The new crop of elite travellers has been there, done that. It has savoured tailor-made experiences — the customised holiday with concierge service, a private beach and full-service spa rounded off by a green tea. Its vision goes beyond the upscale marble suite and gold-leaf interiors, and its want, beyond bespoke and exclusive services. It seeks access over acquisition and experience over the exhibition of wealth. Meet the genus of new-age elite traveller that’s hoping to invest emotions in luxury travel more than just living by its face value. What it is looking for is a life-altering experience, a cultural immersion, a challenge that tests its limits, a personal transformation. Or perhaps, all of these rolled into one. To quench its thirst is a daunting task, especially when they are, by virtue of their status, high-maintenance. And this is what pushed me to survey every facet of one-of-its-kind, Indian sub-continent exclusive, high-end activity holidays in India, which are also on every foreign traveller's wish list, making me zero in on four journeys, each listed with top outfitters.