Gurgaon-based Toshali Resorts International today opened an Odia restaurant at Toshali Ratnagiri Buddhist Heritage site. The fully air-conditioned restaurant will serve guests in traditional tribal utensils. The delicacies include rice, dalma, different types of peetha, items of lobsters, fish, mutton and chicken. The restaurant currently with 24 covers will have 75 covers after expansion in a couple of months, informed a company release.
“Offering the first restaurant service at the Ratnagiri Buddhist Heritage site is a proud moment for all of us. It is a humble initiative from Toshali to cater the need of tourists coming from across the world. Soon, we will be offering accommodation as well as conference facilities to Buddhist tourists. Odisha has immense potential to attract foreign tourists especially from South East Asian countries and Sri Lanka because of Buddhism and Kalingan connection,” said T Banambar Patra, Founder and Managing Director, Toshali Resorts International.
The group is being awarded four Odisha Tourism-owned accommodation units on public-private partnership (PPP) model. All the properties are located in the Buddhist circuit of Pathrajpur, Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri. Toshali Ratnagiri will have 20 rooms including two suites which are currently under renovation along with a coffee shop and other amenities. “We will be adding swimming pool, health club, spa, coffee shop, library and a conference hall with 60 pax capacity as a part of the renovation,” Patra informed. He said that the company is working to complete all the work within next four months.
“Our focus is to develop customised packages for tourists who come to India for pilgrimage and cultural circuit visit so that they can experience the 2000-year-old Buddhist heritage of the state. We are aggressively promoting these heritage sites of Odisha through various outreach initiative with media, tour operators, embassies and universities. Special promotional activities are being planned for international tourists,” said Harihar Patra, Director-Marketing, Toshali Resorts International.