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India: Luxury Hotels and Tiger Safaris

OVERVIEW

India will captivate you and may even transform you, if you let it. Escape to a land of vibrant colors, ancient traditions and unspeakable beauty while immersing yourself in one of the most fascinating cultures on the planet. India's luxury hotels provide the perfect sanctuary from which to explore the bustling bazaars, powdery beaches, supreme mountains and iconic tiger safaris. Marvel at the hectic pace of urban India, embrace the sensory overload of the spice markets, watch the full moon salute the rising sun behind the Taj Mahal and delve into the romantic and historic royal cities of Rajasthan. Then retreat...let time unwind and let peaceful India amaze you as you indulge in the tranquility of its breathtaking coastline, the magic of its captivating tiger safaris and the diversity of its incredible and inspiring culture. Explore the depths of a place and a people designed and dedicated to attaining peace of mind, body and soul. Take a private houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala and do some restorative yoga in the Himalayan valley, sunbathe on the golden exotic shores of Goa and treat yourself to luscious mangoes and silk saris - all part of the experience of a lifetime. 

WHAT WE LOVE 

  • The grand heritage properties of Royal Rajasthan: Live like a Maharajah in veritable palaces and forts that have been converted into the most lavish properties known to mankind. 
  • Tiger Safaris: Make your way to Kaziranga National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha or one of India's other parks and keep your eyes peeled for one of the most majestic animals in the world.
  • Hippy lifestyle on the beaches of Goa: Explore the beautiful beaches of the Indian coastline, each unique and special in their own way. Appreciate the influence of hippy culture, the lively nightlife, the abundance of water sports, turtle and dolphin sightings, exotic beach bars, flavorful restaurants, vibrant art galleries and luxury spa resorts. 
  • Houseboat cruises through the backwaters of Kerala: Cast away on a private romantic cruise through the backwaters of Kerala and admire the stunning rural scenery while a private chef prepares an eclectic variety of well spiced gourmet treats. 
  • Private full moon visits at the Taj Mahal: Escape the crowds and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Admire its magnificent silhouette in the moonlight and sit back and watch as the fleeting sunrise reveals its true beauty. 
  • Traditional and authentic Indian cuisine:  Take full advantage for every city you visit will introduce you to unique recipes, exotic spices and local delicacies. 
  • Endless bazaars and markets: Lose yourself literally in the exciting maze of food, handicrafts, fabrics, spices, incense, precious stones, leather goods and so much more. 
  • Yoga, as it was intended: Re-discover yourself in 26,000 year-old yoga in its birth place and attend a spiritual Ganga Aarti lighting ceremony at sunset. 

REST & REJUVENATE

  • Rambagh Palace: An unparalleled experience awaits you at Rambagh Palace. Stay in suites that were once royal sanctuaries, stroll through a labyrinth of expansive gardens and test your skills at a traditional match of Elephant polo. 
  • Spice Routes Luxury Cruises: Formerly spice trade barges, these luxury houseboats provide first-hand exposure to natural hidden beauty accessible only by water. Seamless service, personalized menus, incomparable peace and quiet and exceptional ambiance are all part of the package. 
  • Lake Palace Hotel: A floating white marble palace exclusively accessible by boat. As if the image is not sufficiently captivating, look beyond to the Aravalli Mountain range and city lights as they flicker far off into the distance. Take a moment to fully recognize the setting and how there is truly nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Then disembark and continue to be amazed as the interior proves itself just as fabulous and exceeds all expectations beyond comprehension. 
  • Oberoi Amarvilas: Perfectly situated 600 meters from the revered Taj Mahal, close enough to afford uninterrupted views from your bed, yet far enough to escape the urban chaos. Richly furnished suites with private balconies, romantic starlit dining, Ayurvedic spa treatments and beautiful reflection pools all contribute to a sense of culture and much needed relaxation. 
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace: Built in the 1930's, the Umaid Bhawan Palace sits above the desert city of Johdpur and amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. Drive through the city in a vintage car with your very own personal chauffeur, hit the marble squash courts for a little exercise, then unwind with a couple's massage and retire to your regal suite at the end of the day. 
  • Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh Safari:  An expansive area of over 400km2 with the ideal geographic positioning allows the Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary to host roughly 250 species of birds and 22 different species of mammals, including the iconic tiger. And if you're hoping to pair this more natural and rustic experience with a little luxury and comfort, you've come to the right place. Choose between 12 private suites at the intimate Mahua Kothi lodge and indulge in the perfect blend of nature and relaxation.   
  • The Jawai Leopard Camp: Down to earth with a subtle touch of opulence, the Jawai Leopard Camp may just be exactly what you're looking for. Partake in a leopard safari, relax by your private pool or at the Sujan spa, and dine in an expansive white tent under a star-speckled sky before retiring to your suite. 
  • Chhatra Sagar: Royal Rajput lifestyle combined with breathtaking surroundings makes Chhatra Sagar one of our all time favorites. Committed to a harmonious way of life, settlers of the area still dedicate their time primarily to farming and shepherding. So maximize the opportunity to visit their farms and villages, to learn about their heritage and to later relax under traditional white tents that resemble mini-palaces. 

WHAT TO KNOW

  • India's weather is extremely varied so most would agree that the best time to visit the majority of the country is during the cool, dry season between the months of November and March. September, October and April are also great months to travel, temperatures are still warm but they are not as scorching as during the summer. If you are looking to make your way to the mountainous areas however, the season starts in April and extends through September. All in all, India has a little something for everyone, every day of the year. 
  • With regard to tiger safaris, we recommend that you plan your visit between the months of January and March to maximize your chances of seeing a vast array of wildlife. That being said, the larger range of October through April also guarantees great animal sightings and an all-around unforgettable safari experience. 
  • Being a subcontinent, India is incredibly vast and there is a lot to do and a lot to see in a relatively short amount of time. Most start off with the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) and then the options are endless. From Delhi, either head north to the Himalayas, or south to the shores of Goa or to the backwaters of Kerala. From Agra, head central to Madhya Pradesh and Bandhavgarh National Park for a tiger safari.
Epic Road will custom design the perfect itinerary for you, so reach out and let us help you discover the magic of India.

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