Hyatt Regency Chandigarh: Grandeur in Punjab, India
Travellers familiar with the level of luxury found at Hyatt’s Park and Grand brands may be surprised to find a Hyatt Regency which also offers exceptional accommodation, services, and culinary experiences. The recently opened Hyatt Regency Chandigarh is just such a property where both business and leisure travellers can feel at home in plush surroundings while enjoying the friendly and helpful attention of the well-trained staff, not to mention savouring the flavours of delicious food served in the hotel’s various F&B outlets.
Conveniently located near Chandigarh’s central railway station, reached via Shatabdi Express fast-train service from both Amritsar and Delhi, Chandigarh makes an ideal stopover between these two cities for the leisure traveller looking to experience a different side of India. Upon its opening in 2016, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh instantly established itself as the leading hotel in a city that is simultaneously the capital of both Punjab and Haryana states.
The entire hotel is as sparkling as the smiles of the employees working there. Rooms and suites, stylish and spacious, are designed for the needs of the modern traveller. Expansive suites such as Premier suites are larger than many one-bedroom apartments. A state of the art fitness centre is complemented by a spa, where expert therapists administer a variety of treatments including some based on a philosophy shared by Tibetan and other cultures of the Himalaya region. Best of all are Hyatt Regency Chandigarh‘s food outlets where delicious meals are available at one or the other virtually around the clock. A highlight to any visit to India is enjoying the exceptionally flavourful regional cuisines of this vast country. Northern India has its own specialties such as Amritsari aloo kulcha, one of the many types of breads prepared at the hotel’s Urban Café. Breadlovers will be in heaven trying fluffy naan, fried puri, robust paratha, sourdough uttapam, and spicy missi roti―to name only a few types made to order.
Having things made to order with personalised service is an important component of Indian culture. Across a landscaped esplanade in the same complex is the Elante shopping mall, where boutiques selling famous brands of clothing are complemented by nearly as many high-end tailor shops where clothes are made to measure. Have clothes custom made has become a luxury in Western culture, but in India it is quite normal to have apparel made to order with fabric chosen by the client.
In a city with admittedly few museums or sights, shopping is one of the prime attractions, especially for the domestic Indian tourism market. As Mr Puneet Baijal, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh‘s debonair general manager, explains, “There is is no major city within 300 km, so residents of northern India come to Chandigarh to do their shopping, especially for major purchases” such as automobiles and appliances, the latter of which are most readily available in Sector 22. Rather than neighbourhoods with traditional names, Chandigarh is divided into sectors. The Cultural Complex is located in Sector 10, while the Capitol Complex is located in Sector 1. Sector 17 is another destination for shoppers; it is home to a large shopping centre for other consumer products such as books and household goods.