmer Travel guide



ANJUNA PHOTOS

With its fluorescent-painted palm trees and infamous full-moon parties, ANJUNA , 8km west of Mapusa, is Goa at its most "alternative".

Anjuna Photos
Anjuna Travel guide



CALCUTTA PHOTOS

One of the four great urban centres of India, CALCUTTA is to its proud citizens the equal of any city in the country in charm, variety and interest.

Calcutta Photos
Calcutta Travel guide



COCHIN PHOTOS

The venerable city of KOCHI (long known as Cochin), is Kerala's hottest tourist spot, spreading across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and backwaters.

Cochin Photos
Cochin Travel guide



DELHI PHOTOS

On first impressions, DELHI , with its jam-packed streets, tower blocks and temples, forts, mosques and colonial mansions, can be disorienting and fascinating.

Delhi Photos
Delhi Travel guide



GOA PHOTOS

If one word could be said to encapsulate the essence of GOA , it would have to be the Portuguese sossegarde , meaning "carefree".

Goa Photos
Goa Travel guide



JAIPUR PHOTOS

A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture, the Pink City of JAIPUR has long been established on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India's "Golden Triangle", just 300km southwest of Delhi and 200km west of Agra.

Jaipur Photos
Jaipur Travel guide



JAISALMER PHOTOS

In the remote westernmost corner of Rajasthan, a good 100km beyond its closest neighbour Pokaran, JAISALMER is a desert town par excellence , its sand-yellow ramparts rising out of the arid Thar like a vision from Scheherazade.

Jaisalmer Photos
Jaisalmer Travel guide



JODHPUR PHOTOS

On the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert, JODHPUR , dubbed "the Blue City" after the colour-wash of its old town houses, sprawls across the arid terrain, overlooked by the mighty Meherangarh fort, whose ramparts rise from a sheer-sided sandstone outcrop.

Jodhpur Photos
Jodhpur Travel guide



KOVALAM PHOTOS

The coastal village of KOVALAM may lie just 10km south from Thiruvananthapuram, but as Kerala's most developed beach resort it's becoming ever more distanced from the rest of the state.

Kovalam Photos
Kovalam Travel guide


MARGAO PHOTOS

MARGAO, the capital of prosperous Salcete taluka, is regarded as Goa's second city, even though it's marginally smaller than Vasco da Gama, 30km northwest.

Margao Photos
Margao Travel guide


MUMBAI PHOTOS

Young, brash and oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker, MUMBAI (formerly Bombay ) revels in its reputation as India's most dynamic and Westernized city.

Mumbai Photos
Mumbai Travel guide


MUNNAR PHOTOS

MUNNAR , 130km east of Kochi and four-and-a-half hours by bus north of Periyar, is the centre of Kerala's principal tea growing region.

Munnar Photos
Munnar Travel guide


PALOLEM PHOTOS

PALOLEM, 35km south of Margao, pops up more often in glossy holiday brochures than any other beach in Goa, not because the village is a major package-tour destination.

Palolem Photos
Palolem Travel guide


PANJIM PHOTOS

Take any mid-sized Portuguese town, add a sprinkling of banana trees and auto-rickshaws, drench annually with torrential tropical rain, and leave to simmer in fierce.

Panjim Photos
Panjim Travel guide


PUSHKAR PHOTOS

According to the Padma (Lotus) Purana , PUSHKAR , 15km northwest of Ajmer, came into existence when Lord Brahma, the Creator, dropped his lotus flower ( pushpa ) to earth from his hand ( kar ) to kill a demon.

Pushkar Photos
Pushkar Travel guide


VAGATOR PHOTOS

Barely a couple of kilometres of cliff-tops and parched grassland separate Anjuna from the southern fringes of its nearest neighbour, VAGATOR.

Vagator Photos
Vagator Travel guide


VARKALA PHOTOS

Long known to Keralans as a place of pilgrimage, VARKALA , 54km northwest of Thiruvananthapuram and 20km southeast of Kollam, is drawing more and more.

Varkala Photos
Varkala Travel guide


VASCO DA GAMA PHOTOS

VASCO DA GAMA (commonly referred to as "Vasco"), 29km by road southwest of Panjim, sits on the narrow western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Zuari River.

Vasco da Gama Photos
Vasco da Gama Travel guide

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