Travel Beyond’s India Insights

We asked Travel Beyond owners Craig Beal and Kay Beal, product manager Dianna Upton and travel consultants Bob Gaston and Kayla Torgerson for their insights about India travel.

If I could give one piece of advice about traveling to India, I would say:
Dianna: India is sensory overload – in the best possible way! Take time to absorb it all at a slow pace so you don’t become overwhelmed. Spread your stays amongst several types of accommodation for the best experience (between palace hotels, opulent resorts, jungle lodges and boutique homestays).
Kay: You haven’t experienced some of the world’s finest service and luxury until you’ve stayed in a few of India’s best hotels. Don’t forget to plan in some ‘down time’ so you can truly enjoy the accommodations and amenities of your home-away-from-home!
Craig: Get recommendations about where to eat but try to always eat Indian food only. The spices are local and their flavors honestly explode in your mouth in a way that is far different from the same spices here at home.
Bob: Be prepared for your senses to be on “overload” when exploring cities in India. After a day of touring, it is wonderful to get back to the comfort of a Palace hotel.
Kayla: Be ready for the unexpected. Everything about India is surprising. The food, the people, the hotels, the smells, the traffic, the cows in the road, and the list goes on. Prepare to be unprepared and to experience things you weren’t ready for. Pack your sense of adventure and you’ll have a truly incredible trip.

One “can’t miss” experience in India is:
Dianna: Take a 4×4 jeep safari in the jungles of Bandhavgarh National Park, which has one of the highest densities of Bengal tigers, and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings.
Craig: Add an extra day to spend on property at The Oberoi Amarvilas. Have breakfast in your room with your wife staring at the Taj Mahal.
Bob: Sunset cocktails on the ghats along the Ganges River in Varanasi.
Kayla: I love Rajasthan, whether you choose to visit Jaipur, Udaipur, or Jaisalmer, be sure to include a stop in this amazing state on your itinerary. Rajasthan is iconic India at its finest.

My favorite thing about India is:
Dianna: India is a non-stop living museum of sights, sounds, color, flavor, etc. You never have to go searching for the culture, it is all around you – a photographer’s dream!
Craig: Seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and feeling your experiences at all times, then returning to a nice property at night to let your senses recover for the next day’s exploration.
Kayla: India is an onslaught to the senses, but it’s an absolutely magical place. Its amazing hotels, opulent temples, powerful religious practices and bright colors will leave you dazzled.

If you are interested in travel to India, please let us know! One of our travel consultants would love to share their expertise with you!