India – A Land of History and Culture – India is vast – a country of incredible history, grand civilizations, and a modern fusion of these cultures culminating is a truly unique identity. There are more than 20 official languages, and the country is home to some of the most major religions in the world. India is vibrant, from its colors to its flavors. There isn’t a dot on the Indian map that doesn’t have some form of breathtaking beauty in nature or of man-made origin. This is a land worthy of making the top spot on your luxury travel bucket list. And, because the country is so vast, you should plan on at least two weeks to fully experience everything there is to see, do, and taste.
Begin in Goa. The beaches have long attracted those who want to enjoy the warm sunshine on a lush beach. The sands are beautiful, and the water crystal clear. India boasts a humid, tropical climate – perfect for soaking up the rays on nearly any day of the year. Sip coconut water out of the shell by day, and stroll the streets by evening to get a real glimpse into Goa city life.
In Kerala, in India’s southern expanse, you’ll discover a haven of history. Spend a day at Fort Kochi, where several different cultures have influenced the architecture, such as Dutch and Chinese. You can explore the fort on foot or with a bicycle. With more time, you can explore Fort Kochi Beach or spend some quiet solitude at a synagogue located nearby. The backwaters of Kerala are the perfect place to charter a houseboat for the afternoon where you can enjoy a freshly prepared meal and sip some brewed Indian tea.
Kerala is also known for its craft and food markets. Local artisans create exotic trinkets perfect for souvenirs of your stay, and fresh Indian spices mean you can recreate some of the dishes you’ve tried when you return home – impress some company with your newly discovered cooking style. You can also find fabrics designed by local tailors who will design a unique piece of clothing for you while you wait.
By no means is this an exhaustive list of all there is to see in India. But it definitely is a great place to start.