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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