One of Bollywood’s most talked-about couples, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, have arrived in Vancouver.
The superstar couple, along with their daughter Aaradhya, were spotted at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport en route to Vancouver on Monday, reports Vancouver Desi. They’re visiting the Lower Mainland this week to help kick off British Columbia’s inaugural Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA).
The Bachchans have a few days to enjoy Vancouver before they’re expected to take the stage at BC Place on Saturday. Aishwarya’s much anticipated appearance at the awards will be her first overseas performance since she gave birth to her daughter in 2011.
While we’re fairly certain Bollywood’s first family will be chaperoned around town by an elite security detail, we have a few recommendations for the Bachchans to get the most of the city during their short stay.
South Granville's Miraj Hammam Spa is worth a visit for luxurious massage to help melt away stress and jet lag. Visiting the dolphins and otters at the Vancouver Aquarium would be a great place to take little Aaradhya. For dinner, Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe is definitely worth a visit to fully enjoy West Coast seafood at its finest.
The B.C. government has contributed $11 million towards the three-day event. Premier Christy Clark has touted the awards as an opportunity to strengthen the province’s ties to India.
TOIFA events officially start Thursday and end Saturday with an awards gala at BC Place.
Check out our list of recommended to-dos for the Bachchans' Vancouver stay:
Relax At Afternoon Tea
<strong> Xi Shi Lounge</strong> 1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Melt Away Stress With A Massage
Miraj Hammam Spa 1495 West 6th Ave., Vancouver
<strong>Holt Renfrew</strong> 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver
Get Awards Show-Ready Hair
<strong>Blo Blow Dry Bar</strong> 1150 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Take Aaradhya To The Aquarium
<strong>Vancouver Aquarium</strong> 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Savour West Coast Seafood
<strong>Blue Water Cafe</strong> 1095 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Minami Restaurant 118 Mainland St., Vancouver
Rent Out A Luxury Pool, Go For A Swim
<strong>Rosewood Hotel Georgia</strong> 801 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Relax With The Family On A Mountain-View Balcony
<strong>Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel</strong> 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Take In The View From The Top Of A Mountain
<strong>Grouse Mountain Resort</strong> 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
What are your must-do suggestions for the Bollywood glamour couple?
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the Majestic Pier, part of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Palais De Festival, Cannes.
Aishwarya Rai attends the Prix de Diane 2011 horse racing at Chantilly horsetrack near Paris, France, on June 12, 2011.
Miss India Aishwarya Rai, 21, sits on her throne shortly after being crowned at the Miss World pageant at Sun City, Nov. 19, 1994. (AP Photo/Adil Bradlow)
Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and Francesco Trapani attend the ' Bulgari Hotel and Residences London Official Opening' on June 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Imagesfor Bulgari)
Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan attends the ' Bulgari Hotel and Residences London Official Opening' on June 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Imagesfor Bulgari)