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

Palace of the winds, Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Asia

Jain Temple, Ranakpur, Rajasthan

Jain Temple, Ranakpur, India, Asia

Prayer flags in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Prayer flags in Leh, India, Asia

The Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

An Indian Sadhu, Tamil Nadu

Indian Sadhu, Tamil Nadu, India

Tea plantations in Kerala

Tea plantations in Kerala, India

Tibetan monks, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Tibetan monks, Bodhgaya, India

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai cityscape, Maharashtra, India, Asia

The temples of Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Multi coloured gopuram Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

The ghats of the river Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

River Ganges, Varanasi Ghats, India

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore Palace, Karnataka, India, Asia

Mountains in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Road to mountains in Ladakh, India

Kumbh Mela festival, Allahabad

Kumbh Mela festival, Allahbad, India

The backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala, India

Holi festival celebrations

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A beach in Goa

A beach in Goa, India, Asia

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

Lotus Temple, Delhi, India

Food market, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Market, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Cloth drying in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Cloth in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

Golden Temple, Amritsar, Pubjab, India

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