Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Luxury Vacation in India: Fantasy, Fables and Folklores

Luxury Vacations in India introduce you to India that was referred to as the ‘Golden Bird’ by the ancient travelers visiting the land. Gold and diamonds extraordinaire, lavish palaces, and overall magnificence have been associated with India since times immemorial. `Living like a Maharaja` is a common phrase to describe ultimate luxury while a ‘Media Mogul’ or a ‘Movie Mogul’ is often used for those who achieve heights of their arenas. These phrases find their origin in the glorious past of the country, which offers history, mystery, and mystique all at once. India vacation enchants you with the glory and magic of India and adds just a dash of fantasy to offer you a holistic vacation experience.

Divine forts and palaces of India are not merely a part of the mythological tales of India. They really exist, with all their intricate architectural details in the real world. You can see Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, in which precious stones and gems such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies were used to provide color to the inlaid motifs on its expansive white marble walls and ceiling. Several other palaces in India are as lavish and opulent as in the fables we heard. Hawa Mahal of Jaipur with its five-storeyed façade has become an icon of Rajasthan tourism. It once served as the Summer Palace for Indian queens, princesses, and other royal women. Ingenuity of local artisans to keep the palace naturally air-conditioned is worthy of admiration. You can see Amber Fort of Jaipur, Lake Palace of Udaipur, Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur, Chittorgarh Fort and more during your India trip.

It might not be possible for you to see Kohi-i-noor, largest known diamond in the world, that once graced the great ornate Peacock Throne of Shah Jahan or the 184.5-carat Jacob diamond that was used by the Nizam of Hyderabad as paper-weight on his study table but discerning travellers could surely see and even shop for India treasures that are more affordable. Benarasi Saree with gold and silver threads woven into sophisticated designs along with pure silk threads is the most treasured formal wear of every Indian woman. Trinket boxes, tabletops, and Taj miniatures in marble with inlaid motifs are considered excellent souvenirs by international tourists.

Luxurious India vacation packages offer you a stay at some of the most lavish heritage palace hotels in India that well preserve the rich legacy of traditional architecture, rare sculpture pieces, choicest paintings and unique artifacts of the region. The ambience of these hotels is carefully maintained to give you a feel of ultimate luxury to match the palatial environs. Spacious suites, plush furniture, warm hospitality, and world-class amenities and conveniences transport you to the time when kings and queens used to live in these palaces.

Luxury India tours also puts on display the highly evolved architectural skills of ancient India, so evident at sites like the Sanchi Stupa that belongs to 2nd century BC, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the controversial Khajuraho Temples, and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Time-honored hill stations dotting the Himalayas in the North and Niligiris in the south, beach resorts of Goa that are oases of luxury, and rich tapestry of cultural heritage of India that manifests itself in the form of fairs and festivals of India are other highlights of luxury tours of India.

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