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Flights to New Delhi-Experience Asia’s best hotel, train and plane

akshardham temple new delhi

akshardham temple new delhi

India just blew away the competition at the World Travel Awards.

Indian Maharaja Train

Indian Maharaja Train

I told you India was hot. The industry here has always been strong. Fantastic properties, English mannerisms, attention to detail and service and great prices have always made this country a great place to stay. In fact the hotels are often so luxurious, the food impeccable and the service perfect that you rarely want to leave.

Last time we hopped flights to delhi,  we hotel hopped- a little five-star here and a little five-star there. The prices were so great it was like traveling to a different city without ever having to deal with all the pollution outside.

I realize that doesn’t sound very progressive on my part, but India is raw. It is pounding and tough, a city that really never lets up and never lets go. Recently a friend  shuddered after having to stay for two weeks.  But now as business booms, particularly technology and entertainment, more and more people from here are finding there’s no getting around it, but I’m here to tell you there is.

the taj group

the taj group

It’s by embracing it. In particular their incredible hotels. And last night at the award show in Bangkok, India took home the prize for the region’s top hotels, airlines, airports and more.

The awards are based on votes cast by 213,000 travel professionals, which include travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries across the globe.

India was named Asia’s Leading Destination with the Trident Gurgaon taking the prize as  Asia’s Leading Hotel.

Hilton Trident Gurgaon

Hilton Trident Gurgaon

And this place is incredible, especially if you’re on an expense account.  Set on acres of green grass, far from the turmoil of the city, it’s as though you’ve been given the keys to a little heaven out there. Spa, pool, grounds, incredible attention to detail will make you ultra-productive while on your next trip there. Everything at this hotel is measured, and purposely meant to set a composed, unruffled mood–

the corridor

the corridor

The pool:

the pool

the pool

The meeting space:

meeting space

meeting space

compared to:

the outside qorld

the outside world

What better way to hit the spa in Bangalore than aboard the The Indian Maharaja? Especially after it  took home the award for  Asia’s Leading Luxury Train.  Combining state of the art amenities with great food and perfect service, this is the way to travel through Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

luxury ride

luxury ride

Your window on the country:

your suite

your suite

And of course the Maharajah’s Pavilion at The Raj Palace voted Asia’s Leading Suite.  Built in 1727, Jaipur’s Raj Palace Hotel is all majesty and charm. The hotel’s Maharajah’s Pavilion – a four floor apartment – is spread across 16,000 sq ft and is one of the biggest suites in Asia.

the palace

the palace

The first floor has gold-leaf walls, stucco and mirror work. The furniture is in gold and silver. This suite is a private museum where the old throne and bolsters of the palace’s  royal inhabitants. A library, dining room, a private roof top terrace, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, a home theater and a private spa are spread across the other floors. The bedroom is laid with ivory and gold furniture and has two luxurious bathrooms.  This is where you go to make a huge statement.

raj palace

raj palace

And good news for all you flying Air India, she took home Air India snagged  the top prize for Asia’s Leading Economy Class. The bangalore to delhi flights are the easiest way to make it back up.

Korean Air nabbed  Asia’s Leading Airline First Class award and Singapore’s Changi Airport was awarded Asia’s Leading Airport. Doesn’t it make you want to go?

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