In this fascinating country, home to one of the world’s most ancient cultures and various spiritual practices, visitors are always guaranteed a once in a lifetime experience, whether it’s their first time in the country or their fifteenth. When thinking about the sprawling South Asian country, often visions of elaborate saris, crammed cities, enticing cuisine and raucous rickshaws come to mind, but with a nation so large, India offers myriad settings to explore – from the striking Himalayan mountains of Kashmir, to the crowded capital of New Delhi, to the tropical southern beaches.
While travellers often traverse the massive nation by train or regional flights, there’s another mode of transportation that offers guests to India a more relaxed way of exploring what the country has to offer – by boat. In fact, luxury river cruises in India or a Kerala backwater cruise is often a highlight of discerning travellers’ Indian itineraries.
Naturally, when visiting India, one will likely be drawn to its culture-rich hubs of Kolkata, Mumbai, Varanasi or Jaipur. What these tantalising destinations don’t often offer, however, is the opportunity to fully unwind. To relax and seek some of that unhurried self-care and spirituality India is famous for – it is the birthplace of yoga and Buddhism after all – head south to the languid backwaters and beaches of Kerala.
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