With the aging of Indian Tourism Industry, the new age travelers have become more specific about travelling. These days, tourism is not the same as it was few decades back. It’s not enough to visit regular destinations for sightseeing, new-age travelers are willing to explore new and exciting things to do. Having explored almost all the popular holiday destination, now travelers look for new and lesser known destinations. They have become choosy and more demanding, expecting better experience every time. And that is why the trend of theme based holidays has gained much attention recently. Travel & hospitality companies have already recognized demands of the travelers, thus even the most established chains of hotels and luxury properties are extending their specialization in “thematic holidays”.
Concept of Thematic Holidays
The concept of theme-based holiday is an innovative approach which is redefining the scenario of travel and tourism industry globally. Theme-based holidays are very popular internationally, but it is a new trend in India. A theme is selected as per the interest of the traveler who is further subjected to various elements / activities by the host, providing an enriching experience. The best part of theme-based holidays is that a single boutique hotel or resort is capable of hosting myriad of themes as per the trend or taste of the travelers.
I am a huge fan of theme-based holidays which allows me to choose the activities which I love to do. I love photography, meeting the local people, going for adventure activities and nature walks. I choose a particular theme and then I hunt for the right destinations where I can do those set of activities which sets my adrenaline-level high.
Different types of thematic holidays popular in India
In theme holidays, there is something for everyone. We can choose from a myriad of options that are available. Some of the most trending themes are:
- Wildlife Holidays
- Adventure Holidays
- Food Trail
- Heritage & Pilgrimage Holidays
- Wellness & Rejuvenation
- Women Holidays
- Luxury & Leisure Holidays
- Snow Holidays
Among all these theme-holidays, most famous among youngsters is wildlife and adventure holidays. Consistently growing at 15 % annually, wildlife tourism is the most rapidly evolving niche tourism segments in India North India has two very famous National Parks – Jim Corbett National Park & Rajaji National Park. Both of these are famous for their rich flora and fauna but majority of travelers visiting these parks come for watching Tigers. Even there is much of the wildlife to experience around Pauri District which is quite unknown to many people.
Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat is the only place where you can see Asiatic Lion and most interestingly it is the world’s only place where lions and tigers coexist. Apart from these, India has many jungles & national parks which make India a heaven for wildlife lovers. Other famous national parks are – Nagarhole National Park & Periyar National Park in Kerala, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Badhavgarh National Park in MP, Kaziranga National Park in Assam and Sunderbans in West Bengal, etc.
There are so many places for adventure holidays in India like Trekking and Mountaineering, White Water Rafting and Kayaking, Paragliding, Water Sports, Motorcycle Touring, Camel and Yak Safaris, Hot Air Ballooning, Mountain Biking and Heli Skiing, etc. All the famous places for adventure holidays are usually crowded so if you want to experience all these at a calm & less-explored destination then “Sattal, near Nainital” is a perfect spot for you. This area which is usually famous for its lakes and jungles, is a host to many adventure activities like Paragliding, Kayaking, Trekking, Mountain Biking and River Crossing, etc. Do not forget to visit – V Resort Sattal, a luxury resort located on the top of Sattal Hills.
Experiencing different cuisines on food holidays is a great experience. You can go for Kumauni, Garhwali, Rajasthani and Himachali food trails to pamper your taste buds with delicious traditional foods. If you are interested in ‘pahari’ food you can plan a holiday with V Resorts. Located in some of the scenic destinations of Uttarakhand and Himachal, a holiday with V Resorts will offer you with an opportunity to taste some of the most amazing dishes of Kumaon, Garhwal and Himachal.
Heritage Holidays are ever popular in India with some great destinations available across the length & breadth of India. Majority of people have visited the famous heritage destinations already, but with Heritage Theme Holidays, it’s time to explore lesser known destinations.
For Example: Pauri – a heritage destination which is fairly less explored though it has great historic and pilgrimage importance in Hindu Mythology. Pauri has the only Laxman Temple in the world which is more than 1000 years old. There are 17 different types of festivals celebrated here. Also Pauri has a sacred temple of Goddess Sita – Sita Mata Temple, known to be only temple of Mata Sita. Every year in May, Sita Mata Fair is organized near this temple when a small rock comes out from the nearby land. Like Pauri, there are several other heritage destinations which are lesser known but are worth to be explored.
So there is always something to do for everyone with theme holidays but if you are not willing to do anything, there is yet another theme especially for you – JUST DO NOTHING, exclusively offered by V Resorts. Be lazy, experience great food, relax and rejuvenate and simply just do NOTHING.