ITC Grand Bharat- Responsible Luxury
Updated: Dec 15, 2019
Away from the hustle-bustle of city life, is this plush property which is set amidst the verdant greens of the ancient Aravalli hills, just 45 kilometers from New Delhi.
This humongous retreat spells grandeur and splendor in all its forms, thereby taking the concept of INCREDIBLE INDIA to the next level!
Conceived as the next step in luxurious Indian hospitality, ITC Grand Bharat is truly a gem of a place with an all-around grand vibe symbolizing the concept of 'Bharatvarsha' which encompasses the true essence of India! Calling it Regal, Grand, Enormous, Full of heritage would be an understatement.
India is a land of unity in diversity where people from varied cultures, races, religions, and languages live together. There's so much to see and learn from its history and innumerable places, that it would take a lifetime and it still won't be enough, but if you are short on time and still want to taste the true richness & diversity of Indian culture, heritage and, of course, the authentic Indian cuisines, then consider staying at ITC Grand Bharat, for it brings the true beauty of India under one roof, in the best way possible!
No wonder why we fell in love with this retreat in a New York Minute :)
Architecture to Take You Back in Time
A picture of majesty, the architecture of ITC Grand Bharat will give the emperors of today a taste of what their counterparts enjoyed in bygone times. Sounds insane, right?
Here's a visual illustration-
1) The Stepped Well of Adalaj
The elevations at ITC Grand Bharat, the capitals on columns over the pavilions and the detailing of the columns all pay homage to the Adalaj Stepped Well in Gujrat.
(The stepped well of Adalaj) (The coloumns at ITC Grand Bharat)
2) The Nagara Style Temples of Orissa
The central dome over the atrium at ITC Grand Bharat, as well as the domes over the other pavilions, have been inspired by the rich temple forms of Orissan Architecture. Additionally, the main entrance to the hotel block has been inspired by the famous ‘Torana’ (Arched gateway) of the Muktesvara Deula of Bhubhaneshwar, Odisha.
(The rich temple forms of Orissa) (The domes at ITC Grand Bharat)
3) The Royal Palace of Baroda
The palace, also known as Laxmi Vilas Palace, is a prime example of the Indo-Saracenic school of architecture.
Prominent examples of Indo-Saracenic Architecture include the Central Secretariat (New Delhi), ITC Maratha (Mumbai), the Gateway of India (Mumbai), Victoria Memorial (Kolkata) and the Mysore Palace.
(Parapet - The Royal palace of Baroda) (Parapet details used at ITC Grand Bharat)
4) The Ghats of Varanasi
The famous ghats are embankments in the form of stone steps along the bank of the Ganga where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. For Hindus, the ghats are locations on "the divine cosmic road", indicative of "its manifest transcendental dimension". Varanasi has at least 84 ghats.
You will see their visual influence at The Yamuna at ITC Grand Bharat.
Every evening, prayer is said by the priest, post which you can make a wish and float little diyas into the waters of Yamuna.
(The Ghats of Varanasi) (The Yamuna, ITC Grand Bharat)
5) Sangam- The Lobby
Sangam – The Lobby at ITC Grand Bharat is symbolic of the meeting of three historic rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, which respectively signify power, wealth and knowledge. The lobby’s highlight is the painted Tree of Life, surrounded by eight pillars. The eight pillars signify the four stages of life as indicated in the Vedas – each pillar symbolic of the beginning and end of a stage. The Tree of Life is an expression of the Indian Philosophy of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ – the world is a family.
6) The Four Presidential Villas
The four Presidential Villas have been inspired by four great dynasties of India’s glorious past – The Mauryas, The Marathas, The Mughals, and The Cholas.
Food & Beverages
The ‘Well-Being’ kitchens have reinterpreted Indian, Asian and European cuisines and refashioned the dining experiences to a whole new level.
‘Swasthya Cuisine' was crafted by ITC Grand Bharat, and here's how it helps to attain a complete sense of physical, mental and spiritual well-being-
In our earliest diet philosophies, the food people ate was controlled by season, time of day, and their own disposition. Swasthya Cuisine invokes these time-honored principles of responsible eating through an ideal combination of foods and fluids that have been selected to enhance both internal and external well-being.
Promoting physical and emotional well-being through food is an Indian tradition as old as civilization itself. It stems from the thought that a person who is at ease physically and mentally has the highest proclivity to developing spiritually.
As stewards of the environment and our nutrition, they bring you fresh, farm-to-table food that has been prepared to address both nutritional requirements and the need for satisfaction. The result is an enjoyable mélange of modern and revived flavor that protects your wellness; restores and energizes; calms the mind and uplifts the mood; enhances memory and slows down the effects of aging!
The retreat's chef also accommodates people who are vegan or can’t eat dairy, gluten. etc.
The various dining options include 'The Aravali Pavilion', 'The India Room', 'The Peacock Bar', and 'Apas Promenade'.
The Aravali Pavilion-
The Aravali Pavilion at ITC Grand Bharat is the retreat’s charming bistro and three-meal period restaurant. The warm interiors with its murals and cork floors are home to unique culinary concepts such as ‘Swasthya’ cuisine; eating for health and taste along with ITC Hotels’ Signature Mornings, ‘Best of Pavilion’, ‘The Express Wok’ and ‘Local Love’.
The India Room-
The India Room showcases ‘Creative European Classics’, albeit in modern renderings, in a setting that resonates with the pomp and pageantry of that era. The restaurant celebrates the continent’s engagement with India, from the earliest times a context that gave rise to the country’s modern name.
The plush interiors in a royal blue and gold theme feature magnificent chandeliers set against silk and French windows that open into the Sunset Boulevard, offering an option to dine al fresco. The cuisine, which is creative renditions of French, Greek, Roman, Dutch and British classics is complemented by the ritualistic service and relives the erstwhile charm of ceremonial fine dining.
The Peacock Bar-
Inspired by the national bird of India, Peacock Bar is an ideal place to unwind and indulge in the retreat’s extensive wine and malt library, complemented by Molecular Mixology inspired Classic Cocktails. The theatrics of the mixologist blend with the gentle jazz strains, abetting the energy of the bar. The unique service design that is intended to delight and surprise with dramatic culminations at the table. Embodying its name is the piece de résistance of the bar; a stained glass, peacock motif, inspired by the fables of India.
The Apas Promenade at ITC Grand Bharat underscores ITC Hotels’ Responsible Luxury ethos with an emphasis on a ‘Farm to Plate’ approach, ensuring the luxury of savoring fresh, seasonal and local produce.
Apas Promenade epitomizes the ‘unhurried luxury’ philosophy of the retreat and is a celebration of the Terra Madre community’s ‘Slow Food Movement’ (Clean, Good & Fair). The restaurant showcases local Mewati barbeques, which forms part of the ‘Food of the Aravalis’.
The indigenous cooking techniques used for the Mewati barbecues used include-
‘Shola’ or an open charcoal grill.
‘Tawa’ which is an Indian hot plate.
‘Degchi’, a vessel used for slow cooking.