(CNN) — India might just be the most colorful country on Earth.
It's a land of otherworldly landscapes -- from stunning lakes and endless rolling plains to the snow-capped Himalayas in the north.
It's also home to wild festivals, romantic mausoleums and some of the most hectic cities in the world.
As this vast Asian nation celebrates Republic Day on January 26, we've put together a gallery featuring 30 spectacular scenes India travelers won't want to miss.
Admittedly we've barely even scratched the surface of this incredible country, but here's a selection of some of its more stunning places.