Living the life of Lodhi may be a little like living the Life of Pi if you allow the wonder of India to move you. The Lodhi opened on some seven acres of green parkland and nature in central New Delhi in February, directly across from the Delhi Golf Course. The grand expanse was formerly the home of Aman New Delhi and now, as the Lodhi, it serves as a station of inner peace overlooking gardens and memorial sanctuaries that date back to the Lodhi era (1451 to 1526).
Today, guests can relax and immerse in the beauty of this hotel with its 40 rooms and suites, each with a private plunge pool and spacious balcony. In true Mughal tradition, certain comforts cannot be compromised and those include palatial surroundings with an unyielding appetite for aesthetics.
At the Lodhi, there is the outer world and the inner world. The outer world puts guests right in the center of colorful New Delhi. It’s an easy and enjoyable walk to Connaught Place as well as upscale and traditional shopping promenades and dining spots, and 40 minutes by car from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Nearby are the Lodhi Gardens and magical monuments of a once grand medieval empire.
The inner peace of the Lodhi rises from this jewel of greenery as nine stories of granite and marble, a structure of contemporary flair that easily blends with the fantastical surroundings. Wander inside of to find light and airy spaces, stunning reflection pools, and comfortable places to just be. The Library is one of those spots with its stone latticework wall designs and shelves of oversized art and history books.
The Spa is another, offering seclusion, tranquility and a generous menu of international treatments. Private rooms provide the steam, the shower and bathtub, and day beds. However, the separate male and female hammams with plunge pools of varying temperatures bring all the sublime healing and relaxation one could wish for.
Active and adventurous guests can attain bragging rights bliss with the complimentary yoga classes that are offered each morning – but those classes can be arranged to take place in the Lodhi Gardens in the shadow of dramatic ruins and the Sayyid Tombs. It can all lead to a sensational picnic breakfast in the gardens afterward immersed in the rich history of a royal era.
Whether in New Delhi for business or pleasure, guests of the Lodhi can keep fit with use of the Lodhi’s Olympic-sized heated (in winter) pool; as well as its three tennis courts; two squash courts, and two super-equipped technogyms.
At the end of the day, retiring means back to accommodations that run 1,350 square feet to 2,400 square feet and include ambient sitting places and all the modern comforts.
Dining options at the Lodhi wander from Northern India gourmet, to Thai, to Mediterranean and western selections in several comely venues throughout the hotel. And, of course, in-room repasts are available at any hour.But not to forget, although sequestered on an island of greenery and luxury, New Delhi awaits with so many places of intense beauty and wonder to explore very close by. Let Lodhi attend to the arrangements.
• The property is close to Nizamuddin Village, a very historic and interesting area with Humayan’s Tomb as the central focus.
• There are traditional neighborhoods with lively shopping precincts such as Khan Market, Meher Chand Market, Sunder Nagar, Connaught Place, Old Delhi, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid to discover.
• Qutub Minar and the Mehrauli archeological areas should be visited even during a brief stay in Delhi.
• Shopping in New Delhi cannot be rivaled: Indian designers, local crafts, elaborate carpets and textiles, shawls, intricate jewelry, 24 kt gold ornaments, décor items and artifacts are to be had and often for a surprisingly low negotiated price.
• Visitors can dine in the home of a local family and even tour the local food markets with a resident “foodie.”
• Day tours to Agra can be easily arranged for an up close moment at the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri, whether through hotel vehicles or by train.
• And tours to majestical Rajasthan await, another must-do for those with a few days to spare.
Come for the color, come for the festivals – India has some 29 major festivals so it is hard to miss a celebration. Come for the elephants and the chance to tame a tiger within. Stay at the Lodhi where inner peace is finally attained.
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