NOW Traveller Diaries

As travellers, we are conscious about how our presence impacts the places that we visit.
We choose to have a more positive impact as we move through the world and interact with people and nature by respecting local cultures, supporting local communities and caring for the environment.

We prefer ‘homes away from home’ that promote authentic local experiences, create joy around being healthy and provide a high standard of comfort, nurturing and wellbeing in a sustainable way.

India, The Leela Palace New Delhi Experiencing Sustainable Travel

The Leela Palace New Delhi is located near the diplomatic enclave of the city, surrounded by parks and embassies. The hotel's own gardens are lovingly cared for by the Head Gardener Shamdal. He and his men have labeled each plant in the garden, assigning them a number while keeping detailed notes on each of their health and wellbeing.

The flowers spread throughout the garden are grown in a nursery on the property and when they have reached near the end of their time they are either used as fertilizer for the next generation, or the hotel donates them to the charity Prabhat, an organization dedicated to providing income opportunities to those with mental handicaps and other disabilities. Prabhat then recycles the flowers into a variety of dyes and colors that they can sell.

Restaurant wise, unfortunately I only had the chance to eat in 2 of the hotel's 4 restaurants. The Qube is their extensive buffet option and Jamavar, their amazing Indian restaurant. The Qube is pretty cosmopolitan in its food offerings. Jamavar was delicious. I am by no means an expert on Indian cuisine, but I had a great dinner and the chef even came out to see how I and everyone else in the restaurant was enjoying their meal. Their Japanese option, Megu, and their French cuisine option Le Cirque were the ones I didn’t have the chance to experience but I hope I’ll get that chance in the future.

The Spa was remarkably calming. I don’t consider myself much of a spa person but I gotta say, after a day of walking around, spending an hour or so there was just what I needed before I had to get back to my computer and the never ending tide of emails. I had a nice half hour massage and probably spent another 20 minutes or so just relaxing in the serene atmosphere.

The hotel staff were friendly, welcoming and attentive. It really felt like they were happy to help me throughout my stay, even the florists and gardeners really wanted to be helpful despite the language barrier.

By the end of my time at the Leela Palace New Delhi I was sad to leave. It’s a beautiful property that did its best to ensure my stay was as great as it could be. Definitely a great place to base yourself from if you want to explore New Delhi while having a peaceful luxurious oasis to retreat to from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110023, India

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About the Traveller

Tyler Johannes Kirk

Tyler Johannes Kirk Marketing Manager, itmustbeNOW.com

Tyler is a founding member of itmustbeNOW.com. One of his favorite quote comes from an old Greek proverb, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.” He considers himself privileged to be able to travel extensively at a young age and believe his generation should travel consciously and connect with global cultures to realise that we are all the same, and should only support companies that seriously help people and planet to make sure we have a better tomorrow.

Living Positively at India, The Leela Palace New Delhi

Laugh

I took a trip to Dilli Haat, a market created to showcase crafts from all across India. The people of the market were super friendly and in great humor.

Learn

Every plant in the garden is carefully cared for and numbered so that the gardeners can keep track of the plants and were happy to share everything they knew about them.

Look

The view from the hotel pool is pretty amazing. The hotel has no buildings of equal or greater height around it since it’s surrounded by parks.

Love

My dinner at the Indian restaurant Jamavar was amazing, the Goat cheese especially.

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