India has become a favorite travel spot for people across the globe throughout the year primarily because of its climate which is conducive for all-year travel. During different seasons certain parts of the country are best to explore, so there is an opportunity to enjoy at any time of the year. With abundant natural beauty, fabulous architectural structure, and places of spirituality to explore, India is in high demand on the travelers’ lists.
Cultural tourism is a form of tourism that takes tourists to those places where they can enjoy a region’s art, architecture, festivals, and local food and also interact with local people in their everyday lifestyle. This type of authentic experience makes the travel meaningful, insightful, and also educational. Given the fact that India has a very rich past wherein many rules have governed the nation, each leaving their mark, cultural tours in India are indeed very enriching to experience and offer a chance to see some of the most exotic locations in the country.
Through the Incredible India program, the Indian Tourism Ministry is promoting cultural tourism in the country. As part of this concept, tourists will be exposed to music, architecture, local food, dance, festivities and traditional customs. The Indian states through which tourists can enjoy this type of tourism include
∙ Rajasthan – camel festival, Marwar festival, palaces, forts, d Pushkar festival
∙ Tamil Nadu – Dravidian tradition and culture.
∙ Uttar Pradesh – famous monuments like the Taj Mahal
∙ Uttaranchal. – Ancient temples of the Kumaon and Garhwal region
In adventure tourism, the tourist visits those places where he can enjoy physical activities usually in the natural wilderness or as part of an adventure program. There is also cultural exchange through which local food and the daily life of the local population can be experienced.
It is a form of tourism in which the travelers get to visit some of the most unusual and exotic places in a particular region such as remote places or wilderness. The activities undertaken are extremely physical in nature and involve high levels of risk, and excitement, and test an individual’s ability to manage to the very core through various challenges. Here is a look at some of the many adventure activities available that can be taken as part of adventure tourism:
∙ Mountain Biking (Sikkim)
∙ Rock Climbing (Satpura Mountains)
∙ Kayaking (Devprayag)
∙ Surfing (Kovalam)
∙ Wildlife Safari (Gir National Park)
∙ River Rafting (Tons Valley)
∙ Roopkund Trek (Uttarakhand)
∙ Kayaking (Aguada)
∙ Cycling (Munnar)
∙ Microlight Flying (Bangalore)
∙ Camel Safari (Jaisalmer)
∙ Camping (Coorg)
∙ Caving (Meghalaya)
∙ Parasailing (Vagamon)
∙ Flyboarding (Goa)
Each of these activities takes a tourist to some of the most exotic places in the world, making way for incomparable experiences.
In earlier times, luxury travel meant going on expensive helicopter rides, getting meals served on a silver platter, and vacationing in a remote beach villa. Not anymore because the travelers of today consider it to be travel experiences that bring an authentic connection with local people, heritage, cuisine, and places. Why has such a change come about? The primary reason is that travelers have become more conscious about the impact they have on the destinations they visit and they also have a desire to experience something new by mixing with local communities.
Luxury tourism caters to individuals with 30 to 40 years, who have a huge amount of money at their disposal and so can travel five to six times a year to exotic destinations on packages that give them some of the most exciting adventures. Their places of stay are hotels that are in close proximity to wildlife sanctuaries, protected zones and remote areas, other wellness resorts, or perhaps small luxury boats.
Key qualities for this type of tourism include quality food and beverages, personalized service, comfortable room, professional interaction with staff, exclusive journey experiences, and sound transport. Essentially luxury travelers would like to indulge in immersive activities wherein they travel to locations slowly, indulge in activities undertaken by local communities, join them in the kitchen for cooking and meals, have healthy organic food, and experience various local traditions. Here is a look at some of the many places to visit as part of spiritual tourism:
1. Take a journey on the Maharaja Express, which is the world’s most luxurious train
2. Enjoy a luxury cruise in Kerala’s meandering backwaters
3. Experience a heritage cruise on the Brahmaputra River
4. Intake yoga, natural healing, spa, aqua, or Tibetan healing at the Jiva Spa of Taj Lake Palace or Ananda Spa Resort in the Himalayas else Sereno Spa, Park Hyatt
5. Indulge yourself in the Leela Goa, where you can relish Goa’s Portuguese heritage as well as South India temple tradition. Eat from a wide range of restaurants experience its 12-hole golf course, and enjoy its private beach and house spa
Wellness and Medical Tourism
It is a form of tourism that takes a traveler to do activities that enhance physical and psychological well-being. In India, this form of tourism will take travelers to places where they can get treatment through Yoga, Ayurveda, and Siddha medicine. These types of treatment have a holistic approach to maintaining health, wherein they bring about proper balance between mind, body, and spirit, thus establishing harmony in physical well-being.
Important spots for Wellness and Medical Tourism are:
∙ Vana, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
∙ Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center, Mysore, Karnataka
∙ Ayurvedagram Heritage Wellness Center, Bengaluru, Karnataka
∙ Nimba Nature Cure, Mehsana, Gujarat
∙ Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center, Ashtamudi, Kerala
About Air India
Travel to the destination of your choice in India from your location through Air India, which is India’s flag carrier. The Government of India has sold it to Talace Private Limited, which belongs to Tata Sons. The airline’s primary hub is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and its secondary hub is the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport in Mumbai. With a fleet size of 127 carriers, it operates to 102 destinations across the globe.