In the heart of Old Delhi—earlier a part of the Mughal city of Shahjahanabad—is Haveli Dharampura, restored and refurbished to offer modern amenities within a 19th century architectural marvel. Built in 1887 for both residential and commercial use, the haveli is a two-minute walk from Jama Masjid, and amidst the vibrant, eclectic markets of Chandni Chowk. After a six-year restoration, where every part of the structure was stripped down and re-done, the 60-room haveli has now been repurposed into a 13 grand ensuite room hotel, with two restaurants that serve Indian, Mughlai and street food, a library, an art gallery, and a central courtyard. Time to revisit The Red Fort and take a history refresher with planned heritage walks around the old city? Haveli Dharampura is perfect for the staycation.
Contact: Haveli Dharampura, Gali Guliyan, Delhi. 011-23263000
On the outskirts of Jaipur, and just a stone’s throw away from the 12th century Amer Fort is Khas Bagh. Managed by polo player Ransher Singh and his father, retired army Colonel N S Rathore, this delightful homestay-style farm retreat boasts sprawling lawns, a horse stable, and a carefully restored haveli with 18 luxuriously appointed rooms. The intricate heritage architecture is replete with courtyards to laze in, and arched verandahs that feature carved stone pillars and jaalis. Old black-and-white family photographs and furniture adorn the rooms, juxtaposed against the modern amenities. The experience of living with a Rajput family isn’t complete without elephants and horses. And so, the hosts can organise an elephant safari for you, or better still take you horse riding with Singh himself. If you’re there during the polo season (September to March), experience watching a game at the Ram Bagh Polo Club.
Contact: Khas Bagh, Amer, Jaipur. 9829062392
In Western India’s dynamic industrial hub Pune, is the country’s first and only Conrad Hotels & Resorts property. The Conrad Pune, opened last week, is located next to Koregaon Park, the city’s prime residential and entertainment hub. 310 rooms, which include 20 suites, offer the best of in-room technology. The ‘Intelligent Rooms’ system is perfect for partygoers longing for their bed after a heavy night. The minute you walk into the room, the air-conditioning is automatically turned on, curtains are drawn and lights are adjusted to suit the time of the day. The Conrad Pune has a multitude of dining options—three innovative restaurants, a bar, a poolside café, a delicatessen and a lobby lounge give you enough to choose from through the day.
Contact: Conrad Pune, Mangaldas Road, Pune. 020-67456745
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