Famed for its passionate people, unique sights and sounds, dazzling fabrics, and fragrant cuisine, travelling to India is a thrill for the senses. Lounging luxuriously in the centre of the world map, it’s no surprise that India’s rich melting pot of cultures has become synonymous with diversity. No two destinations are the same – but they all share a vibrant, energetic, flavourful heart. See for yourself why this storied land has attracted generations of adventurers and artists and discover how India will tantalize each and every one of your senses.
If it’s a dazzling display for the eyes that you’re seeking then seeing a world-famous Holi festival needs to be top of your travel bucket list. Holi festivals epitomise colourful Indian culture and are celebrated with energy, passion, and elation. Vivid and vibrant gulal and neel (powdered paints) turn the skies into a bright kaleidoscopic collage, and many tourists flock to bustling Jodhpur to paint their faces and experience the festivities first hand. The magnificent Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur puts you in the thick of the celebrations, letting you revel in the most visually striking celebration on earth with ease.
The Indian soundscape is completely unique and a sweet harmony of temple bells and prayer gently drifts through the cities and towns, down the rivers, and over the mountains. Varanasi is a wonderland of religious worship and traditional architecture on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. At Brijrama Palace in Varanasi, chiming bells create a comforting concerto with waves lapping on the Ghatts (riverfront steps) that line the Ganges. Hearing impassioned prayer reverberating through the streets gives a moment of calming contemplation and adds a peaceful quality to India’s life-changing atmosphere.
Indian cuisine is enjoyed all over the world but nothing compares to the authentic experience of dining in India. Teasing your taste buds with fragrant curries, fresh breads and crisp samosas will inspire you to try your hand at cooking the traditional Indian way. The Imperial New Delhi is a haven for gourmands with nine on-site restaurants and goes the extra mile by hosting its very own Culinary Club - with cookery classes and live shows that send you home with something more meaningful than a souvenir. Travelling to India guarantees a gastronomic experience unlike any other.
On an Indian getaway you will have plenty of opportunity to indulge in relaxation that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Teeming with natural wonders and fabled mysticism, the Himalayas sprawl across the north-west of India and are home to incredible holistic spa treatments. 8,000 feet above sea level, Oberoi Wildflower Hall presents a wellness retreat nestled amongst alluring mountain scenery and spectacular sunsets, while Ananda in the Himalayas offers award-winning luxury and unmissable traditional therapies far from the rest of the world. On a Himalayan spa retreat you will feel your tension tumble down the mountainside.
India’s culinary excellence is made possible by its abundance of delicious spices. Their scent carries on the breeze, guiding you along your way, and welcoming you around every corner. Khari Baoli, Asia's largest wholesale spice market, ensnares your senses with enticing exotic aromas. The Imperial New Delhi provides luxury lodging close enough for directions to be unnecessary – you can simply rely on your nose to lead you straight toward this treasure trove of turmeric, cumin, ginger, and coriander. Amongst the atmospheric labyrinth of stalls, you will be transported back through centuries of fragrant Indian tradition.
If your senses yearn for an Indian adventure, contact one of our Travel Specialists today for more insight, recommendations and help to tailor-make your next luxury holiday to India.