Be transported to a world of vivid colour, magnificent architecture, frenetic activity, diverse spirituality, intoxicating spices, dramatic landscapes, tremendous history, cultural multiplicity and exquisite arts: experience the unique magic of India.
This is a vast country of extremes: from terraced villages in the lush foothills of the Himalayas, to 5 star resorts nestled along the pristine beaches of Goa, from ancient temples and palaces to thriving cosmopolitan cities. Such immense and exotic diversity can prove overwhelming for international visitors. However, more experienced travellers take advantage of the variety of India luxury tours now available, which enable you to directly experience all the wonders of the place and its people, while also maintaining your comfort and peace of mind.
Nowhere are the stark contrasts that typify this nation more evident than in its heart, Delhi. Here you will witness the fusion of ancient traditions and brash modernity as the narrow, winding laneways of Old Delhi exist alongside the tree lined avenues and skyscrapers of New Delhi, now the capital. See some of the most spectacular sights India has to offer in Delhi and neighbouring Agra and Jaipur.
The origins of Delhi stretches back thousands of years, with the remnants of numerous historical cities found within its boundaries. Today you can visit more than one hundred national heritage sites including grand architectural monuments such as the Jama Masjid (one of the largest and most exquisite mosques in India) and the imposing Red Fort (also a World Heritage Site). Beyond this lively city are the equally captivating treasures of Jaipur, known as the Pink City due to its pink stucco buildings, and Agra, home of that most famous and romantic of monuments, the Taj Mahal.
Throughout your India luxury holiday you can find respite from the bustling world in the modern opulence of such spectacular 5 star hotels as the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi (exclusive and modern leisure resort), the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur (formerly the residence of a Maharaja and set on 47 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds) and the Oberoi Amarvilas (with breathtaking views to the elegant domes of the Taj Mahal). Enjoy the world class cuisine on offer within your sumptuous accommodation or venture out into the thriving metropolis and savour the intoxicating tastes of India offered by a variety of high-quality local restaurants and markets.
However, despite all it has to offer, your India luxury travel experience should not begin and end around the capital. Strike deeper into the heart of Rajasthan and immerse yourself in the stark beauty and fascinating history of this desert state, from magnificent Mogul forts and palaces, to the sacred temples and lake of holy Pushkar.
For the more adventurous there are camel rides through the ever shifting sands and, travelling further afield, the opportunity to observe the wildlife of India, including the impressive Bengal Tiger, on luxury tours of several lush jungles reserves. Continue to the western coast and discover the irrepressible Mumbai (formerly Bombay), still bearing the mark of its British colonial ancestry but also the centre for one of the largest film industries in the world, Bollywood.
For truly royal treatment stay in one of the unique heritage accommodation options: former homes of Maharajas and nobles, fitted and furnished to the highest standards of any world-class 5 star resort. Escape to the magical Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, which appears to float in the centre of Lake Pichhola and can only be accessed by boat, or be indulged in the impeccably appointed Taj Palace & Tower in Mumbai with views to the bay.
Wherever you go on your India luxury tour you will find a warm and welcoming people, dazzling and immense landscapes, and stunning monuments and achievements - both ancient and modern - of an ever vibrant culture.
Travel Associates is an Australia-based travel agency specialising in India holidays and other luxury holiday options. For more holiday ideas and information visit their India holidays website.