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India has a lot to recommend it: the beautiful landscapes, the thriving cities, the rich nature…and who could forget the food? These 29 mind-blowing photos of India capture all different sides of this vibrant country – it’s enough to leave you with a serious case of wanderlust. We challenge you to scroll through all 29 without being inspired to book your next trip.

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Nowhere does luxury quite like India. Whether you’re staying in a palace (and almost literally rubbing shoulders with royalty) or are booked in for a glamping stay, a pampering hotel is the best way to kick off your trip.

1. You could be lounging by the beautiful pool at Devi Garh.

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2. Or at the Oberoi Udaivilas in Rajasthan. Yes, this really is a hotel.

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3. You can always find yourself a retreat in the middle of the city at the Taj Mahal Mumbai.

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4. How about a brush with royalty at a real palace hotel?

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5. Or a luxury glamping getaway far from the bustling city?

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India – a beach destination? Definitely. From popular stretches along Goa and Kerala to islands in the middle of the turquoise-hued Bay of Bengal, there are glorious stretches of sun and surf to behold.

6. No wonder Goa’s beaches are famous for being some of India’s best.

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7. After soaking up the sun, imagine heading to a cosy cottage before dinner…

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8. Sunset in Kerala. Oh yes.

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9. Yes, the waters of the Bay of Bengal really are this colour – though perhaps you need to see them yourself to be sure.

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10. A group of islands off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep is all white sand and aquamarine water.

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Get your camera (or your Instagram) at the ready – these stunning buildings show off India’s amazing and diverse architecture.

11. It’s hard to be sure which time of day flatters the Golden Temple in Amritsar the most…

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12. A palace on water. Perfection.

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13. The incredible Hawa Mahal ranks among the most beautiful sights in Rajasthan.

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14. And who could forget the “teardrop on the face of eternity,” the Taj Mahal herself?

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15. The Lotus Temple in New Delhi is more modern than many of India’s famous buildings – but no less striking.

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It’s almost impossible to summarise India’s culture, given its millennia of history and extraordinary diversity. Suffice it to say that the country is always captivating, for first-time travellers and repeat visitors alike.

16. The famous Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the most surprising events in the country.

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17. Leading to the sacred Ganges, the Varanasi Ghats host daily rituals as well as religious celebrations.

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18. That’s one good-looking elephant.

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19. For many, delicious Indian food is one of the biggest reasons to visit.

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20. Lucky visitors can witness traditional dance performances.

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India isn’t India without its tigers. Or its monkeys. Or its jungles, or mountains, or deserts. If you’re looking for a wild getaway, the subcontinent has plenty in store.

21. Kerala’s backwaters were made for lazy trips along the water.

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22. Tea is important here – and the country’s beautiful tea plantations are worth visiting, too.

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23. The Sahara? No: it’s the golden Thar Desert in Rajasthan.

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24. The world’s third tallest peak, Kanchenjunga, is located on the Indian-Nepalese border.

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25. India has many beautiful wild tigers – why not go on a safari trip to spot them?

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26. And tigers aren’t the only big cats to call the subcontinent home.

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27. Brilliant spots of colour: see how many wild parrots you can find on your next trip.

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28. Turns out lions aren’t just in Africa: discover the elusive and majestic Asiatic lion.

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29. Heading to India? Get used to seeing monkeys almost everywhere – like this funny little fellow at Hampi.

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