India conjures up exotic, evocative images - from brightly coloured silk saris to the majestic Taj Mahal. If you want more from your holidays than the usual combination of sun, sea and sand, India is in a class of its own. The beaches of Goa are some of the world's finest, and the waters of the Arabian Sea are warm and inviting.

However, even in popular Goan resorts like Cavelossim and Arossim, the scent of spices in the warm air, the bright fishing boats and the laidback beach shacks transport you a million miles from your standard package deal destination.

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Away from the beaches you can taste true India, with winding backwaters flanked by lush jungle contrasting with the heady hustle and bustle of the Goan cities. Explore the market at Margao, visit the Palacio do Deao, and its stunning gardens in the city of Quepem, and get lost in the abandoned city of Old Goa, where exquisite forgotten churches and museums hide around every corner. Of course, no visit to India would be complete without a trip to the breath-taking Taj Mahal in Agra.

Many travellers choose to combine the trip to Agra with a stop off in India's capital, Delhi, where cultural gems await exploration, including Humayun's Tomb, the historical site of Qutab Minar, the gold-domed Gurudwara Bangla Sahib temple and the National Gandhi Museum. When you book your flights to India with Thomascook Airlines you can build your own perfect break and enjoy the delight of India your way.

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The UNESCO protected Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 and is one of the world’s most celebrated structures, attracting 3 million visitors a year.


The capital of India is New Delhi but Mumbai is the most populated, amazing tourists with its vibrant, bustling atmosphere.


Madurai in southern India is one of the oldest inhabited cities in India and boasts many beautiful and ancient temples like the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple.


Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga and has many yoga retreats and opportunities for getting in touch with your spiritual side.


The Vijayanagara ruins in Karnataka were once the second largest city in the world. Destroyed in the 16th century, it is now one of India’s most popular sights.


The city of Amritsar in northwest India is a holy place for Sikhs and is home to the famous Golden Temple.


Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala’s backwaters is a huge 200km2 lagoon with the title of India's most preserved lake – it’s also perfect for boat trips.


India’s national symbol is the beautiful and endangered Bengal Tiger, but don’t worry you won’t run into one as they’re very rare!


Tarkarli beach in southern Maharashtra is one of the best places for snorkelling or scuba diving as it is home to one of India’s most beautiful coral reefs.


Arambol in Goa is perfect for a party. This laid-back beach offers alternative therapies like yoga and tai chi, but also fantastic live music and beach bars.