India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. According to a report on Indian tourism by ixigo, a leading travel and hotel comparison platform in the country, 8.9 million foreign tourists visited the country in 2016, representing a substantial increase of 11% compared to the year before. The majority of these international tourists came from the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, and the United States.
Many of these tourists fly into India’s more than a dozen airports every single year with one goal on their mind: to see India’s many sights and to appreciate Indian culture. India is home to some incredibly tall statues and figures unlike anything else you’ll see outside of south-east Asia while the religious and spiritual history of the country are also fascinating to those who come from countries where those religions and beliefs are not as prevalent.
But, increasingly, those who visit the country from overseas are asking more of the country. They want to experience the finer things that India has to offer, not just eating dishes with wonderful spices from street vendors or visiting the usual tourist attractions. They want luxury entertainment and accommodation.
Luxury often goes hand in hand with size and that’s true of the offshore experiences of the Deltin Royale. Describing itself as the “largest and grandest” casino in all of India, this gaming ship provides celebrity performances, Bollywood-inspired musical numbers, internationally-renowned dance groups, comedy and casino games. Because of the popularity of online casino game providers such as Betway, travellers are already used to many of the slots available at Indian casinos. Luxury casinos in the country (Deltin Royale included) offer progressive slots, which can also be found at online casinos. Some progressive online slots include Mega Moolah, Thunderstruck 2, and Jurassic Park. So, if you’ve enjoyed these online, you’ll likely be able to adapt to the games in real-life Indian casinos too.
India isn’t as well-known for its wine as, say, Napa Valley in California, USA, or the entirety of the country of France, but your holiday would be a good opportunity to learn more. India has more than a dozen vineyards which offer tour experiences hoping to find out more about India’s history with wine. One of the largest wine producing states includes that of Nashik, which is a state in Western India. Nashik is home to vineyards such as the Sula Vineyard which offers an “inside peek” at the winemaking process including an exclusive look at how it makes its beverages and a personalised wine-tasting session, for that extra, luxurious touch.
One of the most famous cities in all of India is that of Jaipur. Known as the “Pink City,” the capital of the state of Rajasthan hails back to the royal family of India and has earned that name because of the pinkish colour of its extravagant buildings. The average tourist may visit these locations, heading to the likes of 16th-century hilltop fort and palace, Amer Fort and the Hawa Mahal, known as the Palace of the Winds. But, for the really luxurious version, you’ll want to view these hotspots from the sky. Companies like Sky Waltz offer hot air balloon tours that take you up, way up above the sights of Jaipur so that you can see them from the sky and see just how vast and incredible these places really are. You don’t get to see the true size of these pink buildings when you’re up close but a hot air balloon tour will show you the real breathtaking size and scope.
When you think of hotels in India, you probably exclusively look at places on land. Maybe you don’t fancy getting your feet wet by staying on a boat, or you don’t feel like going on a cruise. Well, the Lake Palace of the Udaipur is a luxurious midway point between the two. The five-star hotel is located right in the middle of Lake Pichola and provides stunning views of the blue waters that surround it. In addition to amazing sights and huge potential to take great Instagram photos, the hotel provides spa and yoga facilities for you to relax in luxurious style.
It is massively important for India to provide a variety of experiences for travellers and tourists to explore because of how much the country relies upon tourism for its economy. In 2017, India made $27 billion in tourism revenue and the sector is also responsible for an estimated 12% of all employment in the country. Of the 487 million-strong Indian workforce, that means the earnings of more than 40 million people rely upon tourism and so catering to all kinds of tourists and their wants and needs is paramount.
India’s Union minister for tourism, KJ Alphons, also says that India would like to increase the number of foreign tourists and the revenues that they earn from them. “I think our sector is doing very well. But am I happy with the numbers? I want these numbers to increase dramatically because India is an incredible place and we have everything for everybody. So, we are trying to bring in a lot more people,” said the minister.
Tourism is key to India’s current success and its future growth. It can only make that happen by appealing to everyone, including luxury lovers.