When it comes to luxury tours to India, the major drivers of growth are heritage, culture, beaches, deluxe trains, Yoga and Ayurveda. But there are several other untouched aspects that are on the verge of becoming centre of attraction for luxury holidays in India. Cruising through the vast expanse of backwaters, lakes and high seas is an experience par excellence that comes coupled with various modern luxuries and comforts. A cruise liner will let you glimpse the astounding geography of India by anchoring at several destinations that fall in between the starting and culminating point of the journey.
While planning for cruise holidays, travelers often overlook the potential of India in this context over its counterparts like Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives and Thailand. Goa cruises are the highlight among the high-end tourists but there are innumerable alternatives available in this category. Mentioned below are some of the cruise holiday options available in India which offers relaxing retreat in the lap of nature.
Exotic Houseboat Holidays in Kashmir
A pristine natural jewel in the crown of India, Kashmir truly mounts up to the accolades like ‘Paradise on Earth’ and ‘Alps of East’. The richness of natural treasure troves and serenity of Dal Lake makes it a hot-shot tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists. If your souls are not adventurous enough to partake in sports like mountain biking, trekking and ice skiing then get ready to soak in the serenity and splendor of nature and breathe in the immaculate atmosphere with Exotic Houseboat Holiday package. These houseboats are floating homes suffused with the sedative effect of Dal Lake and equipped with modern comforts. Besides houseboat stay, the 4 nights and 5 nights cruise package offers shikara ride, sightseeing excursion of Srinagar and horse riding in Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Vrinda Luxury Backwater Cruise
One of the must do things while in Kerala is backwater cruise on board Kettuvalams aka Kerala houseboats. Cruising experience in Kerala does not require you to sail on sea or river but it is a journey that takes you through a wide network of canals, lakes, lagoons and estuaries. Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda is a luxury backwater cruise that elevates the elation of meandering through the immense canopy of Alleppey backwaters formed with charming canals and lagoons. The 3 nights and 4 days journey brings to fore several ancient and colonial structures and cultural dance performance by local artists besides facilitating tryst with local populace. Adding to the charm of Vrinda luxury backwater cruise is the tastefully appointed cabins, gourmet selection of south Indian and international culinary delights and panoramic windows offering breathtaking views of this natural heaven.
Sunderbans Luxury Cruise
An exotic destination suffused with natural beauty and wilderness, Sunderbans is the largest mangrove belt in the world situated on the confluence of three rivers-Padma, Meghna and Brahmaputra. Apart from being designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sunderbans is globally renowned for being one of the most honored biosphere reserves in India. The 3 nights and 4 days Sunderbans Luxury Cruise is an exciting mish-mash of diverse experiences such as visit to fisherman’s cove and ancient temple, forest walks, village excursions and ride in small creek boats among others.
Heritage River Ganga Cruise
River Ganga is the point of commencement for host of luxury river cruises. The Heritage River Ganga Cruise is one such name in that vast repertoire. Beginning from Kolkata, this 4 nights and 5 days cruise is a historical journey that will bring you face to face with several medieval temples, bathing Ghats, forts and palaces. A visit to local bazaars of Murshidabad and historic battlefield of Palassey will familiarize you with the local art and craft and the effective beginning of East India Company rule.
Luxury Cruise Holidays in India offers an unequaled opportunity to explore the incredible topography of India in a luxurious manner. The above mentioned options are just speck in the vast repertoire Indian cruise journeys. More than providing luxury living, these journeys will give you sneak peek into a nation whose diversity, culture and heritage are seldom rivaled.
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Last Updated: 16 April,2014