INDIA LOOMS LARGE in the traveler’s imagination. There’s just so much here: thousands of years of history spanning countless dynasties and kingdoms, land area of over 1.2 million square miles (it’s the world’s seventh-largest nation), the rich heritage that comes from being the birthplace of dozens of spiritual traditions, the colors of art and fashion both ancient and cutting edge, and a modern population that exceeds 1.2 billion people.
Pretending to be able to choose a handful of pictures to fully represent a country this expansive is certainly impossible, if not also insulting. Instead, the 23 images below are intended to give a sense of this great diversity, and offer a taste of what you might find on a visit, whether you’re headed to the beach or to the world’s highest mountain peaks. Enjoy.