With the finest accommodation and the most exotic travel locations, India is the dream destination for a luxury vacation. Rashmi Deshpande takes a look at how to explore this mystical land in style.
From exploration to relaxation, India gives you the opportunity to have the holiday of your dreams while living it up in some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts. Whether you choose to take a holiday tour of Rajasthan, admire the Taj Mahal or go on a tiger safari, you get to experience your vacation like royalty. With accommodations that range from palaces and heritage hotels to prestigious Oberoi and Taj properties, here are some of the most popular places for luxury vacation tours in India.
Eastern Himalayan Trails
A heady mix of scenery, religious artefacts and exhilarating cultures, a luxury vacation to the Eastern Himalayan tours can begin in Kolkata and end in Darjeeling, a beautiful hill station. Here you have a choice of exotic hotels like the Oberoi Grand, Hotel Silver Oaks and Mayfair Darjeeling. These luxury hotels cater to your every need with their old-world charm and gracious hospitality. Local attractions include enjoyable and relaxing activities like exploring the flower market, cruising down the Hooghly River, and checking out tourist attractions like the Marble Palace, Pemayangste Monastery and others.
Tour of Northern India
A holiday vacation to Northern India will give you a taste of rich history and diverse cultures. You can begin your tour in Delhi and explore places like the holy city of Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur and Jodhpur. At each destination you have the option to pamper yourself in places like the Hyatt Regency, Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi, Jass Radisson and the Trident. Offering a full range of amenities and located in the best districts, these spacious hotels are perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Highlights of this luxury tour include attractions like the Red Fort, Qutb Minar tower, a boat ride on the Ganges, Chandela temples, City Palace, the Bishnoi tribal villages and more.
Serene and beautiful, this fairytale land of curving rivers, paddy fields and spice plantations is an ideal destination for a relaxed India holiday and the perfect place to pamper yourself. The splendour of travelling from Kochi to Kovalam is enhanced by stays in hotels and resorts like Vivanta by Taj, Cardamom County and Kumarakom Lake Resort. Relax and enjoy a cruise around Kochi harbor, drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady, and explore the many different plantations. If you want something more exciting, enjoy the thrill of motorboat cruise through Kerala’s narrow canals. Enjoy it all – in luxury.
Indian Experience Tour
You could also choose to experience the real taste of India by focusing your holiday on some of its most talked about sights. Concentrate on exploring the Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, in absolute style and comfort. Pamper yourself with a stay at top-notch hotels like the InterContinental Eros and Gateway Hotel Agra. Spend your leisure time exploring famous sights like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat, the Taj Mahal and the palace at Samode, all at your own comfortable pace.
Rashmi Deshpande is a travel writer whose work has appeared in Femina and Lonely Planet magazine. Formerly an Assistant Editor with Femina, Rashmi currently writes about the Tours and Travels Industry and is a travel advisor for Tour Packages in India.