Paying tribute to the great Mauryan dynasty, ITC Maurya showcase and lauds Mauryan architecture. The hotel uses a signature ‘East meets West’ style of Mauryan diplomacy that combines a historic aura with contemporary facilities to create an unrivalled luxury hotel experience.
Fittingly, the 438-room property is situated in the Capital’s exclusive Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri, in close proximity to Delhi’s corridors of power. The hotel has long been the favoured accommodation of heads of state, royalty and business leaders from across the world. The various suites are named after famous personalities from the Mauryan age that include the Chanakya grand presidential suite, the Chandragupta presidential suite and many more. While the interiors of these suites provide a whiff of the Gupta Empire, the polished marble, carved teaks, and stone, and iron caste structures define the Mauryan period.
The architecture of the hotel rises up in steps in the style of a Buddhist stupa.
ITC Maurya is a tribute to the illustrious Mauryan Dynasty which gave Indian history the Golden Age of art, architecture and culture.
When ITC Maurya commissioned Meera Mukherjee to do a sculpture on Ashoka, she focused on Ashoka's gradual transformation from being a warrior to becoming a philosopher statesman. The Ashoka sculpture at Nandiya garden is a bronze mammoth structure towering to a height of some twelve feet, depicting him both with qualities of a monumental king along with a vulnerable, calm serenity registering on the face of the sculpture.
The hotel houses a priceless and exquisite collection of art by leading Indian artists ranging from Krishen Khanna to M F Husain, Tyeb to Akbar Padamsee and many more.
Two of Francis Newton Souza’s works are showcased at ITC Maurya, displaying quintessential 'portraits' or 'heads'. One is of a young woman and the other is of a man – deeply influenced by the folk art of Goa, he covered spanned still life, landscape, icons of Christianity, church facades and the most recurrent themes in his paintings were portraits and nudes.
Located on the 15th floor, The Akbar Padamsee's diptych at ITC Maurya, is a work in two parts hanging next to each other, awakening a sense of disquietude. This diptych is one of Padamsee's masterpieces and it is strongly recommended not to view it in a rush! One needs to pause and study these two paintings at leisure.