Delhi: Gurgaon’s Stopover Sleeps

Courtesy Trident, Gurgaon

The Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, an hour south of the city center, has recently glitzed up with restaurants, shops, and hotels. But its real importance to the traveler is that it’s thisclose to the city’s international airport, a perfect spot to overnight for those just passing through on their way to, say, Rajasthan, Agra, or the Himalayas. The Trident, Gurgaon ($400–$3,000; 91-12/4245-0505; tridenthotels.com) is our favorite. With architecture that puts a contemporary twist on Moghul majesty, it has all the requisite amenities: a sleek Japanese restaurant, Konomi; wireless Internet in the 136 rooms and suites; yoga; and a superb, superb spa. Thirty minutes beyond downtown Gurgaon, at Tikli Bottom ($190–$300; 91-12/4276-6556; tiklibottom.com), British owners Martin and Annie Howard preside over a four–guest room, Lutyens-style bungalow. The organic farm on premises supplies the little dining room, open to visitors as well as hotel guests, and the Golden Greens golf course is quite nearby.