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Flights from India

Do you know of the world’s largest film industry that ends in ‘-ollywood’? Thing is, it doesn’t start with the letter ‘H’. It starts with a ‘B’. That’s right, Bollywood produces twice as many films annually compared to Hollywood.

Not only is India’s Hindi movie industry huge, the same can be said of the country. India encompasses everything from the icy Himalayas in the north to the lush forests of Kerala in the tropics, with approximately over a thousand languages spoken across the land. If you’re leaving India already, make sure you’ve been to these cities for an enriching time:

Agra

What better way to understand India than visiting the city of Agra, which is a goldmine of ancient Indian architecture, including one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Built as an emblem of love, the Taj Mahal not only has a story to tell but is also ideal for photography enthusiasts as its appearance varies according to time and light conditions. Also, standing in this illustrious city is the Agra Fort, which dates back to the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, and the historic town of Fatehpur Sikri.

Mumbai

Mumbai is home to the aforementioned Bollywood, where tours of the various Hindi movie sets are conducted. To further immerse yourself in Indian art and culture, make your way to Kala Ghoda Art Precinct, where you’ll find Mumbai’s most outstanding museums and galleries. Mumbai is also great for street shopping. Find antiques at Chor Bazaar Thieves Market, spices at Crawford Market and affordable apparel at Linking Road.

New Delhi

Besides the cultural significance of India’s capital, New Delhi is also home to some of the country’s major gardens. In Nizamuddin East, you will find the architectural work that inspired the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, which is also a Mausoleum for the second Mughal emperor‘s body. Close by is the British-constructed Lodi Gardens, a calm palace to relax your senses.

If you’re ready to explore other parts of the world, the following destinations may pique your interest:

Nepal

Nepal is the place to get high. High on lofty mountains that is, with 8 of the 10 world’s highest points found there. However, if you’re not keen on getting into trekking gear, Nepal is also ideal for viewing sacred architecture, such as the Bodnath, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple. Then, complete your trip to Nepal at Thamel, one of Nepal’s most touristy spots where you can shop for clothes, craftwork, food and other Nepali memorabilia.

Bhutan

For a getaway from the bustling crowds in India, the small and laidback country of Bhutan is only a short flight away. Bhutan has picturesque landscapes and historical sites that make for an ideal spiritual holiday. Visit Taktsang, the monastery sitting on a cliff that bears religious significance to the Bhutanese and see Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second tallest peak where you can get picture-perfect views from the Jangothan camping site.

Maldives

There are not many places on earth with waters as clear as those you will find in the Maldives. A relatively short flight from India, the Maldives is a divers’ heaven, where you can swim alongside sharks and countless other fascinating marine wildlife. Get your diving gear on at the Ari Atoll, North and South Male Atoll, Felidhoo Atoll and many other unforgettable diving sites.

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