Written by Lynne Embling
May 11, 2017
An India incentive? I had heard a lot about India – why you should go and why you should not go. Reports of chaos, noise and poverty mixed with reports of beauty, color, culture and friendliness and guess what, they are all right!
India is a country to behold. Once you accept that all drivers have eyes in the backs of their heads, the vehicle in front of you might be a rickshaw, the vehicle on your left is a tuk-tuk, the vehicle on your right is a huge truck with an overflowing load, and there’s a cow coming towards you in your lane – but they all miss each other … you just have to sit back and let it all happen!
Yes, there’s poverty, but there’s an acceptance and a way of life that should be experienced, shared and enjoyed.
An incentive program to India is going to be different and needs to be expertly managed. It’s a large country, so from my recent business development trip, here’s a 5 night/6 day outline program that would work well and give your delegates a trip to remember.
Day 1: Consider flying into Jaipur, India rather than Delhi to avoid a long road transfer. Check in to your 5* hotel on the outskirts of Jaipur. Perhaps a late afternoon trip into the city to get your first taste of the sights and sounds of India by tuk-tuks (we can even organise a race!). Your day will end with a welcome Bollywood theme dinner at Samode.
Day 2: Morning at leisure, then visit the famous Amer Fort followed by a visit to Khas Bagh, a privately owned Haveli (heritage property) where you can perhaps enjoy a horse safari followed by dinner in the Polo lounge or rooftop terrace.
Day 3: Pack an overnight bag and leave for Ranthambhore where you will arrive in time for lunch followed by an evening Safari into the forest to spot the elusive Bengal Tiger. End your day with a jungle themed dinner.
Day 4 – An early morning start as you board the train to Agra – the city of Love. You will disembark at Bharatpur and then drive to Agra for lunch on a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the Taj Mahal. After lunch experience the beauty of the Taj Mahal first hand before returning by train to Jaipur.
Day 5: A day of relaxation will be followed by your final gala dinner at Dera Amer where entertainment, camel cart rides and interaction with elephants can all be arranged.
Day 6: Say farewell to India and the Golden Triangle and transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.
The attached video provides a flavor of the country, our travels and experiences. Take a peek!
Contact Us if you would like to learn more. Your program will be structured to ensure your visit to India will be as memorable as ours.
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