Is business travel becoming a routine and killing all the enthusiasm you had at the time of your first few trips? Well, most of us who travel 5-7 days a month can certainly understand the reason. Rushing around, packing-unpacking stuff, crowded planes, and traffic jam can actually cause a lot of stress. How about keeping an extra day for ‘Me’ time? You can read your favourite book, catch up on the latest movie, binge eat or simply sleep endlessly…the options are aplenty. While the last option would tempt many; uncovering the different aspects of the destination you will be visiting would bring a whole new dimension to your trip. Here are the top 7 business destinations of India where you can experience some exclusive things and make your business travel an affair to remember.
1. New Delhi – Break the cliché and discover something new
Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Qutub Minar and Red Fort are the hotspots so ditch them… Yes, you read it right! Ditch them, and go on a hunt to explore the lesser-known Mehrauli Archaeological Park and Hauz Khas village. These extraordinary riches in South Delhi date back to more than 1000 years and are an absolute escape from the city’s cacophony. In the latter, you can also explore some designer labels.
2. Gurgaon – Enjoy the buzz of CyberHub
Have you cracked a great deal with the client? Why not celebrate your success at the city’s most loved place: CyberHub! To your wonder, it spreads over 2 lakh sq ft. and houses over 50 pubs, bistros, cafes and restaurants. Guess what, it also has a state-of-the-art amphitheatre where you can often see dazzling live performances.
3. Mumbai – Experience the nightlife
Bang the best when in Mumbai! See an old friend and ask him/her to accompany you to a nightclub. The financial capital is widely known for its effervescent yet safe nightlife. There are many swanky pubs and nightclubs in Mumbai that can sway you away with groovy music and sparkling cocktails. If you are in Juhu, then the must-visits are Trilogy and Tryst. Blue Frog in Lower Parel and Club Royalty in Bandra West are great places for a gala time. So what are you waiting for?!
4. Bangalore – Go on a night trek
When in Bangalore, in fact in any of the above cities, you can meet up a long-known LinkedIn contact for building better connections. However, doing things that take you away from work, even for a little while, will make you come back to it with a whole new energy. So, why not go on an exciting night trek to Anthargange, Kabbaldurga, Makalidurga or Savandurga Hills? Guess what? Most of these are 1 night treks of easy level so even if you are not physically prepared; you will be able to do it.
5. Hyderabad – Take up a culinary tour
The City of Nizams, Hyderabad is a paradise for gastronomes. With a free day in hand, you can go on a food walking tour through the narrow streets and bylanes of Hyderabad Old City. Exploring the Charminar area, sample some amazing authentic fare, including the world-famous Hyderabadi biryani which has a long history and hundreds of debates attached to it. On the tour, you might see people delved into deep discussions about its origin over a steaming cup of Irani tea. What more? You can keep recording the whole tour and become a local guide to your friends.
6. Pune – Bring out the adventurer in you
On your next business trip to Pune, let the long-held stress burst with an adventurous escapade. Head out to Lonavala (65 km from Pune) for hot air ballooning or Kamshet (47 km) for paragliding. The aerial view of rolling hills and expanse of greenery would definitely compel you to make another trip soon.
7. Ahmedabad – Buy unique gifts for your boss, home and friends
Who doesn’t know that Ahmedabad is nicknamed as the City of Mills?! Its colourful bandhej and embroidered fabrics are a hit among one and all. So, taking it home as a souvenir or a gift for your special someone becomes all the more necessary. Buying an exquisite ceramic art piece or stone carving for your boss can bond you both quite well. You want market suggestions? Head out to Gurjari, Lal Darwaja and Law Garden Night Market. Whether you are a die-hard shopping fan or a rare shopper, Ahmedabad would certainly delight you with its choicest collection of handicrafts. We are sure this list would help you make better plans for your next business trip to these cities. If you liked our compilation or have any recommendations, do leave your comments below. We’ll make sure to add them in future. Have a happy trip!