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Unique Heritage Hotels & Resorts In India

The MISSION..

The Practice of low impact, Educational, Ecological and culturally sensitive travel that not only benefits local communities and host countries but also Protects, Conserves, Preserves and Propagates their Nature, Heritage, Art, Culture, Belief, Lifestyle and Practices. All Within the Framework Of

WHAT THE VILLAGES AROUND KNOW, HAVE & DO

 

There is something about India that seems irresistible. Leave alone Alexander, Huien Tsang, Genghis khan…. The mughals marched in from the north west. Then came the Dutch, the French and the English. Everyone came in for different reasons. To some India was a Land of Riches. To others it was the Destination of the Soul. Whatever the reason, India never failed to enthral the visitors. Centuries later, Nothing has changed. In the past One Hundred Years, more historic monuments have been destroyed. Most Artifacts stolen. Many a Culture smashed, religions threatened and more oral traditions lost forever, than in all the years our civilization has been in existence.Today, Nature trembles where man passes. A heritage once lost is lost forever. Yet, the Rubric form of India Ever Inspires Me…

In Mid July 1896, Foundation work for this epic home started and in 1906 The Massive Project was completed by Sri Srinivasa Iyer. Generations of his family continued to live here until Mid 90’s. Then nothing changed, except that in 1996. The familial household was baptized “Sterling Swamimalai” by Steve Borgia and later INDeco hotels Swamimalai, India’s Unique Heritage Hotel. Be known that a part of this was also a home to Sankaracharya, The Hindu Pontiff. ….

THE MINT PALACE

In 1742, the second mint of the Madras Presidency was established in Chintadripet, which was shifted into Fort St.George in 1792, alongside the existing mint established in 1695. These mints were finally closed down in 1869 to make way for the Government Press. But Mint Street, once known as thanga salai remains until this day housing several gold and silver dealers.Even though the idea of positioning the wick lamp on top of the mint palace failed, the provisions created on the roof for this lighthouse were left behind and not removed.The good relationship between the East India Company and the owner of the house resulted in giving him the title of Rai Bahadur. The last owner was known a Bhansi Lal Abheerseth Bahadur.The good relationship between the East India Company and the owner of the house resulted in giving him the title of Rai Bahadur. The last owner was known a Bhansi Lal Abheerseth Bahadur.Another story of how beauty dies to bucks. INDeco has acquired all the pieces of this beautiful building with the deep desire to erect it at a suitable location where it would live forever. Interestingly, unlike many other buildings in Chettinad, every pillar, jalli frames and woodwork has been singularly edged in Rajasthan and transported to Chennai for this unique creation. No two columns are of the same dimension. Perhaps the ground floor of the Mint Palace may be reincarnated in this very compound. The dismantling of this 232 Ton Historic Monument Consumed around 72,000 Man-Hours, spread over 75 odd days and it took 58 Lorry Trips to take it from Chennai to here@INDeco.

                  The Mint Palace sleeping in the estates of INDeco Swamimalai awaiting erection 42 lorries, 120 Conservation Volunteers and a hundred eighty days is all that it took for this translocation erection & conservation started in January 2015. A miraculous translocation of a Palace from the crowded erstwhile mint street in Chennai to INDeco hotels in Swamimalai.Erection & Conservation started in January 2015.A miraculous translocation of a Palace from the crowded erstwhile Mint street in Chennai to INDeco Hotels in Swamimalai.

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