If your dream vacation of throwing caution to the crisp European air, and riding a Vespa, seems far-fetched this season, we have got you covered with a holistic Indian luxury travel guide. Live your dream through thrilling experiences riddled with the sounds of the waves, sights of lush landscapes, and fragrances of local cuisines from across the country—while looking chic, thanks to a bold and stylish Vespa to match your travel vibe. These indulgent quick getaways are designed by ELLE to ensure you get the chance to easily rent a luxurious Vespa as you make new memories on your sojourns.
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Riding The New Wave
Every ceremonial Goan holiday is synonymous with beaches, bars and carefree two-wheeler rides. Get off the beaten track to uncover the susegad life minus the cliches riding the luxurious Vespa. Hit the winding roads to step back in time at the Museum of Goa (MOG) and learn more about the region’s art, history and culture. Take the lush green roads to Cansaulim to experience the world’s only Feni Cellar and sign up for exclusive Feni tasting and mixology sessions with Hansel Vaz, the founder of Cazulo Feni. For karmic revelations and sensory experiences, stop by Ashwem Beach for exclusive yoga sessions hosted by an array of beach resorts. Take the scenic hilly road, crossing rivers and estuaries to the secluded Galgibaga Beach and chase the golden hour. Explore the Netravalli Wildlife Sanctuary to reconnect with flora and fauna. Head to the culinary haven in Assagao—try regional specialities at Jamun, dig into a five-course fine-dining fusion fare and crafted cocktails at Suz- ie’s, and relish stellar Japanese delicacies at the iconic Izumi.
The pink city of Jaipur is a melting pot of history and traditions wafting in the air and luxurious sights and experiences. Let the uber-cool Vespa be your perfect companion to explore the royal city and its invigorating essence. Ride to the Amrapali Museum and explore the exhaustive collection of fine jewellery pieces and artefacts, documenting the history of silver craftsmanship in India. If you want to build a trousseau or shop for statement pieces, head to the 18th-century legacy jewellery atelier, Gem Palace, to be enthralled by emeralds, other rare gems and exquisite jadau pieces. Book a hot air balloon safari from the Amber Fort and fly over the palaces, forts and lakes, soaking in the magnificent views amidst the Aravalli Hills. For a unique experience, head to the bustling Johri Bazaar and step away into the world of luxurious spirits and vintage cocktails at The Johri at Lal Haveli, the 19th-century home restored into a boutique hotel and bar. To dine like the royals, head to a conceptual restaurant nestled within the courtyard of the palatial residence, City Palace of Jaipur’s royal family. Pre-book an exclusive dining experience with a curated menu served on a flower-adorned dining table with candle lights paying an ode to the dreamy decor of family-owned antique pieces, Mughal motifs and intricate mirror-works on the wall.
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Close To Nature And Culture
Thriving amidst architectural marvels, traditional craft forms, and modern amenities is Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha. The city promises to intrigue you with unique offerings should you plan a weekend getaway on Vespa, a ride that matches your holiday vibe. Check in at Taj Vivanta for a luxurious head-start with exclusive dining experiences highlighting the perfect melange of local and international flavours and invigorating rituals at the in-house sublime sanctuary, Jiva Spa. Ride to the outskirts for a dose of wilderness to Chandaka Dampada Wildlife Sanctuary, the state’s only elephant reserve. Visit the crafts museum Kala Bhoomi to delve deep into the state’s rich cultural heritage through diverse artefacts and traditional textiles. With an early start to the day, ride to the coastal town of Puri for the ultimate tranquil escape. Book your stay at the Mayfair Waves Hotel at Niladri Beach to make the most of the breathtaking sea view and cross-cultural culinary journey. Get exclusive lifeguards from the property for a morning swim in the sea. Ride your Vespa to visit the Konark Temple, a Unesco World Heritage Site built in the 13th century and famed for intricate design.
The quaint city of Puducherry is straight out of a postcard from the French Riviera with well-maintained promenade, French colonial buildings, graffiti walls, sprawling bougainvillaea-cov- ered lanes, streets with French names, and cafes serving fresh baguettes and milli-feuille. This idyllic city sets the perfect backdrop for your carefree adventures on a Vespa. Ride to the scenic French quarters and explore the colonial settlements offering a sight to behold, especially the grey and yellow-paint- ed houses. Head to the pristine beaches, including Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach and Auro Beach, for breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. Take the winding roads covered with lush canopies on both sides to reach Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, and rent a boat to explore the backwaters and revel in the enchanting sight of mangrove trees rooted under a few feet of water. Find your zen at the Auroville Ashram, and don’t forget to dig into delectable French patisseries at Baker Street and Café des Arts.
So, where are you planning your next holiday?
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