Bihar: Bihar’s first Sarovar branded hotel opened in Bodh Gaya recently. Marasa Sarovar Premiere, a five-star property is 15 km from the airport, 11 km from Gaya railway station and 2.7 km from the Mahabodhi temple. It is Bodh Gaya’s first and only thematically designed hotel, inspired by the five wisdoms of the Buddha – Abhaya (fearlessness), Dharmachakra (the wisdom of dharma), Varada (giving and sharing), Dhyana (unity with oneself) and Bhumisparsha (oneness with the Earth) – expressed in the public spaces through symbolism.
With the latest opening, Sarovar now has 86 hotels in India, and is all set to touch 100 hotels by the end of this year. Currently, it has 6500 keys under its management. Located on the bank of the river Falgu, the architectural style of Marasa Sarovar draws inspiration from the historical presence of Buddhist structures in the area – the Mahabodhi temple, the Monasteries and the Stupas. The thematic architectural style of the hotel follows the unique framework of ‘The Vajradhatu Mandala’ – a symbolic representation of a palace, which houses five Dhyani Buddhas.
The hotel has five residential blocks overlooking five spectacular water bodies, symbolizing serenity and tranquility. Each block is named after a different colour and has eight rooms at the ground floor and eight at the upper level.
Each room is furnished with a plush divan and soft bolsters offering unsurpassed comfort. The banquet and conferencing area is spread over 2100 sq. ft. and opens onto the veranda. It looks into a large area with ficus trees and white flowering bougainvillea creepers making it a beautiful space to hold outdoor gatherings and celebrations for all occasions.