Over the past few years, India has attained the global recognition as a popular South Asian destination. The major drivers of tourism in this country are history, heritage, culture and religion. But India is fast drawing attention of the overseas travelers as a favored destination for luxury vacations. The fruitful effects of liberalization are evident in the development of tourist destinations and opening up of world class hotels & resorts. Luxury holidays in India offer a seamless blend of state of the art infrastructure and traditional Indian hospitality. In this article, I have listed top five reasons to choose luxury holidays in India.
Luxury train travel is the first and the foremost reason to choose luxury holidays in India. Gone are the days when overseas travelers use to worry about the infamous reputation of Indian railways. With a total of six luxury tourist trains running in India such as Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Indian Maharaja, Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot and the Maharajas’ Express, luxury train travel in India has attained a new high.
India is a country ruled by raja-maharajas in the medieval era. However the concept of princely India got vanished soon after the independence. Due to the high maintenance expenditure, most royal families entered into a treaty with the corporate hotel chains which led to the conversion of their residences into five star heritage hotels. A large chunk of heritage hotels is found in Rajasthan owing to its royal history. Some popular names of heritage hotels include the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Taj Lake Palace, Samode Palace and Poovath Heritage hotel in Kerala.
The ancient Indian healing science of Ayurveda and Vedanta is also a part of luxury holiday packages offered in India. When it comes to Ayurvedic holidays in India, Kerala is truly unbeatable. The state is home to an array of award winning Ayurvedic centers & resorts that clubs holistic treatments with luxurious stay. Rated as the No. 1 Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Ananda in the Himalayas is a globally renowned destination that offers an array of therapeutic and beauty treatments by blending the concept of Indian Ayurveda and western spa treatments.
The diversity of India is not hidden from anyone and that reflects in the food served here. Be it Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala or Goa, each state has some unique to offer. While East Indians are very fond of non-vegetarian food, West Indians generally love their desserts. In the South, rice is the staple diet and used in many of their cuisines such as Idli, Payasam, Dosa and Wada. Rajasthani dishes are spicy while Gujarat is known for their sweet dishes.
Beach and Backwater Tours
Goa and Kerala are the most acclaimed beach destinations in the world. The unruffled ambience and cosmopolitan ambience are the two reasons why tourists from far-off lands flock to these two states for the beach vacation. Backwater is the backbone of tourism in this state and the backwaters of Alleppey have been listed as one of the ’50 must visit destinations before you die’ by the National Geographic Traveler magazine.