India is a complex beauty to embrace .
India's unpredictability is to embrace her soul .
From soaring , snow dusted mountains of the far north to the steamy , sun washed beaches of the Deep South , India's dramatic terrain is breathtaking .
The multitude of sacred sites and time honoured rituals are testament to the country's long , colourful and sometimes tumultuous history .
OK , the surreal ruins of Hing were once the glorious cosmopolitan vijayanagar capital of a powerful Hindu empire , still glorious in ruins , its temples and royal structures combined sublimely with the terrain truly a world wonder .
The Taj Mahal is often described as the greatest monument to love .
The walls of this magnificent mausoleum seem to resound with Shah Jahan S adoration of his beloved wife , Mumtaz Mahal , the gem of the palace .
The hill stations still have lush forest and crisp mountain air to use cool mountain towns like Darjeeling and Shimla to escape the heat , curl up under a blanket with a steaming cup of tea and watch mountain birds swooping over misty hillsides .
You'll enjoy exploring one of India's many wildlife reserves in search of tigers , rhinos , peacocks and Lango monkeys , while birds and butterflies fly overhead .
It's unusual to find a place as gorgeous as Kerala's backwaters .
900 kilometres of interconnected rivers , lakes and lagoons lined with tropical flora .
And if you do , the best way to experience it is floating along the water on a teak and palm thatched house .
Boat season runs from December to March with peak prices , April through June offers competitive prices , or June to September sees heavy monsoon rain .
Travel costs in India can range from less than ₹2000 a day for a dorm bed and all you can eat plate meals over ₹7000 a day for deluxe hotel rooms and first class train travel .
Transport in India is frequent and inexpensive , though not always fast .
Consider domestic flights or sleeper trains .
As an alternative to long , uncomfortable bus rides , India bristles with a mind blowing mix of landscapes and rich cultural heritage .
Your journey through this intoxicating country will blaze in your memory long after you've left its shores