Lifestyle: 7 Luxurious experiences in India

India as we know it, is a land full of cultural richness, ancient wisdom and teachings that have penetrated today’s pop culture and celebrations that breathe life into your world.

Luxury Gold offers travellers the opportunity to experience the wonderland of the exotic and enigmatic with journeys that take guests beyond the ordinary. All journeys include exclusive VIP experiences, exceptional dining, sustainable travel opportunities, small group travel and even more personalized service from a travelling concierge.

From the ultimate luxury of self-actualisation to stays in some of the most incredible hotels, here’s how you can experience India in true luxury and expect the journey of a lifetime.

Relax and restore at The Leela Palace in Udaipur

Named Udaipur’s only modern palace hotel, The Leela Palace is an exquisite stop on Luxury Gold’s 13-day Imperial Rajasthan journey. The 5-star accommodation is set amidst 12 acres of beautiful gardens, surrounded by the magnificent Aravalli mountains. Considered a fine example of royal Rajput architecture and grandeur, guests will take in the enduring allure of Jaipur’s glorious past and live like a modern maharaja in the Palace as they get a taste of royal therapy.

Explore local wildlife and take an unexpected Jeep Safari in Jaipur

Give back to a local community via sustainable travel in Rajasthan

Reports show that the definition of luxury travel is being reshaped by changing consumer behaviour. It’s now becoming a way of being as guests are looking for self-actualisation, which is the new ultimate luxury. Transformative and sustainable travel with the opportunity to give back is in high demand and travellers can look no further than the Imperial Rajasthan with ME to WE extension 16-day journey. The ME to WE Culturally Immersive Experience extension begins with guests journeying to the Aravalli Mountains. Over three days, guests will interact with locals to learn about daily life in rural India, contribute to a sustainability project in a local village and have the option to participate in a sunrise nature walk or yoga sessions.

Indulge the senses at the Fairmont Jaipur

The 5-star luxury Fairmont Jaipur has a wide range of experiences to offer from hot air balloon rides to hiking through the famous Aravalli hills, any experience is attainable at the opulent hotel. The jewel of the Fairmont is said to be the spa, with 12 treatment rooms designed to create a beautiful sanctuary. Guests can indulge in a range of therapeutic and rejuvenating massages including traditional Indian and international treatments. Everything at the Fairmont Jaipur from the rooms and food to the excursions and wellness offerings will truly amaze guests on the Essence of India with Ranthambore 8-day journey.

Drift through tropical backwaters on a deluxe houseboat in Kerala

Exploring the narrow canals of Vaikom village has never been easier in deluxe houseboats. Many areas have been left untouched by modernity and travellers will drift around in comfort plus experience life as a local in the village as they try their skills at weaving pineapple leaves or coconut husks. In Alleppey, guests cruise the glorious backwaters and spend the night on a traditional houseboat whilst on the 16-day Spirit of North and South India journey.

Enjoy royal treatment at an elegant High Tea tasting in Jaipur

On Luxury Gold’s Imperial Rajasthan 16-day journey, travellers will journey to the Amber Fort to relish in the exquisiteness of its royal halls, before returning to Jaipur to see the Hawa Mahal, visit the royal observatory and Sukh Niwas, Jaipur’s City Palace. At the City Palace, travellers will indulge in an elegant High Tea fit for royalty as a VIP experience available exclusively to Luxury Gold guests.

Experience exceptional dining at Baradari Restaurant in Rajasthan

A sought-after restaurant that offers contemporary Rajasthani cuisine alongside continental dishes inspired by the region, Baradari is a creative union of old world with new. The restaurant has only been open for three years but has already amassed a reputation for traditional and authentic cuisine that delights the palate. Travellers experience the exceptional cuisine on the Essence of India with Ranthambore 8-day journey.