Top Sights In India
Want to travel in style in India? Lightfoot Travel, a luxury tour operator with offices in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, shows the way
India was one of the first destinations offered by Lightfoot Travel when the bespoke travel company started in 2009 and it remains popular with those seeking new and exciting experiences.
“India is the perfect destination for those looking to experience its fascinating and diverse cultures and to venture off the South-east Asian tourist track,” said Lightfoot Travel’s co-founder and director Nico Heath.
The state of Rajasthan, famed for its palaces, forts and colourful festivals, is especially popular, and Heath recommends the region for first-time visitors to India.
To allay fears about safety and hygiene, Lightfoot works closely with specialists with an intimate knowledge of India. “We work only with the best hotels, drivers and guides, ensuring that the experience is seamless from start to finish,” said Heath.
As demand for luxury travel in India grows, more heritage hotels have sprung up in the last few years. These, he noted, cater to those who seek utmost comfort as they experience authentic Indian culture.”
One challenge in designing a
bespoke itinerary in the vast country is in managing the travelling time between each stop, which can range from three to six hours. As most people prefer to visit three to four cities on a trip, this means they can spend a fair amount of time in a car.
One way around this is to schedule stops at interesting sights along the way. Heath added: “Alternatively, we recommend internal flights or train rides where possible, although one benefit of driving is that you get to see stunning landscapes and visit sights along the way that you otherwise would not.”
For those with deep pockets but no time, Lightfoot would fly them by helicopter between the cities. Here, Heath recommends some must-visit sights in India.
Spot Tigers In Bandhavgarh National Park
Home to the highest density of tigers in India, Bandhavgarh National Park is a must for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the endangered species in its natural habitat. The park is also home to other beasts of the jungle, such as the elusive white tiger and the largest breeding population of leopards.
Cruise On A Houseboat On The Backwaters Of Kerala
Dubbed “God’s own country”, Kerala boasts breathtaking natural beauty and rich biodiversity. The idyllic state is the perfect place to switch off. Discover age-old traditions at the spice plantations before cruising along the famed backwaters on your private houseboat.
Visit The Hornbill Festival In Nagaland
The spectacular 10-day Hornbill Festival, which takes place every December, is a colourful parade that showcases the heritage of Nagaland’s 16 tribes. Catch dance and music performances, shop for crafts, visit traditional tribal food fairs and watch games such as chilli eating contests. To round off the experience, check into Kohima Camp, which is glamping at its best complete with butler service.
Tour Tea Plantations In Darjeeling
Set up under the British as a cool summer retreat, the quintessentially colonial hill station of Darjeeling boasts one of India’s prettiest and most picturesque backdrops. Besides exploring the emerald tea plantations, schedule a ride on the ornate railroad cars and visits to the local museums and temples.
Lightfoot Travel’s co-founder and director Nico Heath