India, widely considered the world’s most multi-dimensional country, is composed of stunning natural and cultural wonders from border to border. Abundant natural resources and favorable geography have given India a great diversity of ecoregions, extending from tropical rainforest to desert. From the arid Himalayan plateau and deserts of Rajasthan to the tropical backwaters of Kerala and swamps of Kaziranga, the breadth of India’s habitats is only equaled by the biodiversity that it supports.
Culture & History
Like its natural environments, India’s culture represents extreme contrasts: colorful street bazaars, marble mausoleums, ancient royal palaces, and modern day slums. India is decorated by some of the world’s greatest manmade wonders, including the Taj Mahal, Agra’s crowning architectural jewel, and numerous well-preserved ancient relics. There are many ways travelers can discover the complexities of India’s 5,000 year old heritage: studying Indian history through art, architecture, and religion; cross-cultural interaction with community members in rural villages; participating in service projects at local schools; or meeting with experts to discuss the challenges of urbanization, conservation, and related social issues.