Slick new holiday hotspots in India

From Chandigahr’s first luxury resort to a contemporary hotel housed in an 18th-century citadel in Jaipur

One of the opulent suites at Oberoi Sukhvilas in Chandigarh
One of the opulent suites at Oberoi Sukhvilas in Chandigarh

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.

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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.

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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.

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