Our Royal Escape at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi | MF Travels
I have to admit that no matter how much you travel and how luxurious hotels abroad are, there is something about the grandeur and magnificence of Indian hotels and hospitality that I always cherish those memories more dearly than any other. The ITC Maurya has been known to have hosted some of the most important names from celebrities and pop stars to heads of state and diplomats like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
As I step into the lobby, I notice incredible paintings and art modelled on the style of the rock-cut Ajanta paintings, with 18 coloured glass paintings by M.F. Husain. The 437 room property imbibes and reflects the majesty and stateliness of the grand Mauryan dynasty. My royal welcome started right from being whisked off to the hotel in a plush BMW. At the entrance, I was showered with rose petals, promptly garlanded and my head was anointed with chandan tika.
I was then escorted to my stunning room which came under the ITC One category and was loaded with fresh fruits and delicious welcome treats. My inner child was left rejoicing with glee! The room featured a digital valet, an iPad console, a walk-in wardrobe and a sumptuous bathroom.I was also lucky to have my personal butler, Manisha,who was always eager to be of assistance.
My favourite aspect of my stay had to be my food experiences at the property’s exquisite restaurants. I was finally able to tick the legendary Bukhara restaurant off my bucket-list! After all, it was the first restaurant from India to enter the global list of best restaurants. Executive Chef JP Singh has led the culinary team at Bukhara since 1990 and I was told that its menu hasn’t changed for four decades.
With its rustic décor with vintage 1980s style brass work and stone walls, the restaurant looks contemporary but lets the food do the talking. I tried the iconic Dal Bukhara served with a dollop of butter along with a serving of Sikandari Raan and Murgh Malai Kebab which literally melted in my mouth.Their signature dal is a blend of black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic, simmered overnight and finished with cream. It is slow-cooked for 18 hours which teases aromas and textures out of the ingredients and they all sing together with each bite.
I also ate at the beautiful Dum Pukht and am still dreaming of my meal here. I feasted on the softest kakori kebabs, fragrant biryanis and delicately-cooked gulab ki kheer against a stunning backdrop of zardozi pankhas hanging overhead and royal blue walls embellished with golden leaves, a meal fit for the Nawabs.
In between culinary indulgences, I managed to spend some time at the Kaya Kalp Spa. Here pomegranate, the beloved fruit of the Mughals, runs as a prime motif through the spa. I was treated to an exotic pomegranate journey which started off with a pomegranate and sugar scrub followed by an hour-long invigorating massage that I didn’t want to end.
Back in my room, I checked out the ITC’s sleep menu which allows you to choose from the comfiest of pillows. I ordered my preference which arrived with a spritz of calming lavender pillow mist and proceeded to get some of the best sleep of my life. Not sure if it was all that butter, the mist or the massage but I wasn’t complaining! This is a hotel that you will remember for a lifetime, it’s regal, majestic and so awe-inspiring that I already want to go back.
Rates: Starting from Rs 9,900 per night
Address: Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Phone: 011 2611 2233