India

Things to do in India

No visit to India would be complete without first going to the Taj Mahal. This beautiful, white domed mausoleum is known as the "crown of palaces" and took 21 years to complete. You can't help but be awestruck when entering this gorgeous edifice. Delhi is nearby the Taj Mahal and has many historic ruins that travelers will want to checkout.

When planning your India travel during the winter months, make a trip to Gangtok when the Khecheopalri Lake is frozen. It is absolutely stunning, with the trees blanketed in thick white snow and the lights shining off the lake. The lake and surrounding land is considered sacred and wish-fulfilling.

Varanasi is another must-see location. It is considered the holy city and people come there to receive water from the Ganges River. Bombay is another city that has a lot of exciting attractions that you won’t want to miss. It is a modern city that is known for business and many business travelers land up there.

At the 2009-opened gallery, which includes a cozy café and bookshop, the focus is on young, burgeoning Indian painters and sculptors, with pieces by P. S. Jalaja and Sonia Jose.

The museum is set north and west of the old seaside fort in a part of the city built on a grid, an early example of urban planning in British India. It would be a stretch to attempt a comprehensive account of the treasures at this little-visited attic of

Come in for brightly colored shawls made of kashgar, a fine sheer cashmere gauze.

The latest outpost of the contemporary-art giant.

The tumbeldown manse was built during the 19th century by the trader Raja Rajendra Mullick to accommodate a strange hoard of Chinese urns and ornate statues of naked European ladies and pictures allegedly by Rubens and Murillo, whose paint now flakes and whose canvases sag in their frames.

Not so you’d know it to look at the place—like Khan Market, it defines “unassuming”—but this run-down shopping plaza is the insider’s choice for silver, antiques, and jewelry.

After traversing the Tibetan Plateau, the Yarlung Tsangpo River becomes the mighty Siang of northern India.

Opened in 1887 for the Queen Empress's jubilee; particularly fine goods are in the South Indian Women's Work Room.

This sacred island in the Narmada River 34 miles upstream from the Ahilya Fort is the site of an important Shiva temple, the Mandhatta Jyotirling, and is close to a center of Shiva lingam manufacturing. It is also a gathering place for the wandering mendicants known as sadhus.

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Textile designer Meera Mehta has a superb sense of color and works with weavers around the country.

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The cavernous gallery packs a former cotton warehouse with groundbreaking installations by local and international artists.

New York–based stylist Gurmeet Pia Fleming caters to women of a certain stature; her store is the perfect place to find a handsomely tailored suit or cocktail dress for a VIP visit to one of the embassies or a ladies’ afternoon tea.