Guwahati, December 23, 2015 - Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces announced its latest addition with the opening of the highly anticipated Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam. This hotel will be a doorway to the unexplored and magical North East India.
Mr. Tarun Gogoi, Honourable Chief Minister of Assam formally opened the hotel by unveiling a plaque in the presence of Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry, Group Chairman, Tata Group; Mr. Rakesh Sarna, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and distinguished guests. Mr. Gogoi said "Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam now called Guwahati in the modern era is the largest city of Assam, a major riverine port and one of the fastest growing cities in India. It is the natural crossroads for both business and leisure. This is a proud moment for Assam and I want to thank Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Krishna Kumar and now Mr. Cyrus Mistry without whose support this would not have been possible. The number of tourists we welcome to Assam is growing year-on-year and it is a great pleasure to partner with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces to serve this growth with the new Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati, Assam. "
Mr. Rakesh Sarna, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said "The Taj has a proud history of putting undiscovered destinations on the global map. We are delighted to enhance our presence in the North East with the new addition - Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam. We are grateful to the Government of Assam for all their support in this significant hotel development and we are committed to contributing towards Assam's thriving industry and its rich culture."
"I would like to compliment The Government of Assam for its unstinted support and commitment in bringing new infrastructure projects that will herald a new era of peace, progress and prosperity for the North Eastern region. I firmly believe that the launch of Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam will put this city on the convention and tourist map" said Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, Investment Advisor to the Honourable Chief Minister of Assam.
Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati, Assam features 150 beautifully appointed guestrooms styled with elegant sophistication. The hotel's distinctive architecture and design has been done by Singapore based eco.id. Tranquil and calming, minimalist contemporary with splashes of local colours, the hotel is spread over five acres of shaded courtyard gardens, verdant lawns and plants that are reminders of the forest trees and tea gardens of Assam.The design style is inspired by the unique architectural traditions of Assam. The main pavilion building is inspired by the famed Kamakhya temple in Guwahati while the motifs used for the main hotel building are a modern expression of Assam's strong tradition of woven crafts.
The hotel's signature oriental restaurant Umami, serves Japanese and Chinese cuisine centred on the Umami principle. All-day dining at Seven is an ode to the seven sister states of the North East, offering inventive takes on the simple and rooted culinary traditions of the area as well as familiar global cuisine including Indian, Mediterranean and pan-Asian.
No culinary experience in Assam would be complete without tea - the mainstay of Assam's culture. The Tea Lounge at Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati, Assam promises the finest exploratory tea experience for its guests. The bar,Octave pays tribute to the rich musical heritage of the region with a showcase stage for promising local musicians.
Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati, Assam is the new address for the brightest and best social and business events in the city. Offering one of the largest banqueting spaces in North East India with over 25,000 sq. ft. of flexible conference and meeting space, including a pillar-less ballroom of over 6,000 sq. ft., it is the ideal venue for select meetings, conferences and private events.
Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati is home to Jiva Spa, offering signature treatments and couples therapies to calm and re-invigorate guests. To soothe tired travellers, the hotel also offers a salon, a well-equipped fitness centre, a large outdoor pool with manicured lawns and a restorative bar set in green spaces.
Speaking on the launch of the hotel, Mr. Krishan Aggarwal, General Manager, Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati, Assam said, "We eagerly look forward to welcoming guests to Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam. The hotel is an ideal option for both business and leisure travellers as Guwahati is the gateway to both Shillong and the famous Kaziranga Sanctuary. It also offers guests a choice for successful conferences and memorable weddings."
Each Vivanta hotel presents a few unique experiences rooted in the destination. Vivanta Motifs are a representation of the Vivanta philosophy of hospitality with a difference. At Vivanta by Taj-Guwahati, Assam guests can take a tour of the Kellyden Tea Garden where Assam's finest brew is created, take in the scenery while dining on a Brahmaputra cruise complete with fresh local dishes served up from traditional recipes from the Brahmaputra belt or immerse themselves in the rich spirituality of the region on a temple tour.
The North East of India is arguably one of the few untouched regions in India with timeless forests and awe-inspiring mountain ranges. Come and explore this land still strongly rooted in its traditions of tea, tribal cultures, exotic wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.
Work hard and play hard. Relax and energize. Ideate and confer. Evolve and transform. Revel in a spirit that presents the normal with an unexpected twist. Stylish and sophisticated, Vivanta by Taj delivers premium hotel experiences with imagination, energy and efficiency. Currently comprised of 31 hotels and resorts in India and the Indian Ocean region, Vivanta by Taj is represented across key metropolitan capitals as well as popular holiday destinations like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Vivanta by Taj offers an imaginative, vivacious and stylish take on hospitality. Informal, cool and embracing the unusual. With innovative cuisine, energetic spaces, unique motifs, distinct avatars, the smart use of technology and experiences that seek to constantly engage, invigorate and relax, it appeals to the cosmopolitan world-traveler immersed in a sensory lifestyle.
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Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 99 hotels in 62 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house. www.tajhotels.com
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