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Namaste! And welcome to India, the land of a mix of landscapes, terrains, wildlife, cultures, and people. Nowhere else will you witness a diversity that is embedded in the very fabric of everything that prospers flourishes and dwells here. The natural profuseness is only further enhanced by the social and cultural interaction of its varied people. A land that is home to different religious beliefs, cultures, arts, traditions, and languages, India will never fail to touch you in ways that you may never imagine. Fraught with a deep history, ruled by various dynasties across regions, protected yet exposed, India is also a modern nation, fast-growing as a rising competitive economy, boasting of its skilled and intelligent population and a people that are conscious and connected to the global environment.
OUR PICKS OF INDIA
One of the seven man-made wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, her favorite wife. Taj Mahal houses the tombs of both Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Located on the southern bank of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal has stood for centuries and continues to be one of the favorite tourist spots in India.
The exhilarating experience of watching the majestic tigers and other wildlife in their own habitat is waiting to be yours in India’s several sanctuaries and national parks. Witness the Royal Bengal Tigers meandering majestically through an entire wildlife sanctuary. A visit to the Ranthambore National Park and Kaziranga National Park is a must if it is your first trip to India.
Forts and Palaces
India boasts of a heritage opulent with several regal lineages, traditions, and forts and palaces that can be found in almost every part of the country. The marvelous structures and fortifications in Golconda, Gwalior, and Delhi convey the formidable and glorious history of India. The Amer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Agra Fort, City Palace, and Jaisalmer Fort are a must-visit. What’s more, some of these real forts and palaces are converted into luxury hotels, whereby you can stay and experience what it feels to be a Maharajah!
Ancient city of Varanasi
Varanasi, the 5000 year old holy city in the state of Uttar Pradesh has about 88 ghats that have inspired countless photographers, artists, musicians, writers, and film-makers from ages. Most of the ghats in the city like the Dashashwamedh are dedicated to specific religious rituals. A visit to the Dashashwamedh ghat during the evening arti is sure to leave you spellbound.
The backwaters are a major attraction of the state of Kerala, and these consist of unending water channels passing through tall coconut trees and paddy fields. The best way to see them is to cruise them. You can select between a country boat, a houseboat, and a motorboat to traverse through the backwater and submerge yourself in the overwhelming beauty of the place. Even more, you can stay at a luxury houseboat which also doubles up as your cruise boat.
India has a few luxury trains that are truly world class, like the Maharaja express, Golden chariot, Deccan Odyssey and Palace on wheels. Each of these trains showcase a different region of India and boasts of world class luxury with well appointed rooms, curated and diverse cuisine, finest spirits and guided surface tours at the destinations.