The beating heart of the Indian state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad has managed to preserve its cultural integrity through the centuries, remaining relatively unaffected by the British colonial rule. Little-developed by the tourism industry, the city remains a true hidden gem inhabited by remarkably hospitable Gurajatis, teeming with exquisite historic temples, renowned universities, and world-class vegetarian eateries able to convert diners of the most carnivorous persuasion.
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Bangalore is where India is headed - as the fifth largest city in India, it is said to be the fastest growing city in Asia, in a plethora of interesting buildings and high tech industries. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and it´s where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. The once sleepy regional capital is today a modern metropolis that will come as a big surprise to those who are visiting for the first time. As wealthier Indians flock to live here, Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cafe and bar culture. The city might lack historical sites but it compensates it with its buzzing, relaxed and liberal atmosphere and a location that makes Bangalore a perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples and evocative palaces of the Deccan.
The site of former Indian, Portuguese and Dutch settlements, today’s Chennai was established by the British in the 17th century as a trading port. This colonial town, formerly known as Madras, has since grown into India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Home to a colonial fort and an array of beautiful temples, monuments and churches, water sports and amusement parks, street markets and shopping centers, fine dining and luxury hotels, as well as one of the longest sandy beaches in the world. This bustling and colorful Indian city is bound to have something on offer for everyone.
A city of architectural beauties and dazzling contrasts, Mumbai shows the astonished traveler the untold side of the charming state of Maharashtra. With an increasing population, it has become one of the world's most populous metropolitan areas, making Mumbai a heady hub of diverse cultures. Here, in the commercial capital of India, the financial district lumps together with Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, while one of the most expensive residential property has risen up shoulder to shoulder to Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat where workers still wash laundry in stone-made basins. A megalopolis where extremes meet and the pace is fast, Mumbai, love it or hate it, will certainly leave its mark.
Delhi is a thoroughly inscrutable onion of a city: every layer you peel off reveals an even deeper layer of history. Rebuilt eight times by its many conquerors, it has been the seat of the Hindu, Muslim and British Empires. All of them have left their mark in the architecture, customs, food and people of this relentless city. Now they are all undergoing a new transformation as the capital of modern India.