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The Leela Gandhinagar: Of cutting-edge architecture and ancient art

The newly launched property in Gujarat’s capital has many firsts to its name. The only five-star hotel in India built over a railway station, 22 meters above ground, it’s the tallest building, and the largest hotel in the city. The country’s largest convention and exhibition centre, the Mahatma Mandir in the same complex, will also be managed by The Leela.
The Leela Gandhinagar

When news of the Gandhinagar Capital railway station was out, there was a lot of speculation about which five-star chain would be the jewel in the crown atop the tracks. The Leela Gandhinagar is now sitting proud here, with a 318-key property, the city’s largest hotel and tallest building.   

spectacular views of the Central Vista

Located near the Dandi Kutir museum, The Leela Gandhinagar provides spectacular views of the Central Vista. The 318 tastefully appointed, spacious rooms and suites, with contemporary interiors seamlessly blending grandeur, comfort, and modern sophistication, include Royal and four Presidential Suites with 24×7 butler service, each offering unparalleled opulence, and ultra-modern facilities.

The Leela Gandhinagar
One of the Royal Suites. All the rooms blend traditional arts and crafts with contemporary styling. Image: Courtesy The Leela Gandhinagar.

Experiences within the hotel

The Leela Gandhinagar delivers a rich culinary experience with dining venues spanning across a host of cuisines served in picturesque environs. Citrus Junction, the all-day dining restaurant offers a selection of Indian, Oriental, and Continental cuisines; Moksha Lounge, has an all-day tapas menu with a handpicked selection of teas and coffees along with a charming patisserie, just right for a business meeting or a first date; and Diya, the fine dining restaurant that specialises in Indian cuisine, promises the perfect setting for a celebratory occasion.

Citrus Junction
Citrus Junction is a cheerful space. Image: Courtesy The Leela Gandhinagar.
The plush Royal Club Lounge
The plush Royal Club Lounge. Image: Courtesy The Leela Gandhinagar.

The Royal Club Lounge comprises an exclusive dining area serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening beverages accessible exclusively to the guests staying at The Royal Club Rooms and Suites. It also boasts a private library lounge and an exclusive party room with stunning views of the city. Guests will soon have access to a holistic world-class spa, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, and an outdoor pool too.

Of design and décor

The Leela Gandhinagar is an architectural marvel built atop of Gandhinagar railway station, located at the heart of vibrant Gujarat. . The hotel’s lavish interiors draw influence from the rich archaeological and architectural antiquity of Gujarat. The flooring is inspired by the Adalaj Stepwell and features elements like the famous Tree of Life at Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, traditional glass beadwork, textile craftsmanship of Bandhej, Ajrakh and Batik, are among various other art inspirations.

Beautiful handcrafted artefacts
Beautiful handcrafted artefacts can be found across the hotel. Image: Courtesy The Leela Gandhinagar.

Each corner of the hotel showcases the diverse cultural wealth of the state. A nook designed to create a myriad of memories by the artisan who has painstakingly stitched together the mosaic patterns along the Thikri designed walls that surround it. Or beautiful miniature paintings in pure leaf shades that represent an inspired canvas. Reflections of the architecture of Gujarat like the Modhera Sun Temple and Ambhaji Temple ceiling designs in paintings that recreate the aura of serenity at the hotel in silver leafing with tinges of wine, ochre, and champagne shades. Kutch embroidery created using acrylic glass mirrors. Or the rural ‘kirkee’ and ‘kiwar’ paintings done on wooden carved doors and embellished with gold leaf borders Even the rich influence of the railways is encapsulated through paintings acquired from the railway museum, and depictions of the lions of Gir roar majestically from the walls.

Prices: Rooms start from Rs 6409 and suites from Rs 23,000 a night.

Extraordinarily extravagant event spaces

From elegant ballrooms to stately meeting rooms, the hotel’s inspiring venues provide the ideal backdrop for any occasion. Guests can choose from the hotel’s indoor and outdoor event spaces spanning across 30,000 sq ft, all matched with the legendary Leela hospitality.

exhibition centre, The Leela Gandhinagar.
The huge convention and exhibition centre will now be managed by The Leela. Image: Courtesy The Leela Gandhinagar.

Built over an area of 34 acres, the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre offers both choice and flexibility with leading-edge facilities to host conventions for up to 15,000 delegates. Four seminar rooms, three Exhibition Centres, seven conference halls and a meeting room, are all equipped with every modern amenity imaginable. The personalised attention to detail and peerless hospitality makes this the ideal venue. The Leela Gandhinagar and Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre, will generate demand for the destination and position it as one of the most sought-after convention destinations in the world.

A Gateway to Gandhinagar

The capital city of Gujarat is known as the administrative and business hub of the state. It is the second planned city in India. The Leela Gandhinagar offers deeper insights into this city, which offers a plethora of options to explore and indulge.

Dandi Kutir
Exterior of Dandi Kutir designed to resemble a pile of salt as a remembrance of the Salt Satyagraha. Image: Shutterstock/mrudulablog.
  • The Dandi Kutir Salt Museum, two kms from the hotel, is India’s largest museum built on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum represents Mahatma Gandhi’s powerful idea of people across lines of class, gender, age, and community asserting their common right to salt itself.
  • The magnificent Adalaj stepwell, 11.6 kms from the hotel, was built by Mahmud Begada in 1411, to commemorate Queen Rudabai, wife of Veersinh, the Vaghela chieftain. This stepwell that descends five storeys into the ground served both a utilitarian and spiritual purpose for a number of people from the surrounding villages, who once filled water from it.
  • The Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, 25 kms from the hotel, adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati. This was one of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati and Sevagram when he was not travelling across India or in prison.  
  • Indroda Park, run by the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research Foundation (GEER), i one of the only two dinosaur museums in the country. Just eight kms from the hotel, the park consists of a zoo, massive skeletons of sea mammals like the blue whale, as well as a vast botanical garden, amphitheatre, interpretation centre, and camping facilities. It also has a Wilderness Park which is home to innumerable species of birds, reptiles, hundreds of nilgai, langur, and peafowl in its vast forest.
  • Visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, 7.2 kms from the hotel, as well as other sights such as Sarita Udyan, Rani Roopmati’s Mosque, and Capital Complex.
  • Automobile lovers will love the Auto World Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad.
  • Enjoy some retail therapy at shops offering a wide array of local Gujarati handicraft items or beautiful textile and fabric collections – lehengas and bandhej, mangalgiri and silk patola sarees are some of the best things to shop here.
  • A day trip out to the Blackbuck National Park located at 168 kms away at Velavadar in the Bhavnagar District would interest wildlifers.
Mahatma Gandhi statue at Sabarmati Ashram
Mahatma Gandhi statue at Sabarmati Ashram. Image: Shutterstock/Ruchuda Boonplien.

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