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

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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

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