Trip to the exotic land of India is almost on everybody’s bucket list. Varied landscapes, languages, weather, people, cultures, food and more is a treat for the wanderer in you. The countless soul tickling experiences makes holidaying in India a mix of several holidays in one. India is known for its regal royalty, exceptional service and heavenly experiences. Experience it all on a luxury trip to India. You could stay in refurbished palaces that were built painstakingly by the best artisans several 100 years ago or camp in the luxury tents in the wilderness. ‘Off the beaten track’ is just one of the ways of defining such a holiday. Then again, you can’t really fit an experience of a lifetime in four words.
3 Luxury Holidays in India
Steeped in the extraordinary, you just can’t say no to these three ultra-luxurious holiday themes:
- Luxury Camping
What is it like to camp under the stars in your air conditioned tent with scenic views? What is it like to have your private butler and be served fresh cooked food while gazing at an open fire? Or to be led through the jungle by a private guide? This is camping for the new age – Luxury Camping!
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, Rajasthan:- For a safari holiday with hotel-style comforts, not many properties can match up to this. Each of the 25 air-conditioned tents has a four-poster king bed, walk-in closet, internet access, satellite television, CD/DVD player, refrigerated personal bar and bedside telephone. Outside, there’s a spa, fitness centre, heated swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, business centre, meeting rooms and the Library Bar, which offers a selection of spirits, cigars and books on wildlife. Not counting the daily drives to the tiger reserve, there’s still a roster of things to do—from elephant and camel rides to art walks and market visits.
- Royalty for a Week
Ever wondered what it would feel like to be a royalty? Find out first-hand by staying at one of the many palaces that have been refurbished for this very reason. Walk the walk of the kings and queens of India. In some palaces, the royal family still reside and you could end up having a cup of tea with them!
TAJ Rambagh Palace:- This former hunting lodge and royal residence occupies a 47-acre plot just south of the city centre. Given that the Maharaja of Jaipur once called this place home, it’s predictably opulent. Rooms, each with extraordinarily high ceilings, mahogany to spare, and packed with antiques, are arranged around a beautiful courtyard; there’s a croquet lawn, strutting peacocks, and fountains that wouldn’t look out of place in an Roman piazza. Dinner in Suvarna Mahal, which offers refined Indian cuisine from four regions, is a must; the gilded setting is the main draw and feels like one has snuck into Buckingham Palace.
If you want to know how it feels like to take a stroll in one of the most ancient palaces of India, then Rambagh Palace is your destination. Here, you will catch a glimpse of grand furniture, ornamental gardens and rooms that were once the chambers of kings who ruled the state.
The legendary peacock suite gives a view of the Mughal terrace and garden where Holi was celebrated with great pomp and splendour. There is a lot this palace hotel offers.
- Floating Luxury
This one goes down as a must-have experience. Palaces built in the middle of lakes with peacocks dancing about; a candlelit dinner on a boat far away from everything with only the stars and cool breeze to witness the magic arising from this setting. Intricately carved walls and verandas opening up to breath-taking unadulterated views is truly the setting fit for kings.
One of the world’s most romantic destination hotels, the Palace floats like a beautiful white ship on the waters of Lake Pichola, with 360-degree views of surrounding Udaipur. Built in 1743 as a summer escape and pleasure resort by the royal dynasty of Mewar, it was converted into a hotel when the Maharana started accepting paying guests in the 1960s. The transition to hotel has been seamless, with the original fountains and fretwork expanded to include 66 luxury rooms. Rooms are sumptuously decorated with rich colours and quality Indian textiles, and all featuring a view of some kind.
Taj Lake Palace for North India:- The thought of living in an island is quite exciting, isn’t it? Think of a palace rising nestled in an island. You will need to take a boat ride to the Lake Palace hotel that is surrounded by Aravalli hills while other palaces of the city serve as the backdrop. The palace has suites built in the Chandra Prakash style which literally means the ‘gleam of the moon’.
Experience these out-of-the-box holidays in India and reignite your soul by taking a closer look at a different era, different people and a different way of life. You cannot prise yourself away from these beautiful destinations. If this doesn’t tempt you then the warm days and lightly scented cool nights will surely lure you in.