The Most Beautiful Natural Places To Holiday in India

BY Jonathan, writer and journalist

While the chaotic cities of Delhi and Mumbai are bursting with culture and excitement, one of the great things about a luxury holiday in India is that you can easily escape the craziness and enjoy a wide range of stunning landscapes and natural beauty.

The sheer vastness of this extraordinary country means that wherever your interests lie, and wherever you go on your luxury India tour,  you’ll find something to suit your taste. Read on for the Yonder lowdown on the most beautiful natural places to visit on any India wildlife holiday or indeed any family holidays in India. 

Golden Triangle and Tigers on a Rajasthan tour

Rajasthan in northern India is the country’s largest state by area and is characterised by its golden, sandy landscapes, hilltop forts and a rich population of tigers. A classic Golden Triangle tour India is a well trodden track but you should dig deeper to discover the natural beauty of this princely state. 

The great Thar Desert, as arid and inhospitable as it is, is easily accessible for a short stay from the ancient fort city of Jaisalmer. From here, you can enjoy the glowing, golden beauty of the dunes on a camel safari or sunset dune buggy ride.

Spending a night beneath the desert sky is also highly recommended, and an overnight stay in one of Yonder’s handpicked luxury desert camps will be an experience you’ll never forget.

On the eastern fringes of the Thar Desert lies Ranthambore National Park. If a wildlife holiday in India interests you, then this is a place you need to see. 

Ranthambore is a beautiful national park and is world-renowned when it comes to its population of Bengal tigers, as well as hosting a variety of other wildlife, from sloth bears to one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Kerala holidays and the Western Ghats

Kerala’s beauty is well-documented, and as you travel through the state on your luxury India holiday, you’ll notice its beauty is multidimensional. Holidays in Kerala, or indeed just backwater holidays as they are often referred to, are the main reason why people flow to Kerala’s  

Starting on its tropical Malabar coastline, you’ll find gorgeous beaches and, lying parallel, the calm and quiet of its peaceful backwaters – a lazy network of lakes and lagoons sprinkled with coconut trees and paddy fields, birds and butterflies, traditional houseboats and laid back luxury resorts.

Head inland and you’ll reach the most lush, green hills you could ever imagine – a huge contrast to the deserts of northern India, but just as mesmerising.

The Western Ghats mountain range covers 50,000 square miles and is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, with thousands upon thousands of species of fauna and flora.

In the southern part of the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park is a wildlife sanctuary that’s home to many endemic and endangered species including the tigers and elephants that frolic in its tropical forests.

West Bengal and Assam

Although the landscapes of West Bengal and Assam are shaped by man, they have been done so in a way that’s in tune with the natural landscape and certainly deserve an honourable mention.

If you want to experience the sheer beauty of the outdoors on your luxury holiday in India, then you’ll enjoy a visit to any one of the beautiful tea plantations in the north eastern states of West Bengal and Assam.

From the green slopes of Darjeeling, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, to Jorhat, one of the most remote places in India, you’ll find countless opportunities for hiking, visiting tea factories and simply enjoying your surroundings with a hot cup of India’s finest.

Beach holiday in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Jetting away from India’s mainland, the heavenly paradise of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing finish to your luxury holiday in India. Think reading on the beach, snorkelling among coral reefs and fresh seafood straight from the fisherman’s net. In fact, to our minds, Andaman holidays are utterly divine.

The natural beauty of these paradise islands is plain to see. White sands, clear seas and skies and tropical rainforests. It’s pretty simple really, and why would you want it to be anything else? In simplicity lies beauty.

Here you’ll feel like you’ve been shipwrecked in a far-flung place. In fact, the majority of the Andaman and Nicobar islands are off-limits to travellers as they’re home to indigenous tribes, which only adds to the adventure.

But don’t worry, the islands that are open are equipped with a choice of beautiful resorts that marry the simplicity of island nature with the sophistication and opulence you’ll have come to expect on your luxury holiday in India with Yonder as your guide.


Yonder is a an India specialist tour operator. Whether clients require a private tour of the Golden Triangle, holiday in Kerala and or a wildlife holiday in India Yonder has unrivaled on the ground knowledge thought its highly experienced escapologists.

Other luxury India holiday include tailor-made tours to Rajasthan and tiger safari in Ranthambore National park.   All Yonder itineraries are custom-made and always include private drivers and expert guides.

As India specialists, Yonder provides ideas and inspiration on its  Destinations pages and also through its Inspirations and Collections pages.

All Yonder itineraries are crafted on a tailor-made, one-off basis, so you can be sure that your holiday will be as individual as you are.