INCREDIBLY LUXURIOUS INDIA..!
India is the perfect destination for independent travelers wanting to
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Essentially, there are 2 types of luxury in the world; Natural and Manmade.
In this part of the world, you needn't choose between the two. Nature seems to have been operating on a definite bias here. How else can you explain exotic landscape, magnificent views, luxurious environment, legendary backwaters, the salubrious climes, beaches, hills, wildlife, flora & fauna... all of it will make you feel walking across time and reality into a fairytale world where everything is made-to - dreams.
When it comes to manmade luxury, you sure would love to adopt it and take it back home. Breathtaking architecture, heritage properties, opulent retreats, a luxury redolent with the flavors of the Raj and extravagance that was once the sole preserve of royalty, all now with thoughtful modern day amenities. A journey into India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal is eternal bliss.
Outside the realm of mundane, beyond what is expected.
Come to India, give in and go back with your dose of heaven.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE - THE TREASURE TROVE
Delhi/New Delhi Just in an hour or so here, you will cover a journey of thousands of years. Starting from the Mughal monuments, the Red Fort, which took 10 years to build, the Jama Masjid, final extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Qutab Minar, built out of a single stone - yet so tall, Humayun's Tomb, built by Humayun's grief-stricken wife Hamida Banu in 1565. Legend has it that the design of the Taj was inspired by this tomb. In pure architectural terms, this building is probably superior and much more beautiful that the stunning Taj - the only thing this building lacks is the showy marble. While in Old Delhi, not to be missed is a Rickshaw ride through the old bazaar - an enthralling experience.
Travel to the days of British Empire, as you visit the India Gate - a war memorial, the Government buildings lining the Janpath, the Lutyens Delhi - which houses the present Government of India, catch a glimpse of the President house, as the sun goes down and feel at total peace while at Rajghat - the Gandhi mausoleum, where Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of peace, was cremated. Back to present with the modern marvels, pulsating malls, restaurants with international cuisine, hotels and spas - Delhi, truly cosmopolitan, has it all.
Important festivals: Delhi has a fascinating mix of all cultures and religions and celebrates all festivals of India, but not to be missed are Deepawali - the festival of lights and Holi- the color riot.
Jaipur The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur with its exqu isite buildings of Rose colored terra cotta looks magical at dusk. The whole city is flavored strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveler. The old Jaipur painted in Pink can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of ancient forts Nahargarh, Hawa Mahal - the palace of Winds, Jaigarh and Moti Dungri are dramatic testimonials of the bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance
Close by is Amber Fort. To get to the palace you can either walk or arrive, pompously enough, on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant, which explains the unusual height of the palace gateways. The whole fort glows with a galaxy of decorative art. Each room shows some vestige of its former glory, especially the 'Sheesh Mahal'-chamber of mirrors. Once inside this room, close the doors, strike a match and then see the walls and ceilings twinkle and glow like thousand stars all together.
En route, Fatehpur Sikri Just short of Agra, lies the Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri on a rocky ridge, a ridge simply sliced off the top to find room for the city.
AGRA Aah The Taj Mahal! Glimpsed from the enormous main gateway inscribed with verses of the Koran (the entire Koran is said to be reproduced on its walls), the Taj Mahal reveals with the suddenness of a jewel box opening before your eyes. The Monument of Love. Fashioned over 17 years is poetry in marble. The more you see it, the more you want to see it. It sure causes a flutter in every heart. See it at sunrise or sunset or moonlit, Taj means CROWN - so aptly named. Other places of interest in Agra are
the Red Fort, the It-mad-ul-daullah and the market.
Close by is the Tomb of The Great Mughal emperor Akbar at Sikandra.
Travel through time, as you go around the capital of India. From the remnants of Mughal empire to the one time Colonial power seat to the present, modern metropolis of jet set India.
ROYAL ESCAPE - A JOURNEY THROUGH RAJASTHAN
Rajasthan is the land of kings and their great palaces; of great warriors and their chivalry, romance, glory and tragedy in fairy tale proportions. Amazing legends of heroism and romance still resound from its equally amazing architecture that still stands to narrate its tale of a bygone era. The magic of Rajasthan is unequaled in the world for its heritage, culture, safaris, sand dunes and lush green forests with its wildlife. Rajasthan is often expressed as huge open-air museum with relics so well preserved for the travellers and the curious of the day. It is action-packed with outdoors too; take a safari on horses, camels, elephants or even jeeps with the Aravalis - India's oldest mountain range in the backdrop, or caress your eyes on the sloppy sand dunes, or trail a tiger or just watch birds on wetland. Or you can choose to pamper yourself in the lavish heritage properties. Rajasthan has something for everyone, just make your choice for a Royal Escape.
The Royal Escape takes you through :
Jaisalmer The name Jaisalmer evokes utter magic and vibrancy of the desert. It's straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The hostile terrain notwithstanding the warmth and colour of people is simply overwhelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis
which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloping sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in the Thar Desert. Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156 AD.
Udaipur Better known as the 'city of lakes'. One of the most romantic places in India, it is situated around the shimmering clear blue water lakes, which whisper the mood of a bygone era. The city also has beautiful palaces the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which appears to rise as if from the blue waters of the lake Pichola. Must see is Eklingji, a temple dedicated to the diety of the rulers of Mewar and Nagda, one of the most ancient places in Mewar, having temples dating from the 11th century.
Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district and is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams, such heart capturing views that they drive away any fatigue of the journey. Ranakpur has a famous Jain temple, nestled in a lovely glen. The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area.
Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The massive 15th century Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, while the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the
brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.
Samode. The Palace here is by far the best you could ever experience. It still maintains an immutable majestic presence and is a touching reminder of the vision of its creators. Afternoon walk to the Samode Bagh is delightful. An actual Oasis in the Desert you can see flowers of all kind in full bloom and the greenery is amazing.
Apart from the above, the Royal Escape also covers Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra.
SPICY SOUTH - THE BEST OF SOUTH INDIA
Lively beaches, rarest of wildlife species, cool retreats, cardamom hills, full-of-life backwaters, soaring temples, a galore of festivals (Hinduism in South was least altered by the external influence and it's at its
most exuberant. The Temple towns of South are quite unlike those of the North and superbly Vibrant), appetizing cuisine and a culture that's second to none.
Chennai is known for its cultural heritage and temple architecture. It is also a hub for South Indian classical music and dance performances. Places to see are the Kapaleeswarar Temple, Museum and the St. George fort.
Kanchipuram is famous for its good quality silk and silken saris that it produces. This is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Its temples are spectacular and the gopums can be seen from miles away. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples and rock carvings. It was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. The biggest attraction here is, its miles of unspoiled beaches and rock-cut art. The sculptures here are particularly interesting because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast with the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the carvings generally depict gods and goddesses.
Mahabalipuram famous for its shore temples and rock carvings was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. The biggest draw here is, its miles of unspoiled beaches and rock-cut art. The sculpture, here, is particularly interesting because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast with the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the carvings generally depict gods and goddesses.
Chettinad is famous for its extravagant and artistic houses and unique architecture and a visit to the region never fails to fascinate its visitors. The enchantingly beautiful mansions and houses of the Chettinad are known for their unique architectural styles, which makes Chettinad a place of rare charm and a tourist destination with a difference. Chettinad is also known for its culinary delicacies. Chettinad food now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad.
Madurai The whole city is laid out in the shape of a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the center. The high point is the hall of a thousand pillars, which was built around 1560. Other places of interest are The Tirumalai Nayak Palace, The Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank and the temple Art Museum.
Periyar Tiger Reserve is an example of nature's bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.
Don't miss the Kumarakom The voyage takes you to the famous rich green, sleepy little village. Kumarakom on the Vembanad Lake is an experience that will be truly exhilarating. Laze around at the resort. Go for an Ayurveda massage at the spa, just watch the ripples in the water. A short houseboat cruise on the famous backwaters with lunch on board is a dream of all.
Cochin truly a museum city. Vasco de Gama first arrived in Cochin in 1502. He died here, you can visit his gravestone. See a Kathakkali dance drama which is a must while in Cochin. Visit various museums and Palaces in abundance in Cochin. Also visit the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese. Must take is a Harbor cruises at the Cochin harbor.
Kovalam is an enchanting strip of golden sands laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms; from where it derives its name. It is a former fishing village, and is just 16kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach destination. It is a dream place for tourists from all over the world. Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".
PAMPER YOURSELF - LUXURY HONEYMOON INDIA
Get ready to realize the fantasies of your life. Begin your new life by planning honeymoon to get close and understand each other well. India as a Honeymoon destination charms you with spectacular nature vistas and cultural tour options that add an extra dash of romance and thrill to your honeymoon holiday. India offers everything from sea, sand, mountains, desert and jungles to the honeymooners.
Fall in love with your spouse after witnessing the love stories of the kings and queens at the sight of the monument of love, Taj Mahal. Arouse your sensuality at the land of Kamasutra after seeing the erotic images of Khajuraho. Make sand palaces at the beautiful beaches or take a walk holding each other's hand on the sun kissed beaches of India. If it's the culture and tradition that you are looking for during your honeymoon India trip, then go ahead for the colourful Rajasthan.
Hold each other hands while strolling on the curved paths, give your shoulder to your spouse to lean on while relaxing on the hilltop in the Himalayas and whisper sweet things into each other's ears while enjoying the beauty of the nature untouched by human expansionist activities, snow-covered mountains with interesting trekking routes, verdant valleys crisscrossed by rivers, flourishing forests full of exotic wildlife and grasslands ornamented by vibrant flowers.
Discover a new dream under the lush green coconut groves, enjoy the fair weather of the picturesque hill stations in God's Own Country - Kerala. Take a romantic cruise on the backwaters; undertake Ayurvedic massages to soothe your nervous system.
Enjoy the joyous company of the sun, sands and vast seas in tropical India. See acres of palm groves, tropical fruit trees, ancient fishing villages and thatched beach shacks that adorn a delightful marine world. A glitter with colorful sea shells on the long Indian coastline, as you spend your honeymoon on the beaches of India.
Honeymoon in India will be a lingering affair, as the memories of the good time you spent together here will keep coming back to you. It is the perfect platform to know each other better, understand each other's desires and appreciate each other's qualities. Select the destination of your choice to relax after the hush of the wedding, spend time in each other's company and make plans for your life together on your Honeymoon in our Incredible India.
India - The land which is known the world over for its rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna, is also home to a myriad species of rare wildlife found nowhere else on the globe. The reasons for the same are simple yet exciting, India currently has more than 500 national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves. The choices are immense and unending.
The fresh air, salubrious climate and serene environs will leave you spellbound and your appetite whetting for more.
Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance.
The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km).
Kanha The picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's unforgettable classic "Jungle Book". If one were to point to the middle of India, chances are that he will pick out the forests of the Banjar and the Halon valley, the two forming the western and eastern halves of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which have long been famous for their wide diversity of wildlife.
Today Kanha National Park is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This 'Tiger Country' is the ideal home for both predator and prey.
Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for its tigers and the adventure unfolds at day break. The early morning mist blankets surround your open jeeps. As we advance into the heart of the Bandhavgarh Forest, a sense of expectation grips you. Tigers regularly give audience in these parts. Other wild animals are also easy to sight and capture on film. Experienced naturalists unravel the mysteries of nature as you drive deep into the jungle. Ranthambhore With over 300 types of trees, 272 species of birds and approximately 30 different types of mammals, Ranthambhore is packed full with life. The park is a home to India's smallest and largest antelopes, Chinkara and Nilgai ('blue bull').
RESORTS AND BEACHES
A Resort is not just seeing a destination, or touching a destination, its living a destination; an experience entirely unique. The choice of Resorts in India is fascinating:
On endless miles of sand beaches that share their treasures with just a few, for the others there's just the sun, sand and sea...
Or are located along the tranquil mountain ridges, overlooking the calming contours of the Ganges...
Or hidden among the palm trees, on a coconut plantation in the very heart of those fascinating backwaters...
Or on virgin territories backed by swaying palms, where you experience the local charm and traditional Hospitality...
Or set in the heart of the Cardamom hills outside a tiger reserve...
Or traditional Rajasthani palaces full of grandeur, royalty and old world charm...
Or set in the Mediterranean atmosphere of a Goan village nestled among glimmering waterways and lagoons...
Resorts -where the season never ends and tranquility prevails.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
Ayurveda is a comprehensive and holistic medical system rooted in the observations of the great rishis, or seers, of India some 5000 years ago. It is the Soul balm of India which holds, cures and cares. A miracle of identifying the imbalance in the main bio energies (3 Doshas, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha) of the body and correcting it to achieve health and harmony.
Yoga is the science which believes that human happiness and contentment arises from the perfect synchronization between a strong body and a clear mind. It helps you to enhance physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual well being. Experience higher levels of contentment through individualized practice. Encompassing several aspects like Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Spas where the whole environment is geared toward the four cornerstones : mind and body fitness, healthy eating, relaxation and treatments that reflect the world's time honored beauty, healing and rejuvenation traditions. A spa lets you set your body at ease and mind at peace.
SUN, SAND & SEA - MALDIVES
Maldives, a thousand 'Robinson Crusoe' islands, massive lagoons with different depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, dazzling underwater coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical holiday destination.
However there is more to the Maldives than just that 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. Stretches 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west. 202 are inhabited, 87 are exclusive resort islands.
White sandy beaches sparkling in the sun alongside crystal clear lagoons would be an idyllic place to spend a perfect holiday.
Origin of the Maldivians are lost in antiquity, but history reveals that the islands have been populated for over 3,000 years. Early settlers were travelers on the Silk Route and from the Indus Valley Civilization. Inherently warm, friendly and hospitable by nature, it is easy to feel comfortable and relaxed with a Maldivian.
Not only do you discover aspects of the planet denied to most people, but you make a lot of good friends as well!
The Maldives is famed for its rare underwater beauty. The profusion of psychedelic colours and the abundance and variety of life underwater have fascinated divers and snorkelers since Maldives was discovered as a diving destination. The highest level of visibility that one could expect- sometimes
exceeding 50 meters - and warm temperatures throughout the year make diving in the Maldives a delight you would want to experience over and over again. The Maldives has some of the best dive sites in the world and many visit the Maldives repeatedly for the sole purpose of diving.
All resorts in the Maldives have professional dive schools with multi-lingual instructors and conduct courses for beginners as well as the advanced. Many of the resorts have excellent house reefs. Just a short swim from the beach and snorkelers too can experience the same pleasures from the surface.
PEARL OF THE ORIENT - SRILANKA
Sri Lanka is one of those places where history seems to fade into the mist of legend. For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Serendib, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle and Island of Dharma. This colourful collection reveals its richness and beauty and the intensity of the affection it evokes in its visitors.
Seductive beaches and tempting water sports, magnificent landscapes featuring lazy lagoons, fertile wetlands, ecologically-wondrous types of forest, imposing mountains, bounteous rivers and waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife - much of it endemic - unique ecosystems, inspiring heritage sites from ancient cities to colonial forts, a vibrant culture including fine arts and crafts and grand festivals, and a people of diverse ethnicity and religious persuasion, charming and hospitable.
The landscape is of beautiful tropical sights of rice paddies and coconut islands as far as the eye can see. Time seems to slow and stand still.
Buddhism permeates every aspect of Sri Lanka, and temples abound at every corner. There are many to choose from and they are generally accessible and welcoming. Contemporary tourist attractions such as luxurious Ayurveda spas and broad-based shopping opportunities have evolved, and Sri Lanka has become one of the world's most popular destinations even to get married and enjoy a honeymoon.
"DRUK YUL" THE LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON
Bhutan with her legendary beauty is a wealth of life in Himalayas. Although it measures only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, Bhutan - called by its people Druk Yul, "the Land of the Thunder Dragon" -- is home to a remarkable variety of climates and ecosystems. From its stark and striking mountains, to its lush green forests, fertile valleys, ancient ruins and uncorrupted ancient culture, Bhutan is an esoteric delight that holds everybody in its thrall.
Essentially, the country is divided into three major land regions: plains and river valleys in the south; a mid-Himalayan (5,000 to 14,000 ft. high) area north of the valleys; and the mountainous lands in the Himalayas, which range from 14,000 to 24,000 ft. above sea level.
The Country has been visited by a great many saints, mystics, scholars and pilgrims over the centuries who not only came for their personal elucidation, but blessed the land and its people with an invaluable spiritual and cultural legacy that has shaped every facet of Bhutanese lives.
Visitors and guests to the country will be surprised that the culture and the traditional lifestyle is still richly intact and at the degree to which it permeates all strands of modern day secular life. From the traditional woven garments to the prayer flags on high mountain slopes, from the built environment to the natural environment, from the religious mask dances to the folk dances, this cultural heritage is proudly evident and offers a unique cultural setting.
Bhutan's unique natural beauty unites with a wide range of cultural values, languages, customs, and friendly social atmosphere. Carefully preserved between high mountains, Bhutan was never colonized and she has always protected her genuine culture in a natural environment. Bhutan, far less explored and catalogued, is still a mystery for most people around the world; A land of legends, Yeti, folk tales, Buddhist spirit and peace.
THE HIMALAYAN DRAPE
Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture and religions. Mountains, mid hills, valleys and plains dominate the geography of landlocked Nepal that extends from the Himalayan range in the north to the Indo-Gangetic lowlands in south. Mt. Everest, the highest point of our mother Earth is here.
The variety in Nepal's topography provides home to wildlife like tigers, rhinos, monkeys, bears, yaks, leopards and different species of insects and birds. Nepal is home to almost 10 percent of the world's bird species among which 500 species are found in the Kathmandu Valley.
The country has managed to preserve some endangered species of Asia in its extensive parks and protected natural habitats.
Nepal will jangle your nerves as you catapult downhill on a bicycle. Make a lazy muscle throb in protest as you navigate a canoe through the Sun Kosi (River of Gold) or the Karnali. The country's terrain will bombard you with scarlet rhododendron blooms (proud possessor of National Flower status) as you hike through Champa Devi and Phulchoki. It will tutor you in history, lift you up and dangle you around in a microlight aircraft, stretch bone and sinew as you trot uphill on a pony, raise an army of goose bumps on your flesh as you stare into the amused eyes of a tiger. All of the above are just the easy bits.
Luxury Lodge trekking in the middle of the Himalayas is a must when in Nepal followed by the famous early morning mountain flight. Rafting in the Trisuli (named after Lord Shiva's trident), the Kali Gandaki and the Marsyangdi rivers takes more than just empty confidence. For the water jumps up and cuts you like a wickedly curved khukri knife.
Nepal is not only the land of mountains; it is also the land of festivals. There are more than 50 festivals celebrated in Nepal every year. While the national festivals have fixed dates, religious
festivals are set by astrologers following the lunar calendar. The best part about the festivals in Nepal is that all the events are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and galore the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people had no other means of entertainment.
Nepalese food is heavily influenced by Indian and Tibetan cuisine and consequently you would come across a wide variety of food during your stay. Although traditional Nepalese food is often described as 'bland', Nepalese cuisine is certainly healthy and extremely nourishing.
For a guaranteed brush with Eternal Truth, visit a Buddhist monastery. Be blessed by a Lama or 'precious one' - a religious teacher who has attained the highest level of spiritual achievement.
Discover for yourself, the path to Enlightenment. Know that, to attain eternal bliss, you'll have to come back, over and over again.