India is the past that holds the future, with a richness and power that overwhelm the senses. Its expanse is home to an incomparable variety of natural landscapes, the cradle of one of the highest biodiversities in the world.
Sweeping plains dominated by dizzying views of the Himalayas give way to immense rivers and pristine white beaches. And lush forests populated by countless plant species found nowhere else in the world and by complex fauna: the famous tigers, of course, but also elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and an extremely rich bird population.
In India, nature will astonish you even when it has been tamed by man, such as the luxuriant tea, vanilla, and fruit plantations of Kerala, and the touching romanticism of the region of Rajasthan, where you can visit the homes of the maharajas.
In these scenarios, the magnificence of the landscape is interwoven with the signs of a very ancient past, immortalized by the stonework of splendid palaces, markets with their rich perfumes, and temples where you can explore the spirituality of Hinduism, yoga, and Ayurveda, offering precious food for thought.
This is a past that is constantly revived in the thrilling celebrations of the traditional Indian culture, in ancient and modern art, dominated by jewels of light such as the Taj Mahal, and in its cuisine: this is where it emerges in all the wealth of its nuances. And food – as a source of pleasure and well-being – is interpreted in countless of regional varieties.
Then there are the cities. Teeming with one of the youngest populations on the planet, they hold all the facets of the complex social structures that have been immortalized by that giant of the film industry known as Bollywood. These cities are Mumbai, Delhi, and Madras, the most densely populated metropolises in India. Amidst their skyscrapers the economy is growing at an astonishing rate, and the spark of technology coexists with the vitality and colours of timeless images.