Described by Mark Twain as a country both overflowing with incredible contrasts:
"the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods…”
and a country that promises unparalleled joy once visited:
“all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.”
Certainly, India's sheer vastness and diversity makes her impossible to capture and package up in a neat definition, and therein lies India's beauty – the endless discoveries, learning and infinite adventures that lie waiting within her.
The question of therefore, “where to go” depends entirely on the nature of adventure and discovery one imagines.
Our favourite springboards of discovery reflect our thirst for combining history and beautiful architecture, along with immersion into spectacular landscapes and nature.
Six Senses Barwara
Built over 700 years ago and belonging to the Barwara royal family, this opulent fort in the village of Chauth ka Barwara is situated just three hours from Jaipur with the dramatic backdrop of the Aravalli mountain range.
The romantic combination of beautifully restored intricate doorways, latticework and domed ceilings, with some areas completely untouched, including peeling murals and crumbling turrets, ignites the imagination with its gracious and regal ambiance of a bygone era.
Within a 30 minute drive to the Ranthambore National Park, home to the regional tiger, this is a must-stay for history and nature lovers alike.
Suján Sher Bagh
The epicentre of Tiger adventures, the Suján Sher Bagh is located in the heart of Ranthambhore national park, a one-billion year old forest and arguably one of world's finest jungles to observe tigers in the wild.
Designed as a luxurious and elegant safari camp with 12 beautiful white cotton canvas tent suites filled with rosewood and teak furniture, brass bathtubs and impeccable service, it propels one into adventure offering a plethora of ruined palaces and follies, campfires under starlit skies and of course, guaranteed introductions to the true star, the Indian tiger.