Celebrated as an official national festival in India, Diwali is better known to westerners as The Festival of lights. This festival literally illuminates the country in its celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
This five day festival starts on October 15th with each day having a different meaning. The main festivities however, take place on the third day – October 17th. On this day people light up diyas and candles and seek divine blessings of the Goddess of Wealth. Fireworks are also a part of the Diwali celebrations lighting up the sky with shimmering colours. People from every age and background are sure to find immense enjoyment in this celebration of light and colour.
A visit to India is a wonderful experience in and of itself, and with the entire country in celebration it will be easy to stay at one of India’s luxury hotels.
Taj Lake Palace:
Set in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur this 250-year-old white marble palace is possibly one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Its unconventional location is wonderfully secluded making it a perfect luxury escape.
At the Taj Lake Palace all guest are treated like royalty with flawless old world service. All rooms and suites are impeccably decorated with a princely-inspired décor, each with their own special touches. Opulent silks, richly colored murals, and ornately carved wood furniture are just a few of the design details that envelope the guests in royal mystique.
Feel free to lavish in relaxation at their Royal Spa featuring an array of treatments and beauty enhancements as well as traditional and ancient Indian healing practices. And like the location a wide array of unique activities can be arranges such as private puppet shows or your own personal fireworks display can be arranged, perfect to celebrate Diwali.
This private island palace is the perfect place to fall in love and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Recently voted “India’s Leading Hotel 2008” at the World Travel Awards, get ready to set forth on a magical journey with Trident Gurgaon. This exquisite hotel is set amongst seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. Located in the business district of Gurgaon, this is the perfect starting point to visit some of the city’s notable landmarks. Sites such as the Bahai Temple, Humayun’s Tomb or the Qutab Minar are all within a short distance.
All rooms and suites at the Trident Gurgaon feature exceptional design with views of either their reflection pool or look out onto the gardens.
Dining at the Trident Gurgaon is sure to satisfy any pallet. With multiple restaurants and bars to choose from such as exotic North Indian cuisine, world class Mediterranean or the fine tastes of Japan.
Located close to the walled Pink City, spectacular forts, and all the unique shopping bazaars of Jaipur this palace resort is spread over 47 acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens. For nearly two centuries the Rambagh Palace has been home to generation of royals and it wasn’t until 1972 Taj Hotels took over the reins. Once known as the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’ it now offers its guests a taste of royal living.
Every room and suite is refined and restored offering a distinct experience in princely living. Every corner is rich with history and has a story to tell. Views from Rambagh Palace feature the Mughal Gardens and Chandani Chowk.
Rambagh Palace is also the perfect escape from the festivities of Diwali offering age-old ayurvedic therapies, yoga classes from internationally reputed yoga teachers, relaxation and pampering of your body, mind and soul at their Jiva Grande Spa.
The Imperial New Delhi:
Often referred to as one of Asia’s finest hotels and as New Delhi’s landmark hotel, The Imperial New Delhi is a legend unto itself. Recently named one of the World’s Best Places to Stay on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2009, this hotel is rich in Indian history and exudes contemporary colonial style.
The 231 rooms and 43 suites are all impeccably decorated and finished with all the modern convenience. Each space over looks their verdant gardens which incase the hotel and are perfect for a leisurely stroll.
If you are a lover of art, The Imperial New Delhi proudly displays a priceless collection of ‘British art on India’. Some of the prominent artists include William Hodges, Charles D’oyly, Thomas and William Daniells and many others.
The Imperial also houses many award winning restaurants with a wide culinary pallet to suite any individual’s taste be it Southeast Asian, multi-cuisine and Indian to French and Italian.
For visitors looking to get back to nature and experience the outdoors Aman-i-Khás is the perfect choice. Aman-i-Khás (combining aman, meaning “peace”, in Sanskrit, and khás, meaning “special” in Urdu and Hindi) is located on the edge of Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park. This exclusive encampment of just ten unique canopied tents is nestled in a pristine wilderness setting compete with every modern necessity.
This location is perfect for wildlife spotting and borders one of the finest tiger reserves in the world. Twice daily excursions can be arranged and with guides offering a range of routes though the National park complete with snacks and drinks. Camel safaris in the outskirts of the park and though traditional villages are also available.
At the camp, Indian cuisine and a range of Western dishes are served. With an unexpected hint of wilderness in every meal the freshest ingredients are used with most of the vegetable and herbs coming from the camp’s organic garden.
Because Aman-i-Khás ensures only the best for their guests the camp is set up for only seven months of the year operating from October to April – the most optimal period for wildlife spotting.