French President, Emmanuel Macron Visits Taj Nadesar Palace along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi


The iconic Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi was privileged to host the French President, Emmanuel Macron for a traditional Indian luncheon this afternoon. Accompanying him was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister along with several other Government dignitaries. President Macron, who is in India as part of a four day visit was delighted with the signature “Saatvik Thali”, meaning “food from the temples” served to him. The sumptuous vegetarian spread, sans onion and garlic was curated by the Taj Nadesar Palace to create a bespoke local experience for the visiting dignitary.

The luncheon was an apt reflection of the local culture and cuisine, including tender coconut water, jeera chaas, Palak Patta Chaat, Aloo Dum Banarasi, Benarasi Kadhi Pakora,  and Baingan Kalounji along with several other options. Desserts such as Gajar Ka Halwa and Kesariya Rasmalai topped it all off with of course the quintessential Benarasi paan.

Built in 1835 by James Prinsep for the then British residents, the palace eventually became the abode of the Benaras royal family and is named after Goddess Nadesari, the consort of Shiva.  Taj Nadesar Palace has been synonymous with royalties and celebrated statesmen since 1835 and has played host to various legendary personalities such as Prince and Princess of Wales, who later became King George V and Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II , King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, Lord Mountbatten, Jawaharlal Nehru and His Holiness Dalai Lama

About Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

Established in 1903, the iconic Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. 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. The unique portfolio comprises 100 hotels across 62 locations around the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the crown jewel has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. Vivanta provides new generation travellers a contemporary and creative hospitality experience that matches their work-hard, play-hard lifestyles.

The Gateway Hotel welcomes guests to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime, everywhere, offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style.

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is the flagship brand of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). IHCL also operates hotels in the economy segment with the Ginger brand, a pioneer in the branded budget hotel space in India and also it’s largest. Indian Hotels Company Limited runs TajSats Air Catering, a joint venture of the Indian Hotels Company, and SATS (formerly known as Singapore Airport Terminal Services), the market leader in airline catering, providing inflight catering at key cities.