A design lover’s guide to Indian cities
When on a business trip, most people choose to overlook the aspect of exploring the city outside the boardroom. Weaving in a couple of cultural sites and delicious meals can be an easy trick, but it does require a bit of extra planning. To add a touch of authentic local experiences to your business trips, we’ve put together a design-focused itinerary for three of the most intriguing cities in India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Lucknow.
This city in Gujarat brings travellers a chance to experience the beautiful traditions, luxury craftsmanship and cultural aesthetics that encapsulate the quintessential Ahmedabad. A city full of old and new, Ahmedabad has a mix of temples, mosques, museums, and lakes to offer. If you want to be in the middle of the action, stay at the Renaissance Ahmedabad hotel which is located near all the iconic landmarks of the city. A chic lifestyle hotel, the amenities include all the luxuries you could possibly imagine. From spas to a sparkling infinity rooftop pool, it’s the perfect destination for business and leisure. One of the most famous wonders of Ahmedabad is the Jama Masjid, built in 1423 by Ahmad Shah. Situated in the heart of the city, the mosque takes inspiration from Indo-Saracenic architecture. Ahmedabad also offers a glimpse into the world of the father of our nation. The serene Sabarmati Ashram is located on the banks of Sabarmati river and was built by Mahatma Gandhi after his return from South Africa in 1915. The ashram gives visitors an insight into the life of Mahatma Gandhi, his works, successes and failures and more. Other architectural marvels include the Sultan Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 during the Martha rule, Swaminarayan Temple, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Museum, built between 1618-1622, which documents the life and achievements of the beloved national leader.
24 hours in a particular city is surely not enough to explore a city, but a visit to the most iconic structures of Bangalore will provide a taste of its marvels, nevertheless. Known as the ‘Garden City’, Bangalore boasts many parks as tourist attractions. If you’re an indulgent traveller, check into the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course hotel, located near the city’s shopping and entertainment centre. The hotel chain’s newest campaign ‘Discover This Way’ across all Renaissance hotels provides guests with the best local experiences with the help of Navigators, who are handpicked to make your stay memorable. Starting with a morning stroll through Cubbon Park will make you realise exactly what gave the city its nickname. Spread across 300 acres, the park is home to around 6,000 trees and is beautified by manicured gardens and rolling hills. Moving through the day, explorers can head to St. Mark’s Cathedral for a taste of Bangalore’s colonial style architecture. Built in 1812, an impressive dome and intricate carvings is what makes the cathedral one of Bangalore’s most popular architectural marvels. After a short lunch, travellers can visit the Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Tipu Sultan Palace for a history lesson that only Bangalore can offer.
Known as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is famed for its refinement, be it in architecture, cuisine or culture. Stay at the Renaissance Lucknow Hotel, a Marriott International Hotel, if you wish to be treated like a true nawab. Promising guests unparalleled luxury and a chance to experience something unexpected, the hotel offers easy access to places such as Janeshwar Mishra Park, the largest park in Asia featuring a man-made lake, and Aminabad market, one of the oldest local bazaars of Lucknow. One of the most prominent architectural wonders of Lucknow is the Bara Imambara. The centuries-old mosque was built without any support structures and is open to public for visiting and prayers. Another marvel to visit is the Rumi Darwaza, an imposing gateway in the city and a prime example of Awadhi architecture that can be seen across the city.
With the Renaissance Navigator, guests staying at the hotel can discover places that aren’t known to a conventional visitor. Every Navigator has been exclusively chosen to ensure that guests can experience what lies at the heart of the city. From local haunts to the best eating places, the experiences navigators provide have an element of surprise and go beyond the usual guidebooks. It’s their way of enriching your journeys with a bit of spontaneity, leaving you with unforgettable memories.