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.

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

As a travel writer, I have been to countless beautiful places around Asia and the Middle East in the past 15 years. The problem with working in amazing places is that there’s little opportunity, time, or leisure to soak up the ambience. One passes through without really taking in what casual visitors are able to soak up. So there are quite a few places I have been to but never truly visited. I visited Ladakh in northwest India some years ago, but I never got the chance to visit Panong Lake, which lies partly in Ladakh and partly in neighboring Tibet. This stunning, high altitude lake can only be reached in the summer; one needs a special Inner Line Permit, as it straddles the sensitive Indian-Chinese border. I hope to make the journey one day, late in the season, just before the arrival of winter.

—Tom Vater

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.