Cradled in the lap of the ancient Aravalis - at the crossroads of many civilizations - comes to life, a national symbol that pays tribute to India’s several thousand years of uninterrupted history - ITC Grand Bharat.
A manifestation of ITC’s philosophy of creating hotels that showcase the rich and varied cultural heritage of India, ITC Grand Bharat is an embodiment of ITC Hotels’ ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’; enabling luxury experiences that are planet positive.
This 104 all-suites retreat is set to be the ultimate expression of ‘Unhurried Luxury’. ITC Grand Bharat combines grandeur with intimacy and operates according to the highest principles of environmental stewardship.
The retreat is designed in the form of a ‘mandala’, or a circle, representing completeness symbolising cosmic diagram, reflecting the relation of life with the infinite..
ITC Grand Bharat represents the skill of the Indian craftspersons down the ages - from the stylized form of the pomegranates of Kandahar painted on the walls of the Spa to the lotus seed-pods rising out of the three grand watercolor paintings in the Aravali Pavilion. .
Sangam – The Lobby, also symbolic of the meeting of three historic rivers: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, signifies, power, wealth and knowledge, respectively. .
The lobby’s highlight is the painted Tree of Life, surrounded by eight pillars that signify the eight stages of life as indicated in the Vedas. expressing the Indian Philosophy of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning - the world is a family. .
The main domed roof forms the pinnacle of the vista, showcasing references to the architecture of the Kalinga School of Architecture from Orissa, where the stone lions that squat from the corners of the parapet of the terraced areas also carry a distinct Eastern feel about them. .
The Buddhist influence may be noticed in the arched Bho-Chaitya style decorations of the Hotel that adorn the base of each of the four facades of the squat square dome. .
ITC Grand Bharat sports four Presidential Villas, that have been inspired by and named after four great dynasties of India – the Mauryas, the Marathas, the Mughals and the Cholas..
The influences on ITC Grand Bharat include lesser known yet important gems like the stepped wells of Adalaj, Gujarat, the Orissan Nagara style Mukhteshwara temples, the royal palace of Baroda and the eternal ghats of Varanasi..