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Among the almost 1.3bn inhabitants of India there are numerous different cultures and traditions, which combined with the diversity of the nation’s wildlife and nature, make India a gigantic, glittering gem ripe for exploring. There are 35 UNESCO Heritage Sites in India and a number of these are located in the area colloquially known as the Golden Triangle. Here a true wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, towers majestically over the river and the surrounding city of Agra. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate the death of his beloved wife, it is probably one of the largest and heaviest love letters in the world. Agra is literally packed with breathtaking architecture and stunning sights. Opposite the Taj Mahal, across from the Yamuna River, you can wander through the beautiful gardens of Mehtab Bagh before heading to the impressive and very red Agra Fort, which among other buildings contains the Jama Masjid - one of the largest mosques in India.
Regardless of where you go in India, you’ll be met with areas that for thousands of years have managed to preserve their own identity, while encompassing various outside influences. This delightful blend of the traditional, the unexpected and the new is what makes India astound you and sweep you off your feet. Experience the pink city of Jaipur, with its colourful buildings and palaces like the impressive Amer Fort and the ‘Palace of the Winds’ – the Hawa Mahal. Visit the ancient city of Varanasi on the banks of the mighty Ganges River and then round off your tour of the Golden Triangle in the capital city of Delhi. An urban infinity, you’ll find a million things to do and see in this city. From the imposing India Gate at the centre of Delhi, to the splendour of the Red Fort and the Raj Ghat; through bustling markets and shops along the Chandni Chowk and the Rajiv Chowk, to a glimpse of the rare white tigers at the National Zoological Park, and you’ve still only scraped the surface of Delhi and India. Alternatively, you can also enjoy the white beaches of laid back Goa. Experience the vibrant nightlife, the clear sea and the rich cultural heritage that inhabit this coastal region. In India, every region is a microcosm of wonderful things to discover. Take your time to fully savour every stunning view and delight.
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
Spending an extended weekend in Iceland means making sure you pack in all the things worth seeing and doing here. Don't fret, though, we've kindly compiled a useful list that you are free to follow to make sure you get the full experience of this wonderful Viking island.
Whether you are staying on the mainland, or even on one of the many islands themselves, you can easily travel to and between some of the more remote islands that will give you a glimpse of a more serene part of the Mediterranean, away from the tourists and the developed seafronts.