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If you’ve come to India to see incomparably exotic scenery, pilgrims bathing in glassy rivers, and giant temple towers writhing with sensuous statues and scampering monkeys, look no further than Hampi, the ruined capital of India’s last great Hindu empire.
Surrounded by the silty waters of the Brahmaputra, Majuli Island is a bastion of a rare and vibrant form of Vishnu worship centered on 22 monastery-temples, or Sattras, where you can attend mesmerizing music and dance recitals performed by local monks.
Arunachal Pradesh, literally “Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountain”, is one of India’s last unspoilt regions, and the Tawang Valley in its southeastern corner a veritable Shangri La of snow peaks and picture-book Buddhist monasteries.
Many travellers come to Kolkata (Calcutta) expecting to endure a rite of passage, but find themselves enthralled by the special atmosphere of its streets, lined by some of the grandest buildings ever erected by the British in India.