§ B?mbay with 220 r??ms. M?han Singh
& the Catering Industry as we kn?w started in the 19th century with the
devel?pment ?f maj?r cities, easier sea travel & c?ming up ?f railways.
During M?gul rule, the f?rts & their surr?undings w?uld cater t? the needs ?f
the traveller ?ften in exchange f?r n? m?re than the st?ry ?f their adventures
during their travel ?r any news fr?m ?ther t?wns and villages they passed by.
In India, resting h?uses called serais/sarais and dharamshallas were
established ?n high ways by kings and emper?rs ?f ancient and medieval peri?ds.
M?vement ?f pe?ple b?th p?litical and pilgrimage stressed the need f?r better
and impr?ved facilities t? cater t? the varied needs ?f the vari?us classes ?f
?f m?dern h?tels that spr?uted were managed by Eur?pean families. The B?mbay h?tel
was ?pened in 1799. The British br?ught m?dern h?tels t? K?lkata. The ?ldest
was J?hn Spence’s H?tel. Spence’s, the first ever h?tel in Asia was ?pened t?
the public in 1830. The credit f?r ?pening the first Western style h?tel
under the name ?f British H?tel in B?mbay in 1840, g?es t? Pall?njee Pest?njee
was the first h?tel t? give a la carte and table de hôte menu.
Then came the Auckland h?tel by David Wils?n in Calcutta in the year 1840-41 (n?w
– The Great Eastern H?tel – ?fficially Lalit Great Eastern H?tel) is a c?l?nial
era h?tel in the Indian city ?f K?lkata – f?rmerly Calcutta) and C?nnemara h?tel
in madras in the year 1870 by E. A. ?akshr?ff. But n?w this pr?perty bel?ngs t?
In 1971-72, a beautiful palace ?f Rajasthan was linked
up t? the Taj, the lake palace in Udaipur, a marble dream, afl?at lake pich?la
and the Rambagh palace, ?riginally created at the height ?f Rajput splend?ur in
Jaipur. In 1903 he raised finance invested his ?wn m?ney, hired the best
architects and craftsmen and build the exquisitely beautiful Taj Mahal h?tel in
B?mbay with 220 r??ms. M?han Singh ?ber?i t??k Carlt?n h?tel in Shimla ?n
lease in 1927, renamed as Clarks h?tel. He t??k a building in 1933 and built
grand h?tel in Calcutta