When you mention ‘luxury’, India isn’t the first destination that comes to mind. Yet, in spite of the country’s reputation for being earthy, untouched and rural, there are several high-end travel and food experiences that you can indulge in. The reality remains the same but the way you are introduced to it differs. And whether you opt for a holiday package or choose to gallivant on your own, these luxury experiences will make your trip a memory to savour.
- Sail along Gateway of India on a private yacht
The imposing arches and domes of the Gateway of India make it a magnet for tourists. But nothing equals the splendour of sailing into the Arabian Sea on a private yacht at sundown and getting a 360 degree view of the Gateway’s Indo-Saracenic architecture. Seagulls might fly beside you as you sip some wine and settle down for dinner at twilight.
- Go wine tasting at Nashik’s vineyards and stay at Beyond by Sula
Sula is the oldest vineyard in Nashik, having been established in 1999 but the region is dotted with many others and some of them come with delicious tasting rooms. These days, you can even charter a seaplane to Nashik and descend upon its vineyards to sip on luxury wines. Then, check into Beyond by Sula, a luxury resort with a glorious spa and infinity pool.
- Enrol for special cooking classes at the Oberoi Rajvilas
A list of luxury experiences would be incomplete without a mention of Rajasthan. And there is no better way to experience the culinary offerings of the state than to enrol for a private cookery class at the Oberoi Rajvilas, a stately resort just outside Jaipur. Built to resemble a fort, the resort’s lush estate and luxury villas form the perfect backdrop to its spicy, aromatic cuisine.
- Explore Nagaland with a mobile luxury camp
We are no stranger to ‘glamping’ any more but doing it in the breath-taking north-east takes the whole experience a notch higher. The Ultimate Travelling Camp offers luxury camps in Kohima, Thiksey and Diskit, all blessed with sweeping views of the Himalayas and a rich local culture. These mobile luxury camps often coincide with festivals and offer interaction with the tribals.
- Experience the hospitality of the Maharajas Express
Tour packages in India almost always involve a train ride so why not do it in style aboard the Maharaja Express? Explore the country’s timeless treasures with their five different journeys in your luxury cabin or suite while enjoying the on-board boutique, bar and gourmet dining cars. We recommend the eight day ‘Heritage of India’ journey.
- Cruise from Kolkata to Varanasi
Varanasi is a part of many holiday packages in India but how many of them involve arriving in the city on a luxury cruise ship? An Indo-British joint venture, Assam Bengal Navigation Cruises offers boutique expeditions on the Ganges and Brahmaputra. The Brahmaputra cruises include wildlife viewing, village walks and barbecues on deserted river islands.
- Dine with the chef at Indian Accent
Don’t stop at gorging on Chef Manish Mehrotra’s perfect creations at Indian Accent, an award-winning restaurant housed at The Manor Hotel in New Delhi. Dine with the Chef himself at the Chef’s Table, featuring an eight course personalised menu with an accompaniment of assorted wines and elite conversation with the Chef and Executive Chef.
- Book into the Sajjan Niwas Suite at The Lake Palace
Of all the amazing holiday packages in Udaipur you could go for, this one takes the cake. The Taj Lake Palace on the iridescent Lake Pichola calls itself the most romantic hotel in the world and we wouldn’t dare disagree. Once the pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II, the floating hotel is both a visual and sensory marvel and suites afford mesmerising views of the lake.
(The photos used in this post are purely indicative)
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