The standard counsel for weary souls is “go for a swim”, “take a dip in the sea” or “be in the company of water”. Lakes, rivers, lagoons and the ocean are known to have an immediate calming effect on city worn minds, so if you’re still planning your holiday calendar for the coming months, here are some fabulous ideas that will land you right in the middle of luxury, be it in riverside retreats, backwater houseboats or cruises and even more.
Wending down the Brahmaputra and the Ganges
India’s unique landscapes and cultural diversity offer a wide variety of experiences for the eyes and the soul. Leave the well-feted highways, air routes and rail networks to give thousands of kilometers of rivers and inland waterways of the country a chance. It could be a languid network of canals or wide flowing rivers, flanked by buzzing cities, intensely green wildlife sanctuaries and historical monuments.
See the heart of rural India with the pioneer of river cruises since 2003 – Assam Bengal Navigation. It offers different ways to embark on an India exploration on a luxury cruise. The expeditions have a stamp of authenticity and complete immersion for a traveller who wants to know more of life around Indian subcontinent’s greatest rivers – Brahmaputra and the Ganges. The boutique cruise ships are extremely comfortable, contemporary in amenities, studded with unique objects d’art and handicrafts that have been carefully collected and curated over the years. Sample authentic cuisine procured fresh from the countryside.
When thinking of luxury stays on an island, the first name that comes to mind is the Taj Lake Palace, addressed in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur or the resorts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Steer your gaze towards the west coast of the country to Island House in Divar Island, a fabulous address to unwind in Goa. Divar Island is wedged in the Mandovi River, away from the staple Goa experiences. The Indo-Portuguese styled house is ideal for those who want to hit pause on a packed holiday and can do without the ‘beer-n-beach combo’. Instead, you have an over hundred years old house to marvel at, a swimming pool, birds to listen to and fishing close by. The hosts ensure that the meals are homely, local and still excite the palate. Reading corners, spots overlooking greens and a meditation spot means that this is the place to synthesize the mind, body and soul.
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