Diwali—pre-COVID-19 or post—celebrates the joy of giving. Making the festive gifting process easier this year are these bespoke Diwali hampers crafted by some of India’s most luxurious hotels. So get picking and spread the joy! By Bayar Jain
1. ITC Hotels
Keeping true to their luxurious offerings across experiences, ITC Hotels’ bespoke Diwali hamper imbibes the same philosophy draped with an assurance of safety. The first hospitality chain to rid itself of single-use plastic, each of their artisanal festive delights and scrumptious selections adheres to the hotels’ WeAssure Hygiene Protocol while simultaneously laying great emphasis on the packaging. These festive curations are currently available across ITC Hotels in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Agra in seven varieties such as The Regal Assemblage, The Grand Curation, Signature Mithai Collection, and more. Additionally, as weekend getaways and dining out are slowly gaining momentum again, the hotel chain is also giving the option of adding E-gift cards to the hamper. With this, one can redeem the contactless gifts for luxury stays, gourmet dining, rejuvenating spa services, and more.
With Oberoi Hotels, expect an array of handcrafted cakes, single-origin chocolates, desserts, pieces of bread, homemade pasta, condiments, bespoke wines, and a lot more. Bringing their signature delicacies from The Oberoi Patisseries & Delicatessens at The Oberoi, New Delhi; The Oberoi, Bengaluru; The Oberoi, Gurgaon; The Oberoi, Mumbai; and The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, the tastefully curated Diwali gift hampers also rely on contactless technology (think hygienic curations; safe packaging; and contactless delivery and payments) in their offerings, ensuring gifting remains a hassle-free experience.
Accor’s Diwali hampers offer a bouquet of choices for all kinds of tastes and budgets. While Sofitel Mumbai BKC’s tasteful gift pack comprises of traditional diyas and delectable treats, such as handcrafted chocolates, assorted dry fruits, and select spirits; Pullman New Delhi Aerocity relies on delicious Indian sweets to achieve the same bespoke results. On one end Novotel Pune Nagar Road and Novotel Ahmedabad make the festivities more joyous with an assortment of Indian sweets, exotic cookies, and imported chocolates; their properties in Bengaluru—Novotel Bengaluru Outer Ring Road, and ibis Bengaluru Outer Ring Road—package the best of their gourmet delights. Picture Ajmeri kalakand, Belgian chocolate truffles, kesar barfi, honey glazed almonds and more.
Price: Starting at INR 500
4. Andaz Delhi
Known for their love for locally sourced ingredients and pleasing aesthetics, Andaz Delhi’s Diwali gift hamper, too, follows the same motto. Add to it the option of choosing an eco-friendly hamper, and you’ve got the ideal sustainable festive gifting solution. You can choose from the Andaz Eco-friendly Diwali hamper, Andaz Festive Box, Sheesham Wood Dry Fruit Box, Chocolate Box and Artisan Diwali hamper, or curate your own hamper complete with artisanal products from AnnaMaya—their European food hall.
Price: Starting at INR 450
5. Taj Hotels
Ready to celebrate Diwali in full fervour, Taj Hotels across Delhi-NCR have rolled out their exclusive hampers to make the festivities merrier. At Taj Palace New Delhi, for instance, homemade gourmet treats, authentic culinary delights, and limited-edition collectables are sure to pamper every recipient. Deliverable across Delhi-NCR, these hampers include artisanal homemade almond-chocolate rocks, Masala Art’s special homemade pickle collection, homemade confectioneries, gourmet treats and luxury accessories. Alternatively, head to Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka if you’re looking for an opulent surprise. Categorised as bronze, silver, gold, and platinum, their elegant curations include French macarons, organic aged honey, Sapphire chocolate coated nuts, and more. Health-conscious folks can even add organic rice cakes, TBH crispy beetroot chips, and gluten-free beetroot pasta to their baskets.
Price: Starting at INR 1,999
6. The Lodhi, New Delhi
At The Lodhi, pick from a thoughtfully curated assortment of gourmet delights, sweet and savoury goodies, and confectionaries brought to life especially for the festive season. The customisable hamper includes artisanal chocolates, tarts, gluten-free bread, flavoured nuts, and more.
Price: Starting at INR 5, 500
Loaded with sweet and savoury elements in abundance, the Diwali hamper by Conrad Bengaluru strikes the right chord for a thoughtful gift. The hamper includes homemade goodness with innovative twists like anjeer halwa barfi, and kesar barfi, along with the ever-loving chocolates in mint and hazelnut varieties. The classic kaju katli rounds up the gift aptly. For a more indulgent affair, opt for the Conrad Indulgence Hamper complete with diyas, toran, cookies, flavoured dry fruits, and more.
Price: Starting at INR 1,100
Personalisation lies at the heart of every Diwali hamper by these two Mumbai-based Hyatt properties. At both the luxury hotels, you can choose from a bouquet of homemade Indian sweets, chef-curated chocolates and macaroons, heavenly tea blends, premium coffee, organic produce, crystallised sugar sticks, non-alcoholic sparkling wine and a lot more. Add gift vouchers redeemable for future stays or culinary experiences, and you’ve got a complete package of pampering.
Price: Starting at INR 2,500
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Understanding the deep-rooted sentiments and solemn affair that Diwali is, Leela Palace Chennai has interspersed classic gifting elements into its special hamper. While the Celebration Hamper features chocolate pralines along with Indian sweets, a scented candle, and white metal Ganesha idol; the Signature Hamper accumulates the best of the Western and Indian world, courtesy cookies, cakes, and chocolates. Alternatively, amp up the celebrations by gifting your loved ones a customised hamper in the hotel’s branded leatherette bag.
Price: Starting at INR 1,250
The Bakery at Hyatt Regency Kolkata is ready to spread the festive cheer with their hampers. Customised to perfection, the hampers bring together a range of carefully selected assortments—including Indian sweets—contemporary confectionaries and dry fruits in limited-edition boxes. What’s more? They’re available in a host of sizes: large, medium, six-slot, and four.
Price: Starting at INR 999
11. Hyatt Regency Delhi
An absolute treat for connoisseurs of the finer things in life, Hyatt Regency Delhi’s Diwali hamper has all that you need to make the festivities even more special. Take the Gourmet box of four, for instance. Consisting of dry mango, raspberry pistachio friand, honey date almond cake, and pistachio macaroons, this gift basket is sure to please. On the other end, the Gourmet box of 12 has chocolate sable cookies, atta ladoos, linzer cake, raspberry macaroons, a dark chocolate bar, dry apricot, honey sesame truffle, kaju roll, pistachio truffle, dark chocolate rocher, lemon shortbread, and raspberry pistachio friand.
Price: Starting at INR 2,450
Aptly named Festive Treasures, Leela Palace’s hamper is a thoughtful medley of rich Indian flavours and delicacies, designed to perfection. The hampers come replete with items like a raspberry jam jar, decadent brownies, granola chunks, Clive Road tea, pearl couscous, and more. Irrespective of the type of hamper you pick—they have seven variations, plus one customisable as per taste—traditional Diwali elements feature in the mix too. We’re talking about a Ganesha idol, toran, diyas, and more.
Price: Starting at INR 2,000
Right from tea hampers to specially curated wine hampers, and gourmet goodies, Le Meridien New Delhi has it all. The thoughtfully-crafted themed gift hampers feature the finest homemade gourmet treats, delectable culinary delights, exotic cookies, and assorted nuts.
Price: Starting at INR 1,500