LUXURY GETAWAYS

5 Irresistible Luxury Holidays You Must Take in India–Great Deals Ahead!

Mayank Kumar

Last updated: Nov 21, 2017

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Staying in a private Himalayan chalet in Sikkim, waking up to birds chirping at 8000 feet in Shimla, or enjoying panoramic views of a 12th-century fort from a palace hotel in Jaisalmer—India promises a bouquet of luxurious experiences. We’ve handpicked some of the best ones for you, and at great prices too!

North-East: Gangtok and Pelling

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Where to stay: Summit Norling Resort, Gangtok

An oasis of calm perched amidst the peaks surrounding Gangtok, Summit Norling Resort sprawls over 3 acres. Choose from luxurious chalets or premium rooms, indulge in a therapeutic spa therapy or snuggle around an evening bonfire in the lawn—the resort will delight you with its plush offerings.  

[Stay in Pelling: Chumbi Mountain Retreat & Spa]

What to do:

Nestled amidst Sikkim’s wondrous mountain ranges, Gangtok lies approximately 125 km away from Bagdogra Airport (about a four-hour drive). Your first stop would be Lake Tsomgo (also known as Changu Lake)—a glacial lake approximately 40 km from Gangtok, surrounded by snow-engulfed peaks at an altitude of 12,400 feet. [Tip: carry a picnic hamper to spend a leisurely day on the banks of the lake]. Make a road trip to Pelling via Namchi the next day, and explore the charms in and around this small hill town, including Pemayangtse Monastery, Rimbi Waterfall, Khecheopalri Lake, to Kanchenjunga Falls.

Package details: 4 nights and 5 days

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Himachal Pradesh: Shimla and Manali

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Where to stay: Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla

Ever wished staying at a hilltop hotel overlooking the Himalayas, surrounded by dense covers all around? Your wanderlust will be satiated at the Oberoi Wildflower Hall, located 8,000 feet above sea level in the hill town of Shimla. Opt for soothing spa therapies and nature walks, sample pan-Indian fare (including local Himachali dishes), and admire the uninterrupted vistas of the mountain range from the outdoor terrace.

[Stay in Manali: Solang Valley Resort]

What to do:

Start your Himachal sojourn by exploring Shimla’s Mall Road, dotted with Victorian structures and vibrant bazaars. The following day, get set for an excursion to Kufri—a hill town near Shimla—to stroll through the Himalayan Zoo, ride a yak, and indulge in some local shopping. The next best thing on your itinerary is Manali, where you can take a leisurely stroll at The Mall, or venture out to explore the snowy peaks of Rohtang Pass. You could also try some adventure sports (like paragliding and zorbing) at Solang Valley.

Package details: 5 nights and 6 days

 

Coorg

Where to stay: Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri

A winding road through lush covers of a 180-acre rainforest will lead you to the entrance of the luxury hotel. Furthermore, attractions like a rejuvenating spa, pool and pool side bar, fitness centre, amphitheatre, gazebo dining (and more), will leave you impressed. The pottery classes and interactive food sessions with the chef offered by Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri only add to the exclusive experience.

What to do:

From a window-into-the-wild at the Dubare Elephant Camp, to the serene beauty of the birthplace of River Cauvery, Coorg is home to experiences that leave you awestruck. Add to that, the marvellous Abbey Falls and Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery), and your itinerary is all set.

Package details: 3 nights and 4 days

 

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Jaisalmer

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Where to stay: Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Staying in a grand, palace hotel that overlooks a 12th-century fort is as decadent as it gets! Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa will spoil you silly with its Quan Spa, Wyra – the rooftop restaurant, and guided tours to the dunes of the Great Indian Thar Desert.

What to do:

Feel like a part of Arabian Nights, while you visit the golden-hued Sam Sand Dunes and gaze at the enchanting sunsets. The next day, explore the interiors of the stunning Jaisalmer Fort (also called as Sonar Quila), Patwon ki Haveliyan and the beautiful Gadisar Lake.

Package details: 2 nights and 3 days

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Kerala

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Where to stay: Vivanta by Taj—Green Cove, Kovalam

Get on a romantic lagoon boat ride, sail on the backwaters at Poovar, enjoy a hearty meal of local specialities, or savour the Bait moonlight dinner experience under a starry night. A stay at Vivanta by Taj—Green Cove offers bespoke experiences that will stay with you for a long time.   

[Stay in Alleppey: Ramada Alleppey]

What to do:

What would be a more idyllic start your holiday in Kerala than a cruise on the backwaters while the sun sets in the background? The soaring palms look like dark silhouettes at dusk, and remind you of picture-postcard sceneries. On your way to Kovalam the next day, you could stop at Trivandrum’s Napier Museum and Zoological Park—both of which are highly recommended. Kovalam’s Hawa Beach and Light House Beach are the stretches where all the sun-and-surf-fun happens—don’t miss these!

Package details: 3 nights and 4 days

 

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