India is many things for many people – for the backpacking adventurer, India is a treasure-trove of low-cost experiences. For the energetic beach-goer, India has some of the world’s best beaches and dive spots. For the luxury traveller, India offers some of the most lavish and exquisite getaways that are as memorable as they are luxuriant. If you’re looking for a special trip to commemorate a landmark wedding anniversary or simply to swathe yourself in the world’s finest pleasures, make sure to check out these luxury weekend getaways.
Relax like a Maharaja at Taj Lake Palace
The lavish palace was originally built in 1746 as a pleasure palace for Maharaja Jagjit Singh II. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the hotel is known for its impeccable hospitality, outstanding views and plush interiors. Much of the palace is built in marble and its imposing architecture will take your breath away. The rooms are festooned in breezy silks, equipped with intricately carved furniture and every modern convenience, and adorned with intricate murals. Suite windows open into the lily pond or the lake. Visitors can register for a guided heritage walk to learn more about the area. The full-service Jiva Spa offers refreshing treatments and yoga, while the Neel Kamal serves up the most authentic royal Rajasthani fare.
Traverse the country on a luxury train
India’s seven luxury trains give you the rare chance of travelling back in time, and touring the country just the way the nobles of the yesteryears did.
Maharaja’s Express takes you to the country’s top tourist sites while enjoying the highest standards of hospitality, including stocked bars, lavish suites and butler services.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels harkens back to the region’s glory days with its fourteen luxury cabins modelled on erstwhile palaces. Multi-cuisine restaurants, bars and spa services are only some of the ways in which these train rides will pamper you. The weeklong journey includes halts at the most noteworthy attractions, and you can embark on guided tours.
Palace on Wheels is a Rajasthan train ride that combines sightseeing with the world’s most extravagant luxury.
The Deccan Odyssey is inspired by the travelling style of erstwhile kings and rulers, and the palace-like interiors are a sight to behold.
Golden Chariot leads you to South Indian hotspots, while spoiling you with plush interiors, fine-dining restaurants, a mini gym and an Ayurvedic spa.
Royal Orient Train transports you through the heart of India, while treating you to five-star facilities, including the famous Watering Hole Bar.
Fairy Queen Express is India’s oldest luxury train that is still powered by a steam engine. The train chugs through Alawar in Rajasthan.
Pamper your senses with a high-altitude spa treatment
Think about the most breathtaking mountains in the world. Now, think about the most decadent spa treatments you’ll ever treat your body to. Combine the two and you have what Ananda In The Himalayas offers discerning travellers. Located on the foothills of the mighty mountains, the award-winning spa offers a host of healing and rejuvenation therapies. Luxurious suites are fitted out with modern conveniences, while the heated pool makes for a great way to end your day.