Chandigarh is India’s post‑independence architectural jewel, created at the behest of the democratic republic’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who conscripted Le Corbusier to erect a model of 20th-century urban planning where the plains of the Punjab meet the Siswan Forest Range – a region known today for its gardens and pristine nature as much as for the dynamic lines of its famous metropolis.
New and noteworthy here is Oberoi Sukhvilas (www.oberoihotels.com; from about £262), Chandigarh’s first luxury resort, which reprises many of the winning features of Oberoi’s Rajvilas outside Jaipur (not least the opulent tented accommodations and surfeits of privacy and space), along with a vast full-service spa, which debuts this spring.
Talking of Jaipur, the much anticipated and much delayed opening of Alila Fort Bishangarh (www.alilahotels.com; from about £265) is just a few weeks away. The slickly contemporary interiors should complement the monumental 18th-century lines of the military fort that houses it and overlooks the village of Bishangarh, about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Jaipur airport. But it’s the drill-down cultural experiences for which this company is known that are likely to make it a standout.