These are my favorite hotels and shops in India. These are secret so use them wisely. Place to stay Imperial Hotel is my favorite urban hotel in the world. It has 3,500 original prints, like this one of a Maharaja with the colonial Englishmen. At the Imperial Hotel in Delhi A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:57pm PST Most of the prints are of the most bucolic countryside. Except for this one- the Uber of India past. Biggest issue for me are the industrial hotel buffets- it’s just sugar for breakfast Sugar carb sugar carb. The industrial hotel breakfast buffet. A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:07pm PST Places to shop Ahujasons have the most delightful selection of pashminas in the world. And the great thing is that it’s all fixed price. So you can look at the USD 3,500 one and understand why it costs that much, and then see the UD 500 and USD 300 ones and see what they’re worth. …
I didn’t have any expectations when I heard there was a heritage fort hotel in Jaisalmer. But I was blown away when I got to Suryagarh. I kept looking for something that was newly constructed on this property, something that would break my eye. But nothing did. My host in India was Manvendra Singh Shekhawat, a INKTalks Fellow and traditional architecture enthusiast. Photographed below with James, who traveled with me from Bali. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort. Above my bed there was a roof made of cut stone, just stone on stone to make this incredible roof. It was an amazing experience. If you get to Jaisalmer, stay in this hotel. They dug a huge pond to …
A radical way to counter obnoxious plastic. “It’s amazing how much a researcher can learn when he starts to think. We seem to be researching endlessly, but this guy seems to be actually doing something. It’s such an amazing initiative. Please watch the talk. Here’s more about INKTalks.”
“Last week I went to INKTalks with three students from Green School- Dali and Finn Schonfelder and Heather Blair. Dali and Finn spoke about Nalu, their company, and Heather about the importance of consent. Both got a standing ovation from the crowd. An impressive feat considering who was in the audience. Can’t wait to see the talks get published.” -JH It’s one thing to look good when you buy our clothes, the next thing is to do good and therefore feel good. – Dali and Finn
At the 4th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress 2013, in New Delhi, India, John was honoured with the prestigious “Energy And Environment Foundation Global Excellence Award-2013” in Renewable Energy Sector for his Green School Initiative at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Congress on 25th September 2013.
An amazing place to stay in when you visit Rajasthan- Devi Garh. In the far distant Rajasthani region, the Devi Garh hotel dominates the heights of the Aravalli mountain chain, the final rampart on the way to the princely city if Udaipur. The celebrated Indian decorator, Lekha Podday took this former Rajput fort and transformed it into a luxury boutique hotel with noble and precious materials, plunging guests into the elegant universe of the Udaipur maharajahs. After ten years of renovation, the hotel’s 39 suites have come alive once again, giving them the feel of minimalist retreats. The transparent interiors contain small touches of amber color, casting a modern veil over this medieval building. The Devi Garh is the ideal site for tasting the joys of princely life. And to prolong the experience, the restaurant’s traditional Indian cuisine, which can be enjoyed while sitting on the colorful grass of the fort, is a must visit.
Elora Hardy had it all as a designer working for Donna Karan in New York, with her prints walking the world’s runways. She left it all to return to Bali and build a sustainable construction company. Hardy builds visually stunning homes out of bamboo, fantasy abodes that look derived from Hollywood movie sets. In this striking talk, Hardy explains the versatility and durability of bamboo, and convinces us all to become advocates of bamboo as the choice building material for construction in the tropics. Click here to watch.