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Tips to Experience India's Rich Wildlife

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India is a place unlike another. While the culture and heritage has been the highlights, wildlife tours has gained global attention. India is home to more than half the population of tigers in the world. Besides tigers, India is blessed with elephants, nilgai, deer, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic lions, a variety of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and in fact every kind of species of the animal kingdom. The majestic beasts are found in the wild jungles of Central India, sanctuaries which were earlier game parks in Rajasthan, blissful lush wilderness in the South and mostly all over India. Those who want to spot a tiger, can try them at these popular wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Book a Jeep Safari/ Baot Safari/ Elephant Rides

Choose a Jungle Stay

Respect the wildlife


Best Yoga Wellness Retreats in India for a Post-COVID Vacation

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Yoga is synonymous with India. The holistic science of health and wellness is centuries old and has evolved to suit the needs of the modern day. People from all walks of life choose yoga as the ultimate secret of rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. In the current scenario, post-COVID vacations means getting away from cities and breathe in the pure bliss of nature. And this is where, wellness vacations come into play. Yoga retreats are calling with ancient healing techniques amid nature’s bliss. India abounds in yoga retreats where one can learn yoga. Whether it’s a simple ashram experience or luxury getaway, here are our handpicked options.

ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS, RISHIKESH

Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas
From rose quartz facials to Tibetan energy healing, the palatial Ananda in the Himalayas’ daily yoga programme comes with plenty of luxurious extras. But with the tranquil vistas across the valley from its luxurious Garden Suites, there’s a temptation to simply curl up with a masala chai and enjoy the view.

WILDFLOWER HALL, SHIMLA

Yoga at Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Nestled in the Himalayas, so it follows that mortal practitioners take his lead. Classes at Wildflower Hall are instructed one-to-one with yawning views across the soaring peaks of India’s dramatic north.

THE OBEROI SUKHVILAS RESORT & SPA, CHANDIGARH


With legendary Ayurvedic guru Dr Robert Svoboda facilitating occasional three-day wellness programmes alongside The Oberoi Sukhvilas’ already well-stocked spa and yoga menu, this is a holistic retreat that certainly knows how to tailor an exclusive experience.

THE HAVELI HARI GANGA, HARIDWAR
Dodge the crowds thronging around Haridwar’s holy Har Ki Pauri ghat and sink into The Haveli Hari Ganga’s private bathing area instead. It’s said that a dip in the Ganges rinses away negative karma. Morning yoga is instructed in a serene studio adjacent to the holy currents, with a havan, or fire blessing, to follow.

DEWA RETREAT, RISHIKESH
A swimming pool in Rishikesh is worth its weight in crystal malas, and Dewa Retreat’s is flanked by the exceedingly popular Pure Soul café, offering precious raw cacao-based and maca-laced delicacies. Perched above the Ganges, views from the rooms’ private balconies are spectacular, and if the in-house yoga classes aren’t up to scratch, there are plenty more to choose from in the surrounding ashrams.

RAAS JODHPUR
Early risers can stretch out in Raas Jodhpur’s rooftop Baradari restaurant for a sunrise sequence overlooking Rajasthan’s iconic 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort. Follow with an invigorating Prana Vitality massage treatment in the hotel’s supremely indulgent Ila Spa.

THE LEELA PALACE, UDAIPUR
The Leela Palace’s five-day Sojourn into Self programme offers a heady tasting menu of holistic treatments served up at its in-house ESPA—the largest in India. Add in a Vedic astrology reading, daily yoga and blessings at the local Shiva temple, and this is ascetism of a highly decadent order.

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR
Sun salutations facing the sparkling Lake Pichola as dawn lights the horizon is a spiritual experience worth photographing. Chase a morning class with a dip in the infinity pool gazing out the distant throb and pulse of Udaipur.

RAAS DEVIGARH, DELWARA
An elegant 18th-century palace near Udaipur, Raas Devigarh serves up an imaginative menu of guided yoga and meditation practices compellingly seasoned with incense, essential oils, sound healing and cranial holds.

SIDDHARTH YOG SEVA ASHRAM, VARANASI
Varanasi is one of India’s holiest pilgrimage sites and, with its soaring temperatures and burning ghats, one of its most arresting. Yoga offers a welcome respite, and classes on Yogi Siddharth’s Ganges-facing terrace are one of the most peaceful experiences you’re likely to have at this frenetic destination. That is, if the resident monkeys don’t interfere!

HILTON SHILLIM ESTATE RETREAT & SPA, PUNE
With soaring views across Maharashtra’s rugged mountains, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa’s 70 forested acres are worlds away from the hustle of Pune. The yoga pavilion and meditation cave make good use of the hotel’s scenic location, with bicycles and hiking trails inviting a full immersion in the surrounding nature.

TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA, GOA

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
Sink into Goa time on Benaulim Beach in the quieter south, where the on-demand yoga menu stretches to whatever appeals, from a gentle session tailored to beginners to a challenging set for more experienced practitioners.

SWASWARA CGH EARTH, GOKARNA

Swaswara CGH Earth, Gokarna
Draw away from the opulence of SwaSwara for a moment to meditate in its private hilltop meditation perch. With sprawling views across the aptly named Om Beach, this is where an open-eyed meditation practice comes into its own.

SHREYAS, BENGALURU
With its 25 acres cast in dappled shade by day and lit by the flicker of candle lamps at night, Shreyas is south India’s dedicated yoga oasis. Stay in one of its 12 tasteful cottages to enjoy world-class hospitality served alongside some refreshingly skilled tuition in yoga and mindfulness.

TAJ MADIKERI RESORT & SPA, COORG
Clustered in a rainforest and sheltered by holy rudraksha trees, Taj Madikeri Resort’s Jiva Spa offers Trataka—candle-gazing to relieve anxiety—and a sublime 50-minutes of Yoga Nidra—sleeping yoga—alongside its selection of dynamic or gentle asana classes.

CARNOUSTIE AYURVEDA & WELLNESS RESORT, KERALA
Panchakarma—an intense revitalising Ayurvedic cleanse—is especially popular at the luxury beachside Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort. With rigorous daily massage treatments, delicious dosha (body type)-specific Indian fare and morning yoga and pranayama (breathwork) by the sea, it’s easy to see why.

MARARI BEACH, KERALA
There are plenty of places to flop in the verdant 12 acres of Marari Beach’s sumptuous resort: in a hammock beneath the palm trees; on a sun-lounger gazing out at the Arabian Sea; and, of course, on a yoga mat, the waves harmonising with your ujjayi breath.

NEELESHWAR HERMITAGE, KERALA
The most pressing decision at the sumptuous Neeleshwar Hermitage on Malabar’s sighing coast is whether to practice morning yoga with Anil in the shore-facing yoga hall or receive training in Transcendental Meditation with Alistair on the beach. Or both?

NIRAAMAYA RETREATS SURYA SAMUDRA, KERALA
Perched atop a dramatic cliff above Kovalam Beach, days at Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra slide by with hypnotic serenity. Punctuate them with yoga: an invigorating session at sunrise gazing out at the Arabian Sea, and a soothing restorative class as the sun sinks beneath the horizon.

SOMATHEERAM AYURVEDIC HEALTH RESORT, KERALA
This is a place that takes its Ayurveda very seriously, with skilled doctors and a fastidious team of therapists set on restoring burnt-out city types. The sprawling oceanic views from the yoga terrace at Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort’s hill perch certainly complement the artful instruction.

TAJ BEKAL RESORT & SPA, KERALA
The refreshingly extensive yoga menu at Taj Bekal Resort & Spa includes a restorative session designed to smooth out the ruffles of jet lag. Follow it with a calming class in mantra meditation before stretching out with a chilled coconut water on Kappil Beach in Kerala’s tranquil north.


 


Best Romantic Experiences in India

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India beckons travellers with incredible experiences, and for the couples there is a lot on offer. From the icon of love-Taj to romantic houseboat tours on backwaters, India presents some loving romantic experiences that makes your vacation one that you shall never forget. Be it boat rides, stay at royal suites or special dinner dates, India offers some memorable romantic experiences.

When thinking of an unforgettable time, here are some of the best experiences in India.

Taj Mahal in its eternal beauty

Couple in Taj Mahal

Houseboat Cruise on Kerala Backwaters

Houseboat ride on Kerala backwaters

Houseboat cruise on backwaters

Couple Ayurveda Massage

Ayurveda massage

Shikara ride on Lake Pichola

Couple Ayurveda massage

Royal stay at Heritage Hotels of Rajasthan

Royal stay at heritage hotels of Rajasthan

Luxury Train Tour

Relaxing at Beach Resort

Yatch ride on the high seas

Toy Train Ride to the hills

Stay amid lush tea estates

Pray at Ancient Churches of Goa

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Wildlife safaris & stay in luxury resorts

Repeating wedding vows

Wedding at Umaid Bhavan Palace


Rajasthan Tourism: Exotic Architecture, Incredible Sights, Royal Pleasures and More

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Tucked in the north-western part of India, Rajasthan, symbolizes the country’s opulence and grandeur from the bygone days. An integral part of India's famous Golden Triangle Tour circuit, Rajasthan beckons with its incredible charms. The land of Maharajas boasts a rich history, cultural heritage, kaleidoscopic festivals, folk music, traditional art & crafts, delectable cuisine, religious sites, magnificent forts and beautiful havelis. The state’s representative melodic tune, ‘Padharo mhare des’, beckons the spirit of a traveler to blend with its magnificence and charm.

Amer Fort

Rajasthan tours is considered to be the essence of exploring India. Without exploring its amazing places, things to do and experiences, any India tour remains incomplete. When planning a Rajasthan trip itinerary, here is all that you need to know.

Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Forts:

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur, Bhangarh Fort, Anupgarh Fort, Bala Quila, Badnore Fort, Barmer Fort, Bhatner Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Dev Giri Fort, Gagron Fort, Hill Fort Kesroli, Gugor Fort, Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer, Jaigarh Fort, Jalore Fort, Jhalawar Fort, Juna Fort, Junagarh Fort, Khejarla Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Lohagarh Fort, Taragarh Fort, Neemrana Fort

Palaces

Rambagh Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, City Palace Udaipur, Alwar City Palace, Garh Palace, Bhamashah ki Haveli, Bhanwar Vilas Palace, City Palace Karauli, City Palace Jaipur, City Palace Dholpur, Jal Mahal, Juna Mahal, Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Maan Mahal, Moti Mahal

Lakes

Lake Pichola

Anand Sagar Lake, Anasagar Lake, Balsamand Lake, Diablab Lake, Doodh Talai Lake, Gadisar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Kaylana Lake, Gaib Sagar Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Lake Jait Sagar, Lake Foy Sagar, Pichola Lake, Sambhar Lake, Pushkar Lake, Udaisagar Lake, Nakki Lake, Man Sagar Lake

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks

Jeep safari in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park, Desert National Sanctuary, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu Sanctuary, National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

Museums: Ahar Archaeological Museum, Ajmer Government Museum, Albert Hall Museum, Alwar Government Museum, Amer Archaeological Museum, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Government Museum Jaisalmer, Dolls Museum, Prachina Museum, Fateh Prakash Palace MuseumThings to Do in Rajasthan

Attend the Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Fair

Go for a Thar Desert Safari

Thar Desert Safari

Visit Ranthambore National Park

Enjoy folk music and dance

Rajasthani Folk Music

Enjoy local Rajasthani Cuisine

Rajasthani cuisine

The royal heritage and the geographic features of Rajasthan have influenced the cuisine of the region. Traditional food items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia are appreciated by foodies across the globe. Popular dishes of Rajasthan also include Kabuli Pulao, Laal Maas, Mohan Mass, Panchkuta/Ker Sangri, Pittod Ki Sabji, Besan Gatta Sabji, Ker-Dakh Sabji, Lacha Pakori, Govind Gatte, Bajra Roti, Lahsun Ki Chatni, Mogor Ki Sabji, and Haldi Ki Sabji. Some of the must-try sweets are Balushahi, Ghevar, Alwar Ka Mawa, and Gujia.

Shopping at local bazaars in Rajasthan

Shopping in Rajasthan

Shopping in Rajasthan is one of the much loved activities for travellers in the city. The bright bustling markets tempt with handmade items that preserve their heritage and clebrated their skilled craftsmanship. The most popular bargains are Jewelry and gemstones, Paintings, Carpets, Pottery, Puppets and stuffed toys, Fabric, Metalwork, Spices, Jodhpuri juttis, Sweets

Watch a puppet show

How to Reach Rajasthan

By Air: There are seven airports in Rajasthan, which connect the state to major Indian cities and foreign countries. There are direct flights from destinations all over India.

By Rail: Rajasthan is well-connected by rail. Luxury trains in India cover Rajasthan in their journeys. Superfast trains like Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express run through the state.    

By Road: There about 20 national highways passing through the state. A four-lane highway, NH-8 connects from Delhi.


Best National Parks for Bird Watching in India

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India is a bird watching haven. The lush jungles are home to all species of the animal kingdom including birds of colourful shades. The vast country is a habitat to birds including migratory ones flying in from far parts of the world.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo National Park)

Binsar National Park

Kaziranga National Park