Varanasi - A thriving city for over 3,200 years. According to legend the Hindu god Shiva founded Varanasi and today it attracts travellers and pilgrims seeking to connect with ancient culture.
New Dehli - The capital of India, full of relics from lost empires, mausoleums, dusty bazaars and mega malls.
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) - Previously the capital of British India, now the cultural capital of India. Colonial-era buildings are scattered among a city now full of creative energy in the form of literature, art, music and theatre.
Mumbai (formerly Bombay) - Heart of the Bollywood film industry and home to the impressive Gateway of India stone arch and Elephanta Island which holds ancient cave templates.