India is often described like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it, but whichever way you feel about it, India is certainly a world of its own. This is down to its overwhelming, chaotic and coloruful nature, unsurprising in a country with over a billion residents. This is the kind of country where there are vast contrasts in wealth and culture on show everywhere you look from the in-your-face poverty of the slums to the materialistic affluence shown in the towering apartment blocks.
Whether you choose to explore the vast numbers of religious sites and temples, get lost in the huge, busy cities, relax in the peace of Kerala or trek through the Himalayas for a touch of adventure, there is no end to the opportunities on offer.
The cost of living is some of the lowest in Asia and transport around the country is frequent and inexpensive, although with this comes the inevitable problems of overcrowding and delays – but this is all part of what adds to the unique nature of travelling in India.