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Start in Delhi, the capital of India and a great place to gradually get acquainted with Indian culture and rhythms.

Your next stop is Agra and the nearby Taj Mahal, which is one of the major tourist destinations in India.

Hindus consider Varanasi to be one of the holiest cities in India, and it is said that if you die here, you will soon be released from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.

To reach the true heart of northern India, you will need to take an overnight train (or fly) back to Delhi. From Delhi, about 7 hours by train or bus to Rishikesh, the first of its kind hit the Beatles.

Also prominent in northern India is Dharamsala and nearby McLeod Ganj, home to the exiled Tibetan government.

If you really want to see the Himalayan mountains in their full glory, head to Ladakh, in the far northwest.

If the southern beaches of India and spicy dishes are your style, head south from Delhi to Goa.

If you are tired of the scorching sun, the nearby Hampi gives you a quiet escape route.

If you go south, visit Kerala, perhaps India's most developed country. Walk in the sluggish waters between Alleppey and Kollam and if you have a group with rupees to keep, renting a houseboat is a way to go in style.

From Delhi, take a few days off for a side trip. Visit Rajasthan, with its beautiful cities set in motion by the magnificent desert land. Highlights include Jaipur (pink city) and Jodhpur (the blue city).