Do you recommend visiting India by train? Any tips for train travel?

I think the train is the best way to see India, and Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra are well-connected by rail. If you’re traveling by train, bring plenty of drinking water, as it’s not always readily available onboard. Hand sanitizer and toilet paper are also a must. Note that the air-conditioned carriages can get very cold, so it’s a good idea to bring a shawl or sweatshirt with you.

—Margot Bigg

What are the differences between Delhi and Jaipur?

Delhi is a lot bigger than Jaipur and is essentially a conglomeration of neighborhoods and villages that have merged together over the centuries. Delhi is also a bit of a pan-Indian melting pot, and its residents hail from across the country. Jaipur is a planned city and is a bit easier to get around, with more continuation between neighborhoods. In terms of accommodations, Jaipur definitely has more traditional digs, and if you get a chance, try to stay in a converted haveli (townhouse) hotel.

—Margot Bigg

Family Adventures in India

Children are welcome almost everywhere in India, and there’s enough going on in most towns and cities to keep the young entertained. Here are some of the best family-friendly sights in the country.

The Call of the Wild in Northern India

The Golden Triangle is home to some of India’s most spectacular national parks, some of which are also home to wild tigers. If you’re more interested in Mother Nature than in monuments, Northern India won’t disappoint.

Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur: Like Nowhere Else on Earth

The North Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) are collectively known as India’s Golden Triangle. Even a brief visit to this region will give you a good feel for the country’s regal past, not to mention plenty of amazing memories of your own.

India’s Golden Triangle: A Spiritual Sojourn

Divinity plays a role in even the most mundane aspects of day-to-day life in India, and this spiritually rich land has been attracting seekers for generations. Here are some of the most significant spiritual sites in and around Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.

Is there a place you’ve dreamed of visiting, but have yet to get there?

There are so many places I’ve dreamt of visiting: the Maldives, Luang Prabang in Laos, Machu Picchu, South Africa, Zanzibar… I could go on and on. Right now, my personal “dream destination” is Ethiopia. I’m fascinated by the history and culture, and I love Ethiopian food. Ethiopia has always been on my bucket list, but what really solidified my desire to go there was reading Abraham Verghese’s brilliant novel, Cutting for Stone, a couple of years ago. He does an amazing job of creating a strong sense of place in the book, and I kind of feel like I’ve been there already.

—Margot Bigg