India, located in southern Asia, is the seventh largest country in the world and one of the most populous. India shares its borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma and Bhutan. Its long coastline touches the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
India's diverse geography includes vast plains, rivers, deserts, mountains, mangrove forests and islands. The northern region contains some of the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, which attract mountain climbers to attempt the challenges of Mount Everest and K2.
Delhi is the former seat of various Indian empires, and current center of government in India. Old Delhi's narrow streets are lined with imposing mosques. The new city, designed with spacious avenues, was created by the British Raj and is home to many of the city's government buildings. As the culture capital of India, some of Delhi's most prominent sites include the Red Fort, the India Gate and the Lotus Temple.
The pink city of Jaipur, so named for the beautiful blush tones of its spectacular buildings, attracts many visitors. The city's finest architectural example, the Taj Mahal, is a must see for anyone traveling to the city.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, has a colonial past which almost gets hidden among the largest city in India's flashy new malls and apartment blocks. The influence of the city's film industry, Bollywood style movies, is reflected in the trendy fashions seen the city's nightspots.
Most visited cities: Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Agra, Goa, Kolkata, Varanasi