Posted on: Monday September 5, 2016
An Assemblage of India - The Inspirational Elements
Inspired by Bharatvarsh
India is one of the world’s earliest civilisations, going back to epochs beyond earliest recorded history, with the world’s first urban centres in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, and a rich, classical tradition of architecture spanning the centuries since.
Over the last five thousand years, there has been a wide range of thought, styles, movements and phases in Indian architecture. Styles have emerged, evolved, morphed, combined, refined, reached a zenith, died out and, at times, been reborn.
ITC Grand Bharat presents a symphony as rich as the heritage we propose to honour: a world of capitals, domes, frescoes and plinths, of stonework with intricate carving, regal pavilions, rambling courtyards and gentle fountains, of reflection pools and verdant gardens. 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.
The Stepped Well of Adalaj, Gujarat, is the inspiration behind ITC Grand Bharat’s elevations, capitals on the columns and their detailing. The domes on the resort’s pavilions and at the central atrium are influenced by the rich temple architecture of Orissa; the main entrance to the resort is inspired by the Torana (arched gateway) of the Nagara style Mukhteshwara temples. Detailing from the Royal Palace of Baroda’s Indo-Saracenic architecture can be found in the parapets at ITC Grand Bharat. This architectural style drew elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture, combined with the Gothic and Neo-Classical styles and was popular in the 19th century. The eternal ghats of Varanasi, symbolising transcendental dimension, are famous for their embankments in the form of stone steps - and The Yamuna at ITC Grand Bharat is a manifestation of that vision. ITC Grand Bharat is an architectural confluence of some of the finest details and techniques India has witnessed. Its beauty makes it a modern masterpiece in its own right, and a destination in itself.
The facades of the various buildings are articulated in tones of native sandstone and characterised by traditional chajjas (sunshades) supported on decorative brackets, ornamental mouldings and panels with intricate relief work. The skyline is framed by domes and pavilions with shaded verandahs and terraces that look out onto the dramatic landscape of the surrounding golf course and the Aravalis beyond.
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 eight stages of life as indicated in the Vedas. The Tree of Life is an expression of the Indian Philosophy of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ – the world is one family.
“Ganga Snane, Yamuna Pane, Narmada Dhyane”
Yamuna, considered the epitome of infinite love and compassion in sacred texts, is a body of water at ITC Grand Bharat that flanks the residential space, separating the personal from the public sphere. Like the flowing river with its historic eminence, the Yamuna at ITC Grand Bharat seeks to rejuvenate.
Accommodation Inspired by Bharatvarsh
According to the Vedas, the area of the continent that lies south of the Himalayas is called Bharatvarsh. As India is infinite, so are its ancient urban centres:
This suite block is named after the earliest territory of India supposedly built by the Pandavas that is now known as Delhi.
Named after the spiritual capital of India that dates back to the 11th century BC and one of the world’s oldest living cities.
A dedication to the Sanchi stupa, this enclave of suites represents the mosaic that is India. Originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the third century BC, this stone structure was built over the relics of the Buddha.
It takes inspiration from the last local North Indian dynasty to rule the Hindi-speaking belt and its capital on the banks of the River Saraswati; popularly known as Kurukshetra.
Taking its name from the former capital of the Vijayanagar Empire in Southern India, this block recreates the opulence of a city that is reputed to have marketplaces where diamonds and precious stones were sold on the street.
The sixth quadrant houses The Presidential Villas and represents India's vast history spanning the third century BC till the 19th century AD, with each villa highlighting The Maurya, Chola, Mughal and Maratha dynasties.
Suites with Semi-Private Pool
The elegant Suites open into a charming patio or lounge deck that leads to a luxurious lap pool.
Suites with Terrace
With exclusive access to a spacious terrace and picturesque view of the scenic environs, these Suites’ expansive sunlit living rooms provide the atmospherics of an elegantly appointed residence.