18 Jul The Future of Travel Through India Is Here
Luxury Travel in India
Did you ever notice that we still might not get the image of India as a luxury destination right, but a much sought-after destination is surely larger-than-life in many ways. One might not even imagine that in such chaos, luxury travel is even possible!
At Touch Down India “we believe that it is the growing interest in the finer things in life, more adventurous spirit, ever-growing social awareness, and more deeply understanding the cultural fibres – and these are the motivations that lead to this shift from ownership to experience.” Luxury travel, per say, has seen an immense shift from just opulence, comfort and Michelin-star restaurants to people, places and experiences.
This is India
Mark Twain once said, ”This is India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition — the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once even by a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”
So, if we were to take luxury travel, undoubtedly, India is the most colorful experiences of your lifetime and each and every corner of this country tickles your bones. Being the second largest in the world, it is one of the most enticing destinations in the world. From the soaring Himalayas, the rhythmic jungles, the lively beaches to the sleepy backwaters of Kerala; India extends so much farther. It could in-fact, take a lifetime to experience all what is on offer.
If we were to describe India and its experience, the most apt adjectives would be diverse, glam, splendid, romantic, energetic and colorful. And, if you are on a luxury holiday in India, you are about to witness the most remarkable history and culture, taste the most delectable cuisines that are not just native to India, the inherent kindness and infectious happiness that surrounds the country.
Explore, Observe, Engange
Touch Down India’s hand-crafted luxury experiences in India promises offbeat luxury that is never-before-seen type of experience. For example, the luxury of setting up a campsite at an altitude of 11,800 feet in Ladakh, as you sit and relax by the glory of the mountainous morning. Your personal butler takes care of your morning tea while you gaze at the soaring high peaks. Your activities for the day reflect on your idea of travelling in India. While for some, it could be a polo match with the locals or for some, it could be rafting down the Zanskar River; or high tea with the royal family of Ladakh. Your lunches & dinners include the finest wines, and meals prepared by best of the local acclaimed chefs.
All in all, what you get is the access to far-flung places along with the resources of a luxury traveler.
The idea is to curate a more immersive itinerary that could more reflect on India’s cultural and geographical diversity – Explore, Observe, Engage. So, if you are looking to tap India’s ancient traditions and seeking a renewal of your physical and mental well-being, a luxury holiday in India should suffice.
Why Choose India?
Year-Round Luxury Destination
Here, the size does matter. India is vast and the very size of the country makes way for extremely varied weather patterns that you have destinations year-round. We can advise the best region for whichever month you choose to travel to India.
Landscapes & Scenery
India has 29 states, that stretch from the snowy summits of the Himalayas to the tropical backwaters of Kerala & Kanyakumari. India constitutes the luxury of landscapes & sceneries that it encompasses. Rajasthan, a discreet land of fairy-tale palaces, candlelit dinners under the stars of the Thar Desert and private boat tours on the serene Lake Pichola; the temple scattered sites of Tamil Nadu; the best wildlife and birdlife viewing opportunities in Asia – this is the beauty of India.
For an active luxury holiday, take a trip to the jungles in the subcontinent. While the Royal Bengal Tiger is the most iconic resident, Rajasthan’s hills are rich with leopards in Jawai and tigers in Ranthambore.
You will be spoilt for choice by the variety of accommodation available – from boutique hotels, to glamping sites in the Himalayas, heritage properties like palaces and castles turned into hotels or the house boats in Kerala, we have something for everyone’s mood and tastes. As Miriam Beard beautifully writes, “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the idea of living.”
With the world’s second largest population, comes the diversity in culture that India is best known for its diverse culture. Take a culture trip with us to the most high-spirited and coruscating festivals celebrated throughout the country and and let your heart speak to you: Konark Dance Festival in Orissa, Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, Goa Carnival, Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala, Tarnetar Mela in Gujarat, Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan to name a few.
In the end, with Touch Down India, you are collecting memories, not trips!
Ekansh loves meeting new people, and with the same idea, he decided to take groups of people to explore the unexplored and know the unknown. With more than 4 years of experience in the experiential group travelling sector in the northern parts of India, he has till now successfully converted more than 2000 tourists to travellers in 50+ excursions! From designing the ultimate trip experiences to tapping the feet with the locals in HP is what he has been doing for quite some time now in the Indian budget market.
Having travelled about 16 countries in the past 4 years alone, his desire to work in the travel sector grew more and Touch Down India is his latest musing through which he aims at curating luxury itineraries for travellers coming to India reflective of his experiential travel journeys and create a reality that is backed by a common code – authentic experiences.