The second most populous nation in the world, India can overwhelm the senses. Its ancient culture, densely packed cities, and astonishing landscapes have fascinated and perplexed visitors for centuries. Mark Twain once said of India, ‘… the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.’ 

In many ways, India is a chameleon. There’s the India of the Himalayas, the India of the Rajasthan desert, Gujarati India, Kashmiri India, Moghul India, Buddhist India, Sikh India and so on. Each of these Indias come together in a noisy tapestry that is the world’s largest democracy.  (more…)