Incentive groups visiting India seek to experience a genuine connection with this special place, and planners can choose many ways to immerse attendees in the local culture.
Located in India’s deep south, Kerala made it onto the incentive map after a 2011 Site Crystal award–winning program by Colt Technology. This area is known for its lush and pristine scenery, and is often referred to as “God’s Own Country.” Here, a company can create its own exotic Hindu festival with costumes, entertainers and even elephants. An area of rivers and backwaters, Kerala is also known for its houseboats, many of which are richly appointed and serve wonderful cuisine.
Many incentive trips to India visit what is known as the “Golden Triangle,” of Delhi (the point of entry), then Agra and Jaipur, but another option for an authentic beach experience is Goa. Here, groups can spend the day on the beach diving or enjoying watersports, and the evening dining under the stars.
On the pampering side, Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing native to India, has seen a major resurgence. A popular option is an Ayurvedic massage done by specially trained therapists who customize each session based on the person’s mind-body type.
Luxury accommodations abound in these regions of India, with chains including Taj, Oberoi and Marriott.