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Built in 1931 as the most luxurious hotel in New Delhi, The Imperial still retains its aura of colonial grandeur after an extensive renovation.
This legendary hotel was the first of the four "Maidens of the East" which included Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Set within 8 acres of gardens with a swimming pool, the hotel provides a calm oasis away from the chaos of the city. Twenty-four king palms lead up to the main porch where tall bronze lions greet you. The many delights of this hotel include an extensive collection of 2500 paintings displayed throughout the public spaces, exquisite flower arrangements and the subtle scent of mandarin oranges coming from oil incense burners discreetly placed around the hotel. The hotel's famed restaurant, The Spice Route is divided into several sections following the journey of the spice route, from India through Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Imperial is also the place where Nehru, Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet in the early 1930s to discuss the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. These days The Imperial attracts many celebrities.
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New Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
14 miles/22 km/45 minutes
November through April