Yep! You read that right. Gauri Khan just announced yesterday that she has partnered with Airbnb and is welcoming us into her and Shah Rukh Khan‘s #HomeWithOpenArms. Stop everything you’re doing and read on, ‘coz this is a smasher! It’s been a whole year since this pandemic began and through it to say that travel took a backseat would be a severe understatement. But now, as the world heals, we’re all looking for experiences that allow us to explore the world but also feel like a home away from home, amirite or amirite?
Luckily for all of us, Airbnb has always held true to this mantra and ensured that the Airbnb experience reflects that through and through. But this collaboration and announcement mean that us mere mortals will be able to live in Queen and King Khan’s home; their first home in the city they both hail from no less, New Delhi! The best part is that you can participate in the #HomeWithOpenArms contest on Airbnb and win an overnight stay!
As a picture-perfect homage to Shah Rukh Khan’s signature pose (you know the one!), those who wish to participate need to send in their answer to a simple question:
Applicants must explain how a warm welcome helps them feel right at home when they are away from home.
An important point to note is that all applications must be sent in by 11:59 pm IST on November 30, 2020.
Considering both Shah Rukh and Gauri are originally from Delhi, one can imagine how close their Panchsheel Park home is to their hearts. By their own admission, this house that became a home through Gauri’s touch and warm, lush style is one that is filled to the brim with memories. Delhi for her is synonymous with memories. As you walk through the house, you will see tonnes of pictures that mimic a timeline of their lives, from their time as a young couple to their early years of marriage and then all the wonderfully happy pictures of their three children.
In terms of the interiors, as soon as you walk in, you’ll recognise Gauri’s lush style, with its interplay of texture, plush fabrics and jewel tones peppered with collectables and art from their adventures around the world.
In addition to an overnight stay, Gauri has also already reached SuperHost status thanks to the lovingly curated an experience that includes a dinner where the menu is made up of the Khan family favourites and a movie marathon of Shah Rukh’s favourite films. Just imagine being the Khan’s house guests… well, you don’t really have to imagine if you participate! So hurry!
But before I lose you, here are some fun facts about Delhi and their life Gauri shared that really brought the whole experience to life:
Last year, they travelled to Los Angeles to drop their kids off to college, stayed at an Airbnb property and absolutely loved it. So, the minute they got back, she got in touch with the good people at Airbnb India and signed up to be the first-ever Bollywood couple to become Airbnb hosts!
Gauri designed her Delhi home herself and it holds a very dear place in their heart as a family because both Shah Rukh and Gauri are from Delhi and this was their first home in the city. She designed every corner and filled it with their memories as a family. From pictures to memorabilia, one walkthrough will give you a glance into the people they are.
There are undoubtedly special corners all over the house, but her favourite would have to be a memory wall that has everything from SRK’s favourite movie film, their son Aryan Khan‘s first badminton racket, Suhana Khan‘s favourite makeup brush and Abram Khan‘s first birthday gift. Basically, it’s a nostalgia wall and we are here for it!
Gauri loves Hauz Khas Village and Nirula’s hot chocolate fudge, which are both must-do things when in Delhi, for sure!
Her go-to places are Milan and Rome. We spy an Italophile!
It’s Indian all the way! And Shah Rukh wins in the cooking department according to his lovely wife.
There is an antique rug she picked up in New York and didn’t know where to place it, so instead, she framed it and put it up as a painting!
She actually goes back to Delhi quite often and misses the winters of Delhi and winter food.
As we write this, we still can’t really fathom what it might be like to experience a day in the life of Gauri and Shah Rukh Khan! But that’s what makes this experience so unique and special after all, isn’t it?
This post is in partnership with Airbnb India.