Dynastic past inspires new wing at ITC Mughal in Agra, India


ITC Mughal suite poolMany resorts boast of accommodations "fit for a king," but the ITC Mughal in Agra, India, is honoring the country's ancient Mughal Dynasty queens with the debut of its Khwab Mahal, or "Palace of Dreams," wing.

The new wing at the ITC Mughal, operated by India's ITC Luxury Hotels, offers suites named for royal consorts of the Mughal Dynasty, which ruled India from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Forty-two of the hotel's "most opulent rooms and suites," as described by ITC, are located in the new wing. Highlights include five Presidential suites, laid out over 2,091 square feet and featuring indoor and outdoor living areas with Mughal-inspired but contemporary decor, marble bathrooms and "grand" four-poster beds.

Three Presidential Family suites are named for Mughal queens Nusrat Begum, Zeenat and Farzana. Each features an extra twin bedroom as well as roomy outdoor areas complete with private plunge pools, rainfall showerheads and day beds.

"We built these suites with the idea that we should be able to luxuriously accommodate all guests," said Abha Dayal, general manager, corporate relations, for ITC Hotels. "[But] these suites provide families with a parallel luxury experience, offering privacy and the very best of services and amenities that can be enjoyed equally by everyone in the traveling party."

Two additional Royal Spa Presidential suites, named Nur Jehan and Mumtaj Maha, feature the hotel's first in-suite spa treatment room, with steam rooms and Vichy showers, for private treatments from the hotel's Kaya Kalp -- the Royal Spa.

Other Khwab Mahal units include 364-square-foot Mughal Chambers and 727-square-foot Royal Mughal suites.

Khwab Mahal guests enter through a private lobby entrance and enjoy easy access to the 99,000-square-foot spa. Come mealtime, guests can dine at ITC Mughal restaurants such as Peshwari, serving "northwest frontier cuisine" in a "hands-on, rustic" setting, and the newly renovated Taj Bano, serving international fare.

Hotel officials are courting families with private, guided tours of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort as well as a host of recreation options within the 35-acre resort, including rides on six-seater tandem cycles, quad biking, tennis, PlayStation video games, air hockey tables and a swimming pool.

The ITC Mughal is focused on high-end leisure travelers, Dayal said. "However, we also have in-house conference facilities for business meetings, incentive travel groups and social events." Nightly rates in Khwab Mahal begin at about $850 for Royal Mughal suites and $2,100 for Presidential suites. For more, see www.itchotels.in.  

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