The sun-kissed beaches of Goa have been a tourist favorite for many years. Ever since the Portuguese discovered this little slice of beach heaven, the area has become a hot destination. Unlike the rest of India, Goa still has that chilled out Mediterranean feel that makes it so easy. You get all the Indian delights and scenery, minus the Indian hustle. However, Goa is so much more than its beautiful beaches, vibrant night life, and internationally renowned festivals. There is architecture, temples, game reserves, and so much more waiting for you. If you’re on a luxury holiday in India then this is the perfect stop to take a breath.
Located in the heart of Rajasthan, Jaipur is home to some of the most romantic spots in the world. Popularly known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur’s beauty holds thousands of visitors captive each year. The planned out design of the city is remarkable for a city so old. With age comes beauty, and its beautiful forts and palaces, especially the City Palace and lakeside Jal Mahal exemplify the royalty of the city. For the luxury tourist, opulence is easy to come by, with hotels such as the Raj Palace Hotel offering some of the world’s most expensive and luxurious suites. It indeed is beauty exemplified.
Valley of Flowers (Himachal Pradesh)
The monsoon period in India can be quite troubling in the southern part, particularly along the coast. However, this is where one of India’s most beautiful gems in the north truly comes alive. The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand boasts of a vibrant display of natural flowers. The colors are vivid, the design purely natural, and the experience truly magical. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the glacial park is largely untouched, offering raw natural goodness. It does get quite cold, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from a Himalayan feature. If you’re on a tour of India then visit in July and August when the flowers are in bloom and escape the southern heat.
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Touted as the “only paradise on earth”, Kumarakom lake resort definitely lives up to its expectation. The ultra-luxurious resort may not possibly be the world’s only, but it definitely sits up there with the best India has to offer. The blend of nature and man-made luxury explode on the lake’s banks, making sunsets a breath taking affair, and sun rises a thing to look forward to. Add that to the delicious cuisine dished out by the helpful staff, and you definitely won’t be blamed for forgetting to head over to Agra for the Taj Mahal!
Godavari River Cruise
Considered one of India’s most holy rivers, this major river offers pleasant river cruises along its 1465km length. While not all of this length is suitable for cruising, there are spots that have become favorite with tourists. A cruise from Rajahmundry to Sriramagiri offers you beautiful views of daily Indian life, amazing river vegetation, as well as an opportunity to view the temple town of Bhadrachalam. Alternatively, you can enjoy the river from Yanam, which hosts one of Godavari’s river distributaries. Here, you will be treated to a luxury boat trip, complete with amazing sunrise views on the river. Ensure you take a dip in the holy river and cleanse your sins, as Hindu belief has it.
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