9 Luxurious Holiday Destinations In India

May 17, 2024

While spanning its eastern corner to the western coast, India offers galore experiences— from rejuvenating beach getaways, luxurious oases in the desert, jungle jaunts, and even glorious experiences on cruises and trains. From the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa, India boasts a tapestry of luxurious retreats waiting to be discovered. Indulge in the opulence of royal palaces, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of ancient cities, and rejuvenate your senses amidst the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a taste of the high life, India's luxurious destinations promise to captivate your heart and soul. Join us as we delve into the world of luxury travel and uncover the hidden gems that await in this vibrant and diverse land.

9 Luxurious Destinations In India

Rajasthan

Home to several royal dynasties that enjoyed an opulent and ostentatious lifestyle, Rajasthan, “The Land Of Kings” is a land steeped in history. Over the years, age-old cultures, traditions, arts and practices have been blending seamlessly with modern comforts, culminating in tailoring a regal experience for tourists who want to sample luxury. From its northernmost tip to its southernmost end, this ‘Land of Mirage’ has several luxurious escapades that warrant a splurge. 

Rajasthan Desert

As you wander through the bustling bazaars and vibrant streets of Rajasthan's cities, immerse yourself in the colourful tapestry of local life. Indulge your senses with the tantalising aromas and flavours of Rajasthani cuisine, renowned for its rich spices and mouth-watering delicacies. From the fiery Laal Maas to the delectable Dal Baati Churma, every dish tells a story of tradition and heritage.

Rajasthani Thali

Start your trip by exploring the "City of Lakes" or the "Venice of the East," Udaipur, the most exquisite tourist attraction. Nestled in the middle of Lake Pichola with the beautiful Aravalli Mountains as a backdrop, the palace has intriguing stories galore of the past. No trip to Udaipur is complete without a boat ride on Lake Pichola, where you can admire the shimmering waters and picturesque surroundings while gazing upon the majestic palaces that dot the lake's shores. Don't miss the chance to visit the stunning Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (now the luxurious Taj Lake Palace), which seem to float serenely on the lake's surface. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the old city, where every corner reveals hidden gems, from ancient temples to bustling markets brimming with colourful wares.

Taj Lake Palace

For one of the world’s most luxurious hotels head for the beautiful Rambagh Palace of Jaipur. Once a residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, this architectural masterpiece transcends time.  Its 19 hectares of gardens are perfectly manicured, and its furnishings beyond opulent; Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, the most famous of its pink sandstone buildings being the Palace of the Winds (or Hawa Mahala) from where ladies of the royal household could view life going on in the streets below. Walk those streets to browse shops selling wool carpets and colourful saris, and pick your way through the markets of handicrafts and flowers. Just outside the city, Amber Fort offers stunning views of the surrounding area and the very best of Rajput architecture including ornately carved marble panels, mirrored ceilings and sandalwood doors.

Rambagh Palace

Jodhpur, the "Blue City" of Rajasthan, beckons travellers with its majestic forts, bustling markets, and rich cultural heritage. Set against the backdrop of the Thar Desert, this vibrant city boasts a unique blend of history, architecture, and tradition that leaves visitors spellbound. Begin your exploration of Jodhpur with a visit to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, perched atop a rocky hilltop and offering breathtaking views of the city below. Marvel at the intricate carvings, ornate palaces, and expansive courtyards within the fort complex, which provide a glimpse into the royal legacy of the Rathore dynasty. 

Jodhpur

Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in the city's famous sweets, including the iconic mawa kachori and mouthwatering gulab jamuns. Attend a traditional folk music and dance performance or explore the intricacies of local crafts like pottery, tie-dye textiles, and leatherwork. End your day with a serene sunset camel safari in the nearby desert, where you can experience the tranquillity of the vast dunes and marvel at the magical hues of the twilight sky.

Camel Safari

Jaisalmer, known as the "Golden City" of Rajasthan, captivates visitors with its enchanting desert landscape, magnificent forts, and timeless charm. Nestled amidst the vast expanse of the Thar Desert, this historic city exudes a sense of mystique and grandeur that transports travellers back in time. 

Jaisalmer

Don’t forget to carry scarves to protect yourself from the day’s heat. Do carry all your essentials like a pair of sunglasses, a water bottle to keep you hydrated and sunscreen to keep yourself protected from those tans.

Kerala

Delve and unwind amidst the plush scenic view and the natural beauty of  “God’s Own Country’, Kerala. Begin your journey with a serene houseboat cruise through the picturesque backwaters of Alleppey, where you can unwind in the lap of nature while enjoying impeccable hospitality and indulgent amenities. 

Houseboat Ride, Kerala

Explore the tranquil hill station of Munnar, renowned for its lush tea plantations, luxury resorts, and rejuvenating Ayurvedic spas. For a taste of royalty, immerse yourself in the opulence of the historic backwater town of Kumarakom, home to luxurious heritage resorts and serene lakeside villas. Don't miss the chance to pamper yourself with traditional Ayurvedic treatments and therapeutic massages at one of Kerala's world-class wellness retreats. 

Tea plantation, Munnar

When in Kerala, cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters is a must. Experience luxury in the truest sense in these plush accommodations that are well-equipped with bedrooms, living rooms, decks with views, and a slice of nature at its best. Soak yourself in the ultimate luxury and relaxation at the pristine beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, where luxury resorts offer panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and bespoke experiences tailored to your every desire. Don’t forget to indulge in the popular lip-smacking delicacies of Kerala, like Malabar biryani, Malabar Parotta, Fish curry etc.

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Maharashtra

Maharashtra, with its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers a plethora of luxurious experiences for travellers seeking an unforgettable retreat. Begin your journey in the bustling city of Mumbai, where you can immerse yourself in the opulence of Bollywood, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and explore historic landmarks like the Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves. From Mumbai, venture into the serene hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala, where you can escape the heat and indulge in luxury resorts nestled amidst lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. 

Lonavla & Khandala, Maharashtra

For a taste of royalty, head to the majestic forts and palaces of Maharashtra, such as the iconic Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the magnificent Aga Khan Palace in Pune, and the regal Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Dive into the rich cultural tapestry of Maharashtra by attending vibrant festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali, or exploring the bustling markets of Pune and Nashik for exquisite handicrafts and traditional attire.

Elephanta Cave, Mumbai

For nature enthusiasts, Maharashtra offers pristine beaches along the Konkan coast, where you can unwind in luxury beach resorts and indulge in water sports like snorkelling and jet skiing. Embark on a wildlife safari in the lush forests of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve or Pench National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Juhu Beach, Mumbai

Savour the culinary delights of Maharashtra with a gastronomic journey through its diverse regional cuisines, from the spicy seafood of Konkan to the delectable street food of Mumbai. End your luxurious escapade with a serene cruise along the backwaters of Alibaug or a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa retreat in the tranquil hills of Matheran. Maharashtra promises an enchanting blend of luxury, culture, and natural beauty that will leave you longing for more.

Andaman & Nicobar Island

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, nestled in the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal, beckon travellers with their pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant marine life, making it one of India's most luxurious destinations. Begin your journey in Port Blair, the capital city, to explore historic landmarks like the Cellular Jail National Memorial and the Chatham Saw Mill, one of Asia's oldest and largest saw mills. You can witness mesmerising light and sound shows at Cellular Jail National Memorial.

Port Blair, Andaman Island

Escape to the secluded beaches of Havelock Island, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and powdery white sands. Indulge in luxury beachfront resorts offering unparalleled views of the Andaman Sea, and spend your day snorkelling amidst colourful coral reefs, diving with majestic manta rays, or simply lounging under the shade of swaying palm trees. 

Havelock Island, Andaman Island

If you are seeking thrill water sports and adventures, then you can take a ferry through the jetty in Port Blair to Ross Island. The island is inhabited by herds of deer that roam freely, the highlight of the island is a lighthouse with a beautiful view. You can also opt for paragliding and jet ski here.

Ross Island, Andaman Island

For the ultimate luxury experience, embark on a private yacht charter to explore the remote islands of Neil, Baratang, and Long Island, where you can discover hidden lagoons, secluded coves, and pristine beaches untouched by crowds. Unwind with a sunset cruise along the tranquil waters of the Andaman Sea, sipping on cocktails and savouring fresh seafood delicacies prepared by onboard chefs. If you are a sucker for breathtaking sunsets and sunrise, then Chidiyatapu is the place for you to be at. Not only will the profusion of colours in the sky during sunsets here leave you overwhelmed but the entire journey upward leading to Chidiyatapu is wrapped in thick and dense forest that will surely enamour you.

Chidiya Tapu Beach, Andaman Island

Lakshadweep Island

Nestled in the Arabian Sea, the Lakshadweep Islands offer a luxurious escape for travellers seeking pristine beaches, azure waters, and unparalleled tranquillity. With its untouched natural beauty and serene ambience, this tropical paradise is a haven for those looking to unwind in luxury.

Also visit: https://nestasia.in/collections/organizers

Lakshadweep Island

Start your journey in the capital city of Kavaratti, where you can explore the vibrant culture and heritage of the islands. Visit the Ujra Mosque, known for its exquisite architecture and intricate wood carvings, and wander through the narrow lanes of the old town, lined with traditional houses and colourful markets.

Ujra Mosque, Kavaratti

Indulge in the ultimate beachfront luxury at one of the exclusive resorts scattered across the islands, offering private villas and bungalows with stunning ocean views. Spend your days lounging on pristine white-sand beaches, swimming in crystal-clear lagoons, or snorkelling amidst vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Snorkeling

For the adventurous at heart, embark on a luxury yacht charter to explore the remote atolls and uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep. Discover secluded beaches, hidden lagoons, and pristine dive sites, where you can swim alongside turtles, manta rays, and colourful reef fish.

Goa

When in Goa, do as the Goans do; leave your watch at home. If you love good food, and scenic beaches, and are a party animal, then Goa is your perfect holiday destination. Known for its endless beaches, stellar nightlife, eclectic seafood, and world-heritage-listed architecture, Goa is a jubilant ‘state’ of mind. 

Pisco By The Beach, Anjuna Beach

Explore the immaculate Anjuna Beach, renowned for its serene vistas and swaying palms. From family outings to adrenaline-filled adventures, Anjuna Beach is famed for its golden coastline, nightclubs, beach shacks, watersports, full-moon parties, and flea markets. Hop on an exotic cruise from Miramar Beach in Panjim. Dwell in pristine waters and marvel at the breathtaking view of the sunset. 

Anjuna Beach

Give your adrenaline that much-needed rush by indulging in water sports like kneeboarding, kite surfing, snorkelling, parasailing, kayaking and diving. These adventurous water sports can be enjoyed on any of the beaches in Goa in the north or south. 

Kayaking, Palolem Beach

Explore the quaint streets of Old Goa, where colonial-era churches stand as silent sentinels to a bygone era, their weathered facades whispering tales of Portuguese rule and religious fervour. Indulge in the vibrant nightlife of Baga and Calangute, where beach shacks come alive with the sounds of music and laughter, and revellers dance the night away under the stars.

Baga Beach

Chennai

In Chennai, every street corner tells a story, and every flavour leaves a lasting impression. From the iconic Marina Beach, where the waves whisper tales of bygone eras, to the majestic Kapaleeshwarar Temple, where spirituality and architectural marvels converge, Chennai offers a sensory feast for the discerning traveller. 

Marina Beach

Indulge your palate with the city's culinary delights, from piping hot dosas served with tangy chutneys to sumptuous seafood platters bursting with the flavours of the ocean. Unwind in the lap of luxury at opulent beachside resorts or lose yourself in the vibrant hues of the local markets, where handcrafted treasures and aromatic spices await. Whether you're strolling along the historic streets of Mylapore or savouring a cup of frothy filter coffee at a quaint cafe, Chennai promises an experience that is as enriching as it is unforgettable.

Karnataka

A land known for its silks, spices and sandalwood, Karnataka adds up to an experience to remember for a lifetime. It is a land of sheer diversity. From the historic streets of Mysore, adorned with majestic palaces and vibrant markets, to the cosmopolitan charm of Bangalore, Karnataka delights visitors with its eclectic mix of tradition and modernity.

Mysore Palace

Perched amidst the verdant hills of the Western Ghats, Coorg beckons with its lush coffee plantations and luxurious resorts, where guests can unwind amidst serene natural beauty and indulge in personalised spa treatments. 

For those seeking a retreat by the sea, the palm-fringed beaches of Gokarna and Karwar offer idyllic escapes, complete with luxury beach resorts and pristine shorelines. Adventure enthusiasts can satisfy their wanderlust with thrilling treks in the rugged landscapes of the Western Ghats or embark on wildlife safaris in the verdant jungles of Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.

Gujarat

Steeped in rich heritage and culture, the ‘Land Of Legends’, Gujarat is endowed with immense natural beauty. From the opulent palaces of erstwhile royalty to the tranquil shores of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat offers a symphony of indulgence and exploration. The city of Ahmedabad, with its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and bustling bazaars, provides a glimpse into the state's glorious past and vibrant present.

Kutch, Gujarat

For those seeking a sanctuary of serenity, the Rann of Kutch emerges as an oasis of luxury, where lavish tented camps offer unparalleled comfort amidst the stark beauty of the salt flats. Whether cruising along the serene waters of the Sabarmati River or exploring the architectural marvels of historic cities like Vadodara and Junagadh, Gujarat invites travellers to immerse themselves in luxury and discover the essence of indulgence amidst a tapestry of timeless beauty.

Conclusion

Here's to the endless adventures, the unforgettable moments, and the luxurious indulgences that make travelling in India an experience like no other. India is replete with luxuriously exotic places that are must-visit destinations. Whether you seek the tranquillity of nature or the grandeur of history, India's luxurious destinations promise an unforgettable escape filled with opulence and refinement.

Also visit: https://nestasia.in/collections/beauty-accessories

share with: