What’s the first thought that comes to a tourist’s mind when he hears the word— India? Taj Mahal or Red Fort? The world may be well versed with India’s popular attractions but, unbeknownst to most, India has more to offer than meets the eye. When the sun goes down and the moon shines bright, India reveals a completely different side.
Salim Javed, Vice President, Eastbound Group, handpicks unique experiences that lends a multi-directional perspective to India’s personality:
Whether it is a brewery where you want to relax and sip freshly brewed beer or an underground venue where you wish to enjoy light jazz music, Delhi has innumerable experiences to choose from. And, in times of doubt, you can also opt for a club to dance your heart out. Some of the popular after-hour hubs in the capital are Hauz Khas Village, Cyber Hub, Khan Market, Qutub Institutional Area and the relatively new, Worldmark Aerocity to name a few.
Other than being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World- Taj Mahal, Agra is popular for its street delicacies, shopping hubs and party clubs. One of the places known for its finger-licking food and great shopping spots is Sadar Bazaar that remains open till 11 PM. Its crammed lanes accommodate Agra Chat House and Shri Agrawal Chat House famous for its delicious Gol Gappas and Chaats that will make you come back to Agra over and over again. After getting some shopping and eating done, explore a range of clubs in the city for an eventful night or visit Sheroes Hangout, a café run by heroic acid attack survivors.
Unlike the nightlife at other places, this timeless city promises an after evening full of tranquility and liveliness on the banks of holy Ganges. Commence your evening with Aarti near Ganges between 5:30 to 7:00 PM where you will get to listen to religious Hindu hymns sung in praise of gods and goddesses. Then, take a long walk around Assi Ghat and end your night with a delicious meal at one of the popular cafes around the area.
If you’re a shopaholic then Jaipur is your paradise. Offering a variety of traditional clothes and accessories, Jaipur is perfect for the boho soul. After shopping your heart out, choose from a range of clubs for an ultimate party experience. The popular party places include Reds, Geoffrey’s Pub and Maharani Express Bar. Visit Bar Palladio to witness breathtaking Indian classical ambience or hotel Tablu to get panoramic views of the alluring city.
There is no better way to enjoy a night out in Udaipur than by walking around the City Palace. The best part about visiting the palace in the evening is the sound and light show that is held every hour from 7 PM onwards. Later, one can enjoy local delicacies of Rajasthan at restaurants situated on the banks of Pichola Lake. Ideal for a romantic dinner date, restaurants present guests with stunning views of the lake and the City Palace. Those who visit will absolutely love the experience of dining under the beautifully-lit lanterns and candles. Some of the must-visit places in the city are Restaurant Ambrai, Upré by 1559 AD, The Sunset Terrace, The Leela Palace and Bhairo.
The magnificent fort of Mehrangarh is definitely one of a kind. At night, when the whole fort is illuminated with bright golden lights, the view becomes simply spectacular. After a visit to Mehrangarh, you can take a tuk-tuk ride to the Stepwell Café to witness the city’s incomparable view while enjoying delicious Indian and Continental cuisines. Later, walk up to Raas (bar) to see the illuminated fort above and the candlelit Haveli courtyard below for an unforgettable night. Also, do not miss Indique Restaurant, Chokhelao Garden and Terrace Restaurant and On the Rocks on your visit to this timeless city.