Marasa Sarovar Premiere Bodh Gaya is the only thematically designed hotel in the heart of holy Bodh Gaya. Located on the bank of the river Falgu, the architectural style of the entire hotel draws inspiration from the historical presence of Buddhist structures in the area – the Mahabodhi Temple, the Buddhist Monasteries and the Stupas.
The five pearls of wisdom of the Buddha – Abhaya – fearlessness, Dharmachakra – the wisdom of dharma, Varada – giving and sharing, Dhyana – unity with oneself and Bhumisparsha – oneness with the earth, are expressed in the public spaces. This wisdom guides the spiritual journey from self to divinity and is expressed through symbolism and material in each space.
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 color and has eight rooms on the ground floor and eight at the upper level. Each room is furnished with a plush divan and soft bolsters offering unsurpassed comfort.
The lobby and reception area represents Abhaya (fearlessness). The cream palette of the reception walls, beige stone flooring, green color furnishing, and the abstract rain mural on the walls all evoke the Buddhist wisdom and emotion of fearlessness.
The Lounge symbolizes Dharmachakra (Dharma) and exemplifies its essence through the use of chakra, the color white, and the season of Autumn in the furnishings.
The Café, Varada (Giving and Sharing), is a beautiful long space that connects to the outdoors on three sides offering scenic views through the large picture windows from floor to ceiling. Inside the café’s picturesque ambiance one can enjoy a multitude of delicacies featuring popular dishes from across the world accompanied by revitalizing beverages.
The banquet and conferencing area symbolizing Dhyana (Unity with Oneself) are spread over 2100sq. ft. and opens onto the veranda. It looks into a large area with ficus trees and white flowering bougainvillea creepers making it a beautiful place to hold outdoor gatherings and celebrations for all occasions.
Bhumisparsha (oneness with the earth ) is the Pool, Spa, and Gym area and is landscaped with frangipani trees bearing white flowers and ferns which complement the colours of blue, white, and green in turn echoing the emotions and essence of serenity and tranquility. Architecture and interior are designed by award-winning SJK Architects led by Shimul Javeri Kadri.
The hotel is 15 km from the airport, 11 km from Gaya railway station, and 2.7 km from the Mahabodhi temple