Full of mystique and rich in tradition, India casts a magic spell on all who visit. It’s undeniably the most exotic, exhilarating, exhausting and intoxicating place on earth.
Whichever way you at look it, India is immense. Home to 1.3 billion people, it’s the world’s largest democracy and has more than 22 official languages, including English, which makes it the largest English speaking country in the world. But facts aside, it is true that India is not for the faint hearted. Everything about India will touch your senses. You’ll either love it or hate it.
A continent of immeasurable contrasts and an unforgettable array of experiences from the snow-covered Himalayas in the North, where you could find yourself trekking the foothills, sipping tea in a Darjeeling teahouse, or practicing yoga by the Ganges. On safari in Ranthambore come face to face with Bengal tigers, or cross the desert of Rajasthan to the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur. This is an iconic experience and a good way to ease into the pace of India. You’ll feel like royalty staying in one of the opulent palace hotels as you’re greeted by a shower of rose petals and escorted under a sequinned silk umbrella to your exquisite room.
Explore ancient forts and incredible temples carved of marble, adorned with gold and precious stone. Be fascinated by the history of the invading Moghul empires as you feast your eyes on the magnificent Taj Mahal, said to be the most beautiful monument in the world. Then work your way South to Mumbai known as the ‘Gateway of India’. Here overcrowded city streets literally buzz with chaotic traffic that grinds to a halt when a sacred cow leisurely walks down the middle of the road. But stop for a while and take in the heady scents of spices, the vibrant bustling market stalls and the bright smiles of the children.
Immerse yourself in India’s rich tapestry and fascinating Colonial past before continuing towards the famed golden beaches of Goa, or retreat to the tropical backwaters of Kerala for the sheer pleasure of relaxation of the mind, body and soul.
Wherever you journey through India, the only constant will be that nothing is likely to be predictable, yet still the experience will be unforgettable, vibrant and enticing. If you love it, you’ll want to return.
Varanasi possibly the Oldest City on Earth. Said to have been founded by Shiva himself, it is a Holy City for both those of Jain and Hindu faith.
Luxury Bound loves – Tigers – In some National Parks due to the dense tiger population, tiger sightings are quite frequent. For photographers and nature lovers it’s time to go glamping.