A land of countless colours, intriguing cultures and scores of delicious foods, India is an exciting and beautiful travel destination. To inspire you to jump on that plane, we've selected 20 pictures of India to take you from the backwaters of Kerala to Ladakh's soaring mountain passes.

Palace of the winds (Hawa Mahal), Jaipur, Rajasthan

20 arresting pictures of India: Hawa Mahal palace, Palace of the Winds, Jaipur, India.© saiko3p/Shutterstock 

Jain Temple, Ranakpur, Rajasthan

20 arresting pictures of India: Ranakpur Temple, Rajasthan, India.© saiko3p/Shutterstock

Prayer flags in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

20 arresting pictures of India: Buddhist prayer flags, bridge above Indus river, Himalayan mountain, Leh, Ladakh, India.© Zoltan Szabo Photography/Shutterstock 

The Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

20 arresting pictures of India: Taj Mahal, Agra, India.© Abhi Bose/Shutterstock

An Indian Sadhu, Tamil Nadu

20 arresting pictures of India: Indian sadhu (holy man), Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.© OlegD/Shutterstock

Tea plantations in Kerala

Tea plantation, Munnar, Kerala, India.© Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shutterstock 

Tibetan monks, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

20 arresting pictures of India: Buddhist monk pray, Mahabodhy Temple, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.© Rafal Cichawa/Shutterstock

Mumbai, Maharashtra

20 arresting pictures of India: Mumbai India.© Towering Goals/Shutterstock 

The temples of Madurai, Tamil Nadu

20 arresting pictures of India: Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.© Val Shevchenko/Shutterstock

The ghats of the river Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

River Ganges, Varanasi Ghats, India

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

20 arresting pictures of India: Mysore Palace, Ambavilas Palace, Karnataka, India.© matias planas/Shutterstock

Mountains in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

20 arresting pictures of India: River, mountains, Kargil, Jammu, Kashmir, India.© BlackSTAR-FOTOGRAFiE/Shutterstock

Kumbh Mela festival, Allahabad

20 arresting pictures of India: Ganges River at Kumbh Mela festival, Allahabad, India.© R.M. Nunes/Shutterstock 

The backwaters of Kerala

20 arresting pictures of India: houseboat sailing in kerala backwaters, India.© Monisha Malli Sridharan/Shutterstock

Holi festival celebrations

Holi festival, IndiaSee more pictures of Holi festival here >

A beach in Goa

20 arresting pictures of India: Cola beach, Goa, India.© Guzel Gashigullina/Shutterstock 

 

Bahá'í House of Worship (Lotus Temple), Delhi, Uttar Pradesh

20 arresting pictures of India: Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India.© Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock

Food market, Pushkar, Rajasthan

20 arresting pictures of India: Food market, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.© JeremyRichards/Shutterstock

Cloth drying in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

20 arresting pictures of India: Sari clothes drying in the open air laundry, Agra, India.© Radek Kucharski/Shutterstock

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

20 arresting pictures of India: Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), Amritsar, Punjab, India.© Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shutterstock 

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