From the earliest days of the Harappan civilisation dating back to the middle of the 4th millennium BC, the Indian sub-continent has been developing and refining its own distinct cultures and philosophies.

Sightseeing - The awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, the palaces of Rajasthan; ancient monuments and temples; museums and art galleries; cave temples in Maharashtra; hill stations; the backwaters and lakes of Kerala; magnificent beaches on the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal; jungles, rivers, bird watching and wildlife, including the endangered tigers and elephants

Shopping - What you can buy – Silks, pashminas, cotton, wool, carpets, clothes, jewellery, handicrafts, leather goods, woodwork, brassware, tea, spices, incense and Indian art.
Where you can buy – Department stores, shopping centres and bazaars.

Entertainment - Cinema, theatre, classical dances and music, puppetry, bars, nightclubs and discothèques.

Sports and leisure - Spectator sports – Cricket, horseracing, polo, soccer, kushti (Indian wrestling) and kabadi (a form of tag). Active sports – Badminton, squash, trekking, golf, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing and fishing.