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- 2 Apr 2021, THE WORLD AROUND ME … is a beautiful place!
A Walk Through The Annals of History
Having read and written so much on the once Auckland, once Wilson’s and finally “Great Eastern Hotel” as we knew it till the time that it closed shop, I had been craving to go for that Heritage Walk through the huge structure standing regally across the Governor House, on the Old Court house street since the last 180 years. To imagine the various events this mansion has been a witness to over the past close to two centuries, in itself is bound to give a shiver down the spine for anybody remotely inclined towards history! And I, being in love with the history (as long as I am not expected to get any marks for reproducing them) of my country, my city and of the British era in India, could not possibly leave the opportunity to walk through the corridors that have been tread by the likes of Ho Chi Minh, Queen Elizabeth, Nikita Khruschev, Mark Twain, Mahatma Gandhi, just to name a few…
My only remaining memory of visiting the Great Eastern Hotel was that of entering through very selectively decorated and illuminated portions of an otherwise ramshackle building. I was to attend a wedding reception at one of the grand ballrooms and trust me when I say this – I was completely put off! Was this what THE GREAT EASTERN HOTEL was like? However, the grandeur of the ballroom spoke volumes about what it had seen in its heydays! While the rest of the experience was a blur, the run-down entrance and the dull darkness of the rest of the venue had struck me bad! And as I started reading about the history of this place, it saddened me even more! How little we do to preserve parts of history!
About The LaLiT Hotels
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.