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luxuriate in the barren beauty of ladakh

A land of varying landscapes, from white deserts to blue skies, ice-capped mountains to lush valleys, Ladakh, like a dream captured in a snow globe is wildly beautiful milieu set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical, Buddhist ex-kingdom.  

Incent India brings you an opportunity to bask in the comforts of the The Ultimate Travelling Camp at Chamba Thiksey and experience an adventure fit for the Maharajas of yore, be it with the luxurious furnishings or the attention to detail by your personal valet. Savour the culinary offerings, which would put many a royal kitchen to shame. The camp encapsulates the essence of modern luxury, reminiscent of the days of the Raj, and lets you surround yourself with dramatic landscapes, rustic and unexplored rural surroundings and a front-row view to the most magnificent panoramas. 

The evenings are about culture, talks on ecology, ancient origins and progress in the area. Come explore the unexplored in alluring and fascinating Ladakh.

a buyout for bon vivants

Situated in rustic and rural Southwest France between Bordeaux and Toulouse, Le Moulin de Madame is a charming 4* boutique hotel. The XVIIIth century mill, with its breathtaking views over the River Lot, houses a panoramic restaurant as well as a spa. The hotel has 33 rooms and suites, which all benefit from a private terrace or garden facing the river. It is a quintessentially French retreat in a superb surrounding.

It’s also the perfect little spot for a meeting that requires privacy and few distractions apart from the stunning scenery of the waterside event spaces and the abundant gastronomic delights of the region. Privatising the hotel leaves you only the limits of your own imagination for the various themes, decor and uses of the facilities - from cabarets and casino nights to dinners celebrating the local food producers and winemakers of the area.

byzantine feasts on ancient sites

Antalya is well known for its turquoise coast and emerald green golf courses, but it also has a gem of an event venue to discover - the ruins of the ancient city of Perge. Once one of the most important cities of the Roman and then Byzantine eras, the theatre here once held 12,000 guests for grand events during its golden age.

ODS Turkey can transform what may now appear to be a dusty, old archaeological site into an elaborate and sophisticated gala dinner venue, beautifully lit and transformed for a modern feast. Guests are led through the colossal Roman gate which opens up to the old colonnaded streets of the city for a spectacular night under the stars made complete with the finest of Turkish cuisine, entertainment and full production. And that’s only the start. You’ll find more inspiration in Turkey here

all aboard the golden chariot

There is no better way to explore the hidden mysteries of South India’s heritage sites, witness the glory of its wildlife and luxuriate upon its golden beaches than taking a ride on India’s latest Maharaja train, the Golden Chariot.

Named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site in Southern India, the Golden Chariot takes you on an unforgettable experience, a journey inspired by royalty and elegance, glories of the past and the rise and fall of empires. Equipped with world class accommodation, spa treatments and dining options, the Golden Chariot showcases the crumbled ruins of the once mighty Vijayanagara Empire and perhaps India’s most modern royal city of Mysore before ending it’s journey in Goa, India’s party capital. Watch the breathtaking scenery unfold before your eyes as you bask in luxury fit for kings and queens. So what are you waiting for? Your chariot awaits to take you on a golden journey. See how Incent India can customise and privatise the experience for your next event here.

Oh the memories! Three years ago, fresh off the plane and this was my first Incent India experience arriving at Taj Falaknuma Palace in style followed by a shower of rose petals as I climbed the stairs up to the Palace. 

a street food blowout in mauritius

Mauritius is a mosaic of cultures. Indian, Creole, French and Chinese are all authentic cultures and cuisines of the island, and there is no better way to get to know the culture of a destination than through its food. Just a short transfer from Constance Belle Mare Plage or Constance Le Prince Maurice brings you to the resort’s private hunting lodge hidden through a corridor of banyan trees and set in a lush, natural landscape. Guests are invited to a street food extravaganza with street traders hawking local fare - seafood dim sum, palm heart salad, chicken curry with dholl puri and spit-roasted venison. 

Combine this with the rousing beats of sega music, strolling musicians, a DJ and dance floor plus an open bar with the local ‘sugar cane juice’ and you will soon catch the infectious party spirit of the hospitable locals. Finish it all off with a colourful display of fireworks to really imprint the evening in everyone’s memories.

use a basalt cliff as a projection screen

A trip to the Victoria Falls is pretty impressive when placed in the expert hands of Green Route Africa. Canoe down the Zambezi River, stopping for a private picnic on the riverbank, or brave a bit of white water rafting down the rapids. Be thrilled by a helicopter flight over one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Sip a G&T as you watch swirling clouds of mist off the Falls before boarding a luxury train for a gourmet dinner. You can even combine it all with elephants, lions, buffalo and hippos in Chobe, Botswana. 

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And here’s where that cliff comes in. On the last night, guests will be transported to a secret, outdoor location where an ‘Out of Africa’ style dinner will be set up under the stars on the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls. Your company logo can be projected by laser on to the imposing great wall of the Victoria Falls in a thrilling montage producing an outstanding and memorable marriage of technology, venue and branding. Bravo! 

billboards in times square

What could be more captivating than launching your product or service on the greatest advertising show on earth in Times Square, New York? The pinnacle of The Knickerbocker experience will be the expansive 696 square-metre rooftop bar and terrace comfortably perched high above Times Square and overlooking the colossal billboards and digital video screens. Unveil your new product as you watch from The Knickerbocker’s outdoor VIP sky pods and 500,000 onlookers pass by below. 

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Your VIP guests can flow through the indoor-outdoor space, enjoy the delicious culinary offerings by Charlie Palmer, a dedicated outdoor cigar lounge, and a unique cocktail menu. The Knickerbocker can accommodate a launch for a small intimate party of 10 or an extravaganza up to 250 with state-of-the-art audio-visual production and entertainment. Products can be showcased throughout the space and if your product is too big, why not use the Times Square pedestrian plaza! 

Take a fast (yes, fast) road trip to the Taj Mahal (beep! beep!)

Until recently, visitors had the option of driving the 210 km stretch from Delhi to Agra on the national highway which takes around 5 hours in heavy traffic, or to take an early morning fast train to cover this distance in a little over 2 hours. It’s worth it for the view of the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal of course, but can be challenging with the time constraints event planners now face.

Now, accessing Agra by road is far easier with the opening of the newly constructed 164 km Yamuna Expressway. Built at a cost of over US $2 billion by the Jaypee Group who also constructed the Buddh International Race Circuit for the Formula 1 races in India, the project was conceived with the idea to not only reduce the travel time between New Delhi and Agra but also to open up avenues for industrial and urban development of the region and provide the base for convergence to tourism and other allied industries.

This new expressway offers a pleasurable driving experience for those driving from Delhi to Agra on their tour programmes. It will be open only to commercial vehicles, tourist vehicles and private cars. It will be out of bounds for two wheelers, cyclists, pedestrians, and all other modes of Indian transport (including the sacred cows!). 

The facts:

  • Total stretch of 165 km from Greater Noida in the suburbs of Delhi to Agra
  • Total of 6 lanes plus a service lane on each side
  • Exits at important towns like Palwal and Mathura 
  • 5 toll plazas at an average distance of 30 to 35 km each with restaurant and toilet facilities 
  • Permissible speed: 100 km for cars and 80 km for trucks, buses and goods carriers
  • Travel time: approximately 3 hours

Bon voyage!

Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh, India

Ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of the Republic of India. It lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called “Little Tibet” as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture. The architecture of Ladakh contains Tibetan and Indian influences and monastic architecture reflects a deeply Buddhist approach. Many houses and monasteries are built on elevated, sunny sites facing south, and in the past were made of rocks, earth and wood but are now more often concrete frames filled in with stones or adobes.

Click on the link above to see some breathtaking images of the monasteries in the region. Stunning!