Immense, vibrant and infinitely diverse, India has always fascinated travelers with its ancient and complex culture, dazzling contrasts, and frequently breathtaking physical beauty. A nation deeply rooted in the past, India is part pure spectacle, part human pageant, with an almost bewildering profusion of different races, languages, and customs. From the dramatic, snow-swept ranges of the northern Himalayas to the lush tropical atmosphere of the south, India offers some of the most stunning scenic visions in the world. Travel in India is always an intoxicating jolt to the senses-often overwhelming, it is always unforgettable. Traveler's India Companion is a practical companion to guide ht tourist through this challenging and compelling country, vividly describing the essence of India-not only its magnificent cultural heritage but also the vitality, color, and humor of the Indian people.