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Why Look Forward to Travelling in India in 2021


2020 ends in few days and with it the year of lockdown and limitations. 2021 is hopefully the year of the end of the Covid-19 Pandemic. While the world has not yet recovered, it slowly making way on the path of recovery. The travel-bug is also making a buzz. Once things settle down, here is why you must look forward to travelling in India in 2021.

India is absolutely amazing to explore in every way. And post Covid-19, is the perfect time to explore. Over 7,500km of coastline, the mighty Himalayas, lush Western Ghats mountain ranges and verdant forest cover with thriving wildlife offer a lot at your disposal. Besides there is history, culture, hospitality and some incredible experiences. All this and more can easily be your travel plans with Trans India Holidays. We specialize in crafting arranging meaningful travel experiences, specialists with first-hand knowledge of their destinations, and the freedom to change your plans if needed thanks to our flexibility promise, your travel plans are in safe hands.

Though there’s a month to go before 2021; here are reasons why you must make plans of India tour.

Good Food

Indian cuisines are a wide palate of delicacies that differ region to region but are an absoute delight for tatse buds. From the savory parathas of Old Delhi to spicy kachoris of Jaipur, Ayurveda-based dishes of Kerala or the fine-dining at the best hotels across the country, the options are more than you can wish for.

Endless Road Trips

Post Pandemic and 2021 travel plans are mostly going to be roadtrips. From being safe in your own vehicle with your own comfort is a matchless trave experience. India’s sheer size makes it incredible for road trips of all sizes, be it day-long family excursions and slightly longer drives. From the  gorgeous Golden Triangle tour circuit, strectch of the Western Ghats, routes through winding mountains, the surreal journey across the Thar Deser and white sands of the Kutch, the holy grail of road journeys- Manali-Leh highway and more—you’ll be listening to nothing but John Denver.

Value more for your Money

Cost is going to be a major factor in the sustainability of regular travel after COVID-19. Travelling in India means lower costs and is the sensible thing to do considering the present circumstances. Instead of splurging on flight ticket and accommodation costs abroad, why not take an extended break at a boutique homestay in the hills or experience the royal life at a heritage property? Need ideas on how to get more value out of what you spend on travel? Read our post-lockdown bucket list for Delhiites—the idea is to immersive yourself in rewarding experiences.

Incredible Train Journeys

Maharajas' Express

If epic rail journeys is your thing, then India has some amazing rides. Even if you are not a fan you will become one.  The opulence of India’s luxury trains that take you through the country’s sweeping panoramas, can make you forget all that. And ever since the Maharajas’ Express and the Golden Chariot slashed their tariffs, we are sure one can start believing in the dream of riding a luxury train again.

The Palace on Wheels, India’s premier luxury train, runs from September through April, taking one from the colourful cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Agra, covering 2,400km in the process. The Golden Chariot, which covers Karnataka and allows you to choose from among different packages, will resume operation in February 2021. Deccan Odyssey—five-time winner of Asia’s Leading Luxury Train title at the World Travel Awards—offers a wide range of itineraries.

Heed the Call of the Wild

There’s no chance you can see such a large variety of birdlife and wildlife—from wild cats, rhinoceroses, elephants, and river dolphins—anywhere closer. If Husing Valley in Hemis National Park is where the elusive snow leopard thrives, Rajiv Gandhi National Park is one of the top places in the world to spot leopards. Birders get lost—literally and otherwise—in Rajasthan’s Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is a premier migratory home for birds from northern and central Asia. Pangolins and Malayan giant squirrels share the thick forest of the Neora Valley National Park with clouded leopards, barking deer, red pandas and Himalayan tahr. The list is long, with 553 wildlife sanctuaries, 103 national parks and 50 tiger reserves in the country. While you’re at it, do read our quick guide to spotting the rarest of the rare in India.

For Heritage Homestays, Houseboats and Treehouses

Isn’t it amazing that you can isolate while on a vacation, living in a treehouse? Perched high on treetops, they not only allow you incredible views of the immediate wilderness and vistas far away but also add a bit of thrill to your stay. And those who’ve always dreamed of caravanning like Shah Rukh Khan in Swades can now actually journey through wild Karnataka in a fully equipped, state-of-the-art campervan, or undertake adrenaline-pumping adventure in the treacherous terrain of the Northeast, driving top-of-the-line off-roaders, pick-up trucks and UTE trucks—all fully outfitted for camping.

With homestays having become a preference over hotels in the immediate post-pandemic future, it is also worth savouring the sense of privilege that comes with staying at a heritage home. For instance, you could stay at Odisha's majestic Belgadia Palace, the once-residence of the Mayurbhanj royal family, or spend a week or two at a pristine heritage retreat in Ladakh. 2021 is also the time to tick off the houseboat stay off your list as you travel not only to Kashmir and Kerala but also Goa, where houseboat cruises on the Mandovi and Chapora rivers are a rage, and Assam.

Lose the Pandemic Blues

While India has always been known as a major wellness destination, the demand for yoga-centric retreats, therapy and holistic treatment in the year following a pandemic is expected to go up. A Global Wellness Institute report has predicted a 7.5-percent annual growth rate for the industry. Prepare to regain the health (mental and physical) lost during the pandemic months with special wellness retreats in the Western Ghats, naturopathy sessions in the lap of Himalayas, Ayurveda treatment in the backwaters of Kerala and sampling the goodness of wholesome mountain produce in Himachal. Uttarakhand, Kerala and Karnataka are some of the most-visited wellness destinations in India but states like Goa are fast catching up with their own austere and luxurious offerings—and we couldn’t be gladder.


Stress-Busting Luxury Boutique Hotels in India


India has a rich legacy of hospitality, where guests are welcomed as Gods. This tradition continues till date and to prove it there are abundant options of luxury boutique hotels. Visitors in India have now the choice of staying at the small heritage hotels, treehouses, villas, camps, palaces, cottages, and forts. Enjoy comforts of home, up in the mountains, in cities, along the shores in the countryside and dotted on the diverse landscape.

Boutique hotels in India have increased in considerable numbers. Apart from luxury, boutique hotels are well known for providing unique experiences and personalized services to the travelers.

Of the many options, we list the top luxury boutique hotels in India.

1. Imperial Hotel, Near Connaught Place, Delhi

The Imperial New Delhi

The Imperial is an iconic property in the capital city Delhi. The 5-star hotel built in 1931 is reminiscent of the days of British Raj. Experience the charm of art Deco-inspired architecture, sprawling lawns and magnificent luxuries.

Similar to Delhi, The Imperial Hotel is a mix of history with the modern world. The hotel has been the site of many important instances in history. It is an art gallery, museum and hotel all in one. The dining and spa experiences are truly unrivalled. Fulfill your fantasies for a pampering vacation in India, with your stay at the luxury boutique hotel.

Trivia: The luxury hotel has a bar, Patiala Peg form where the measure for a larger measure of 75 ml pegs instead of the usual 60 ml ones was coined. The bar was frequented by the Viceroy of India during the British colonial rule.

2. Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Near Jaipur

Tree of Life Resort

A new addition to the popular boutique hotels in India, The Tree Of Life Resort and Spa in Jaipur is a pleasant escapade. It stands apart, as it an oasis of calm. The lavish resort recreates the charm of a typical Rajasthani village with the modern luxuries to make your stay comfortable.

Set on the foothills of Aravalis, the resort imbibes the royal traditions of Rajasthan. Rose-hued walls, clear blue pools and royal villas are dotted on the sprawling grounds. Indulge in day-spa pampering, poolside lounging and gorging on delicious platters of multi-ethic dishes. Get a taste of village life, indulge in elephant rides and mountain treks. Create cherished memories of your vacation.

Trivia: The hotel highlights the green beauty of the Aravalis which is quite different form the image you have when you think of the desert state.

3. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore National Park

Oberoi Vanyavilas

Wildlife adventures in India are one of the best experiences of the country. Oberoi Vanyavilas is a one of its kind luxury tented camp offering a wild escapade in the Ranthambore National Park. The luxury boutique hotel in India offers comforts with equal dose of adventure.

Oberoi Vanyavilas reflects the style of the safari encampments. One of India’s first luxury tented camps, it offers a faultless Ranthambore experience. Enjoy the roar of the big cats, the melodies of birds and lush green. The resort is definitely a perfect spot to unwind. Go for game drives or safari. The resort acts as your own home, even in the wilderness.

Trivia: The authentic jungle camp in Ranthambore is known for its esteemed luxuries apart from the thrilling adventures.

4. RAAS Devigarh, Near Udaipur

RAAS Devigarh

RAAS Devigarh is one of the best choices you make to enjoy a royal vacation in Rajasthan. Housed in an 18th century fort palace overlooking the brilliance of the village of Delwara, Devigarh is a testimony of the Rajputana magnificence.

Remarkable from the inside as it is from the outside, the luxury boutique hotel in India can be counted among the world’s best in this niche. Soak in the bliss of pleasures of the Rajputana royalty without missing on the modern day luxuries. Stay in the majestic suites, dine like royalty and be pampered to wonderful spa experiences. The hotel is quite close to the village of Delwara, which offers amazing architecture, art and activities.

Trivia: Devigarh Palace was the primary location for shooting of the film Eklavya. The film was chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category for the year 2007.

5. Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park

Luxury vacations out in the wild are just the thing for the Samode Safari Lodge. Get ready for a first-hand experience of the Indian jungle in the Bandhavgarh National Park. It is one of the few places in the world where you can still see wild tigers in their natural habitat.  Samode Safari Lodge offers a thrilling adventure-filled vacation with unmatched hospitality and luxury in the heart of wilderness.

In the heart of tiger country, guests can enjoy quite a relaxing getaway.  Enjoy the fresh air of greenery, spot local wildlife and enjoy nature. Spa treatments, delicious gastronomy, a heated swimming pool, and cooking classes are only some of the other temptations.

Trivia: Madhya Pradesh was where the tales of Jungle Book were imagined and the boutique resort rec-creates the thrill.

6. Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

Would you not love to wake up to aroma of fresh tea and views of misty hills? The Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling offers a charming getaway. The delightful retreat is set above the banks of the River Rungeet in the sleepy hill station of West Bengal. The Prakash family owns the tea planation and have turned it as one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in India.

The 1600 acres tea estate promises an experience like never before. Enjoy the colonial architecture, modern pleasures and bliss. Enjoy a number of outdoor activities like camping, hiking and rafting. Learn about the workings of a tea estate. Take home fond memories of the relaxing stay.

Trivia: The Glenburn Tea Estate was started in started in 1859 by a Scottish family by the name of Glenburn. It offers a first-hand experience of tea making.

7. Casa De Goa Boutique Resort

Created of all fantasies you have of Goa, Casa De Goa Boutique Resort is one of the popular luxury boutique hotels in India. Tucked away in the Calangute Beach, the resort is away from crowds. The private property comprises of  luxury vacation villas which are perfect for exclusive holidays in Goa.

The tropical house relaxes your senses. Enjoy the comfort of your lodging. Food and every other service is personalized accommodating all your needs. The privacy of the resort is its biggest draw. Enjoy an uninterrupted honeymoon or vacation with your family. You return to your home with fond memories of your stay here.

Trivia: The renowned Conde Nast Traveller includes Casa De Goa Boutique Resort in “The 25 Best Beach Villas in the World” for the exquisite design and attention to detail.



Top 7  Reasons a Maldives is the ultimate stress-buster


Maldives has won the title of World's Leading Destination 2020 at the World Travel Awards. The country is well known for its crystalline waters with beautiful shades of blue, swaying palm trees, and sparkling white sand under the limitless blue skies. With good weather throughout most of the year, Maldives makes a great choice for an idyllic beach getaway. It is the ultimate dream of luxury and tranquility.

Here, we share with you eight reasons why Maldives should be on your travel bucket list.

1. Most Romantic Place on Earth

Romantic dining on the beach
A visit to the Maldives is a dream come true. Each resort is a private enclave perched on an individual island, providing its occupants with exclusive tranquility. This is a great place to relax and spend quality time with your other half or family. Imagine waking up on the private island, surrounded by swaying palm trees, azure blue sea and pristine soft white sand every day. Maldives is where you create magical memories with your loved ones.

2. Amazing Marine Life
No trip to Maldives would be complete without a dip in the waters teeming with rich marine life. Maldives is world-famous for its amazing myriad of marine life, and is considered to be one of the best snorkeling/ diving locations in the world. Resorts with private house reefs are exceptionally attractive because you get to snorkel at any time of the day. Swim freely in the Indian Ocean among the colourful arrays of corals, sea turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and a multitude of other underwater species! It’s almost like swimming in a giant aquarium.

3. Unrivalled Luxury and Pampering
If there were one luxury destination in Asia that comes to mind, it has to be Maldives. Over here, you will be treated like royalty. From the moment you arrive at the Male Airport, resort representatives will be there to escort you to your luxury speedboat or seaplane. This is where your fuss-free vacation begins. From the unparalleled top-notch personalized service to the romantic Dhoni cruises to dining on a private sandbank, you will enjoy unrivalled luxury and pampering.

4. Living on the Ocean

Water Villa
Overwater villas are all over the world but you should not miss out on the ones in Maldives. Everyone should experience staying in these villas at least once in their lives. Waking up to the paranomic view of the vast turquoise sea with only the sound of the waves lapping against your resort and gentle sea breeze blowing against your face, while watching the resplendent egg yolk sunrise, is the ultimate Maldivian experience. What’s more, the colourful corals and rich marine life are right at your doorstep.

5. Beautiful Scenery in Paradise
Well known for its picturesque beaches with sparkling soft white sand, beautiful azure sea, and impossibly clear skies, the term “tropical paradise” for Maldives is almost an understatement. Basking on your sundeck while enjoying the heart-stopping views of the Indian Ocean is like a dream. Every single angle seems to be the perfect vantage point for taking picture-perfect postcard-worthy photos.

6. A Paradise’s Race Against Time
You don’t want to miss out on this paradise, do you? Maldives is the world’s lowest lying nation, at just 1.3 metres above sea level. If the sea level rises by just another metre, the island nation would become uninhabitable. With global sea levels rising rapidly due to unpredictable climate changes, Maldives may disappear from the world in the near future. Start saving, start planning and visit Maldives before it’s gone forever.

7. The Ultimate Privacy and Seclusion

Ultimate Privacy
A trip to the Maldives is an ultimate vacation where you get to enjoy a combination of nature, luxury and privacy. Sandbank dining is definitely one of the most serene and romantic experiences in Maldives. Enjoy the sandbank in private with your special other half on the stark white sand while being surrounded by the endless Indian Ocean. Savour your meal as you witness the first rays of morning light on the horizon.

An unforgettable travel experience, Maldives on your travel bucket list because life is too short to miss out on this paradise! Maldives is truly one of the best vacation destination in the world and you will have unforgettable memories here.

Journey on the World's Leading Luxury Train Maharajas’ Express


India is a country of many wonders. Even train journeys are special. Imagine red carpet welcome, delicious foods, super comfy mattresses, excellent hospitality, wines from all over the world, decent WI-FI connection, a television, one private butler and excursions to the most famous destinations in India, to 24 hours of endless scenes through mega-sized windows.

The award-winning Maharajas Express is among the best of luxury trains in world. The Indian luxury train is the most luxurious as well as exclusive, setting the new standard of luxury that puts is on the list of the best. Honored at the World Travel Awards with Maharaja Express every year, the best luxury train in India is one of the must-try experience.

Maharajas' Express

Four Luxurious Cabin Choices

There are Deluxe Cabins, Junior Suites, Suites, and one Presidential Suite that takes one entire compartment. A Deluxe Cabin would do however most of them prefer tables and chair for their comfort during the day, they could try the Junior Suite. There is a sitting room, bedroom, and a bathroom. You’ll have a ton of room in a Junior Suite and Suite cabin yet these are of no match for a presidential suite which has multiple cabins and occupies a whole compartment.

Four Different Routes; Four Different Experiences

The “Heritage of India” gives a glimpse of the culture and heritage of India, starting from Mumbai touring through Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, and Agra to Delhi.

The most loved “Indian Panorama” journey starts from Delhi touring through Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, and Varanasi to Delhi.

The “Indian Splendour” Journey starts from Delhi touring through Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, and Udaipur to Mumbai.

The “Treasures of India” journey is a quicker one (3 nights/4 days) covering Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, and Jaipur unlike the other three which tours for a week.

A Royal and Personalized Food Feast

The best thing about eating in the Maharaja Express journey is options. You have plenty of food items to try inside the Maharaja Express and also on the outside in some palatial buildings. There are two dining cars called the Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal serving Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian, and Jain foods too. You name it, the master chef has got it all from Lactose-Free Meal, Ovo Lacto Veg Meal, Vegan Meal, Kosher Meal, and Gluten-Free Meal apart from the usual Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Meals.

Red Carpet Welcome with Fresh Flowers and Gifts

The amount of hospitality showered in the form of fresh flower garlands and memorable gifts at every halt will make a traveller feel like they are the most celebrated person in the surroundings. Out of love, the royal service of the staffs paves a red carpet welcome to The Maharaja Express tourists. From the time you get into this luxurious express to the moment you bid farewell to the golden memories, you’ll be surrounded by hospitality and happiness.

Excursions Inclusive of The Maharaja Express


The Maharaja Express gifts its guests the sense of royalty in everything, even it is far away from the train. A luxurious AC coach will come to pick you up at the railway station to take you on day tours. You can dine at 5-star hotels, learn history in ancient forts of Jaipur, go on a Tiger Safari at Ranthambore, and click beautiful photos with your beloved one in Taj Mahal. You can learn the process of silk weaving and enjoy a splendid sunset in the Ghats of Varanasi while praying near the holy Ganges River.

Touring at Day; Travelling at Night

The time you spend on the train will mostly be during the night. You will have a restful sleep after rewinding the memories of your day tour with your loved one and your family. After delightful dining inside palaces turned luxurious hotels of India, you have a great comfy to hop in and doze off. The wifi connection is far more decent with the same password in every cabin and lounge. The key to enjoying the Maharaja Experience is to wake up early and experience the pastoral lands of India. After all, you have a great grand window displaying the most realistic sceneries and lifestyle of India.

Experience the erstwhile royalty of Indian Maharaja and Maharani travelling with The Maharaja Express