|Taj’s Mahua Kothi is in the heart of Bandhavgarh National Park, which is teeming with jungle life.|
Luxury travel advisors highlight India’s best of the best for first-timers, and some hidden gems for repeat travelers.
The sheer size of India alone, not to mention its hundreds of distinct languages, dialects and customs, can be daunting. Luxury Travel Advisor reached out to India specialists who helped put the great country in perspective and offered advice on how to prioritize a trip for your India-bound clients.
“You can’t get overwhelmed with India, and you can’t do it in one trip,” says Ellison Poe of Poe Travel in Little Rock, AR. “I see India as many trips, but if you are going to do one, you are going to want to do Rajasthan.” It is the largest state in India and lies to the northwest, bordering Pakistan. “The itinerary would be Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur,” Poe adds.
|DEVI GARH’S ARAVALI SUITE BEDROOM. The five Aravali Suites have separate sitting and dining rooms.|
When sending her exclusive list of clients to India, Poe unequivocally recommends Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. “My favorites are the Oberoi ‘vilas’ properties,” she says. These include The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra and The Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambhore. Poe is also a fan of Amanresorts, which now has a property in Delhi.
Poe also tells us of a property that she believes sticks out above the rest—one, she says, that offers a true royal Indian experience: Devi Garh, which sits on the Aravali hills of Udaipur. This 18th-century palace-turned-boutique resort is a blend of Old-World India and modern-day luxury. We hear that the 39 suites radiate regal Indian luxury, from the local marbles and semi-precious stones used in the design to the private swimming pool and Jacuzzi that completes the Devi Garh Suite (which will “wow” your clients accustomed to being treated like royalty).
Dining in India is a symphony for the senses and Devi Garh makes sure its restaurant and bar play it right. Nice Touch: The Bar serves an exotic roster of drinks mixed with sexier ingredients like pomegranate juice or jasmine syrup. We also love the bar’s taster menu.
Want bespoke dining? The resort can arrange for intimate and exclusive dining experiences under the stars. Luxury travel advisors can contact Mary-Anne Denison-Pender (mary@mahou tuk.com; 011-44-1295-758-150) at the resort’s UK office with questions.
“The whole hotel has this Zen feel,” says Poe. “It is magnificent.”