We recently attended a media event in New York City hosted by Insight Vacations®. That particular night they were promoting their journeys to India, Bhutan and Nepal. We were joined by Insight Vacations President Phil Cappelli and Global Brand Ambassador and Bollywood actress, Lisa Ray, and an exclusive group of media for an evening of authentic Indian food and inspirational travel conversations. The results were tantalizing and we can easily see the attraction of visiting India in 2015, and it’s now on our bucketlist even more than it was before.
Insight Vacations’ 2015-2016 India, Bhutan and Nepal collection of luxury escorted journeys includes six all-inclusive Insight Gold journeys featuring an impressive array of outstanding Signature Events. Cappelli told us that 6.8 million visitors are going to India every years and a million of them are Americans. That rate is growing at 8 percent a year. India is ranked third among the fastest-growing destinations for the next decade.
Insight completely redesigned their India vacation to create a new, unique, special experience – “a vacation that completely will completely transform the way you think about the experience of travel.”
Rather than focusing on “sightseeing,” they present their tours as constructed of what it calls Signature Experiences, such as riding a cycle rickshaw through the Chandni Chowk Bazaar in Delhi and ending up at the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat, or an attendance at a Kathakali dance performance in Kochi. Insight’s India product also includes seven premium Mini Stays that have been designed to perfectly complement longer journeys, but they can also be combined for a customizable adventure or stand alone as a remarkable short trip.
2015 has been heralded Insight Vacations’ Signature Year, and the India collection is brimming with Signature Experiences, Dining, and hotels that differentiate Insight’s program from other tour operators. For example, while discovering the “Essence of India,” guests commute around Delhi like a local with a cycle rickshaw ride through the lanes of the Chandni Chowk Bazaar before visiting the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. On “Colours of Rajasthan,” guests explore a potpourri of palaces and pavilions – and Rudyard Kipling’s realm of the Bengal Tiger – as well as enjoy an evening cruise on Lake Pichola followed by an inspired Celebration Dinner. Even the Mini Stays are full of Signature surprises, such as partaking in the fervent “Putting to Bed” ceremony at the Amritsar temple on Insight’s “Spiritual Divine.” Trips range from 3-14 days and all-clusive of breakfasts, dinners and signtseeing excursions.
Insight Vacations’ 2015-2016 India, Bhutan and Nepal collection of luxury escorted journeys includes six all-inclusive Insight Gold journeys featuring an impressive array of outstanding Signature Events. Insight’s India product also includes seven premium Mini Stays that have been designed to perfectly complement longer journeys, but they can also be combined for a customizable adventure or stand alone as a remarkable short trip.
Ray was on hand to present a photo and video show of her recent trips on Insight Vacations to India and Italy. Her stories were inspiring and really painted a picture of what it’s like to travel with Insight Vacations through India. She is clearly passionate about her role as Ambassador. Capelli told us her passion is an extension of their mission: “It’s about building stories, when people come home and they talk to friends and then they tell the story, and that story grows. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
Ray also emphasized the food in India, which is obviously a very important part of Insight Vacations. As if our palettes weren’t fulfilled as enough by the wonderful cuisine served that night at Tamarind Tribeca, we were given a cook book to build on the classic Indian fare called 660 Curries. I can’t wait to make exotic curries as I dream about going to India….
Disclosure: We were a guest of Insight Vacations to learn more about their tours and hear Lisa Ray’s take on her ambassador-ship.