Ms. Laura Itzkowitz opens her piece titled “This Is India Like You’ve Never Seen It Before” by saying that Chandigarh “is Mecca for architects.” “Modeled on European city plans with wide boulevards, orderly traffic patterns, and plenty of green space, Chandigarh is one of India’s most livable cities and a pilgrimage site for architects and urban planners, although it hasn’t really come onto the tourist radar, until now. Recently, multiple things happened to put it on the map: Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the five-star Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa recently opened with a series of villas and luxury tents beside the Siswan Forest, and the midcentury house where Jeanneret lived for 10 years was inaugurated as a museum.”
Highlighting The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Siswan Forest Range, New Chandigarh, Ms. Itzkowitz says that “a complex of 60 luxurious rooms, tents, and villas (some with private pools), the Oberoi Sukhvilas is a tranquil enclave poised on the edge of the Siswan Forest Range, about a half-hour from the city center. With inlaid wood and wicker furniture, the design harkens back to the colonial era but features high-tech touches like iPads that control the room temperature, lights, and door.”
As for the culinary offerings and spa at the resort, she emphasises that “The Anant Mahal restaurant serves traditional Punjabi cuisine. Pro tip: Arrange a cooking lesson with the chefs to learn the ins and outs of regional specialties like Kerala coconut vegetable stew, then take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the forest. The soon-to-open spa will feature Western and Ayurvedic treatments.”
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