Cul­ture soaked

India Today - - TRAVEL - by Ekta Mar­waha

Qila Ladhran If you’re look­ing for a weekend get­away op­tion that in­cludes sump­tu­ous Pun­jabi cui­sine, and lots of shop­ping, then look no fur­ther. Lo­cated on the Chandi­garhLud­hi­ana high­way is Qila Ladhran, a 300- year- old haveli that has now been con­verted into a bou­tique ho­tel. About six hours drive from Delhi, The Ladhran Fort, which be­longed to Sou­min­dra Guron’s late hus­band, Cap­tain Amar­jit Singh, is a quaint bou­tique ho­tel lo­cated a lit­tle away from the city. With lush green­ery all around, this haveli recre­ates an old world charm with its brick floors, high ceil­ings and tra­di­tional Pun­jabi hand­i­crafts on dis­play. On en­ter­ing the huge Iron Gate, you’ll find your­self in the court­yard— stretch out on the manji and quench your thirst with a kul­had of lassi. The rooms lined along the court­yard house the items on sale, shop for ex­clu­sive de­signer wear, hand­painted fab­rics, tra­di­tional phulkari du­pat­tas, an­tiques repli­cas, home dé­cor items and teak­wood fur­ni­ture. The haveli does not have ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties yet and you will have to head back to the nearby Chandigarh or Lud­hi­ana for the night, af­ter you’re done with the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

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