Give your senses the kickstart of a lifetime with a luxury
holiday in India. A land filled with remarkable sights and an endless variety of people, places, languages and experiences, you’ve never seen anything like it and will never get bored of it, no matter how many times you go back. Few words can ever do justice to the soul-stirring nature of this incredible country, but we’ll do our best.
So, where to begin in such a varied and extensive land? We know many of you are going to be after sun, sand and sea in your getaways and luckily, India is plentiful in all three! The top destination for water babies is undoubtedly the balmy shores of Goa, a place also renowned as the country’s party capital. Here, you’ll have ample opportunities to spend your days swimming and sunbathing by the ocean’s edge and your nights letting loose on the dancefloor in some of the best clubs around. Or, for a more tranquil experience of seaside life, visit the picturesque Havelock, Andaman where an island-esque vibe is preserved through white-gold sands, turquoise waters and a multitude of palm trees. Due to its colourful coral reef, diving is the most popular water activity here.
Are you a culture vulture wanting to tick off some bucket-list sights and attractions during your stay? Then head for what’s known as India’s Golden Triangle. A well-known route for first-timers to the country, the road travels from the capital of New Delhi to Agra and Jaipur or the other way around – the choice is yours! During this trip, you’ll see iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal
, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Hawa Mahal, sites which are still considered among the greatest structures in the world.
When the vibrant, on-the-go nature of India’s busy urban scene gets too much for nature lovers, there are so many opportunities for outdoor adventures, you won’t know which to do first. India has a vast array of landscapes and terrains to take your breath away - literally in the case of its Himalayan peaks! For gushing rivers, tropical weather and wildlife sanctuaries where you can play with elephants, Kerala is known as a particularly paradisiacal spot. For more altitudinous ventures, Himachal Pradesh with its scenic mountain villages and snow-capped ranges is the ideal region for trekking, climbing and even skiing
Want an envy-worthy camera reel? Budding photographers can’t visit India without making at least one stop at the Valley of the Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand. Home to rare and endangered animals, the park’s key attraction is its meadows of alpine blossoms which seem to stretch right to the horizon. The Valley’s polar opposite, Thar Desert in Rajasthan is another must-visit area for simply unparalleled opportunities to capture your journey in film – and what better way to get the perfect view than from camel back?
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
Although modern in many respects, there are still elements to Indian culture which westerners consider conservative or traditional. This is particularly relevant with regards to dress. We recommend covering your arms and legs while not in your resort with silk or cotton clothing which will keep you cool in the heat as well as showing respect for the country’s traditions.