The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai

by Vinaya HS on December 20, 2006

in The Mumbai Blog,Travel

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The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai

The splendid Taj Mahal Palace & Tower standing majestically opposite to The Gateway of India (not seen in this picture, but see below). We had a buffet lunch here (after we came back from Elephanta Island, tired and ravenous) that set us back by Rs. 1100 a head. But it was worth every rupee spent – I could not stop myself from eating a five-dessert course (I can almost hear my ex-Fitness One trainer shouting that I am quite shameless). The fresh watermelon juice was simply out of this world. Ummm…you gotta try it once.

History of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower:

{ from the Taj Hotels website }

Since it opened in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai has created its own unique history. From Maharajas and Princes to various Kings, Presidents, CEOs and entertainers, the Taj has played the perfect host, supportive of their every need.

Built in 1903, the hotel is an architectural marvel and brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city of Mumbai, showcasing contemporary Indian influences along with beautiful vaulted alabaster ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, a magnificent art collection, an eclectic collection of furniture, and a dramatic cantilever stairway.

Over the past century, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai has amassed a diverse collection of paintings and works of art and is a veritable showcase of artifacts and art of the era. From Belgian chandeliers to Goan Christian artifacts, the hotel incorporates a myriad of artistic styles and tastes.

The famed central tower.

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and The Gateway of India – two to tango!

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai




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Kishore December 20, 2006 at 2:31 PM

Hi Vinaya,

Looks like you are abt to move off from Mumbai (as we could see lot of postings on various places these days )!!

Couldn’t resist asking you..abt your placement?? Whats the news?

-Kishore

Vinaya HS December 21, 2006 at 8:32 AM

Hey Kishore,

Feels great to hear from you. You are right. I am moving away from Mumbai at the end of January and back to Namma Bengalooru. :-) I had some free time. Thought I might as well have a look in and around Mumbai.

Placements? Can’t type that in here. ;-)

Buzz me (on GTalk) and I’ll give you the scoop. :-)

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