India: Three of the best... incentive options for groups

As UK event planners celebrate the decision to reduce visa red tape for groups entering India, C&IT looks at three incentive options across the destination.

India: Three of the best... incentive options for groups
India: Three of the best... incentive options for groups

Last week, the Government of India extended its e-visa scheme to the UK, reducing red tape and enabling conference and incentive groups travelling from the UK to obtain visas online.

Safari in North India

Beyond India’s bustling cities are vast national parks, which are home to some of the world’s most exotic wildlife. A visit to Kanha National Park can make an unforgettable inclusion on a Delhi-based incentive itinerary, being just a few hours on the train from the Indian capital. Within the park is the Kahna National Tiger Reserve, which was created in 1974 and is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia. The park is home to leopards, tigers, monkeys and all manner of exciting wildlife that can be enjoyed on full day safaris.

Another option is the Bandhavgarh National Park. Set in central India’s Vindyhan mountain ranges, it has the highest density of tiger populations in the country. Groups will have the chance to spot the striped cats, take an elephant ride and see chinkaras and wild boars roaming free across the plains.

Travel between destinations can be organised through a number of India-based DMCs, including Go Avenues, represented by Pearl Representation in the UK, who assist with C&I programmes across the country.

Beaches in South India

Goa is located on the south west coast of India and can be reached via a short domestic flight from Mumbai. With the Arabian Sea at its helm, there are plenty of activities for groups to get stuck into.

While sunbathing opportunities are aplenty, taking the group out into the azure waters by boat is an easy way to add that all important private and exclusive element. One-day excursions take groups along the coastline and under the beating sun, with lunch and a glass of champagne served on board. Dolphins and other fascinating sea life are prominent in these waters and snorkeling equipment can be provided for those wanting to explore beneath the surface.

Touring New Delhi & Agra

An itinerary shaped around a few days in India’s capital will make for an unforgettable trip, as Delhi is a place where ancient monuments stand alongside modern high-rise buildings, with a range of luxury hotels and vibrant bars and restaurants to add.

One of the many must-see sites in the city is the Red Fort. The 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site is India’s largest mosque, spreading over 250 acres of land on the banks of the Yamuna River. The fort is in close proximity to Mahatma Gandhi memorial Raj Ghat and India Gate, which was built in remembrance of the First World War. Sightseeing tours with personal guides are on offer for groups wanting to learn about one of Delhi’s most picturesque neighborhoods.

After an easy transfer to Agra, a visit to the Taj Mahal awaits. The world-renowned landmark can be seen by horse-carriage transfer before travelling to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri, the exquisite city built in red sandstone by Akbar the Great in 1569. At the end of the day, delegates can relax over a torch-lit dinner with traditional Rajasthani cuisine in the hotel grounds.

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