I haven’t made it to India yet, but when I do, I’d love to see Mumbai, including the Gateway to India monument and the nearby historic Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, one of India’s grandest hotels.
At the end of 2010, the five-star Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, reopened after extensive renovations following the 2008 terrorist attacks, proving once again that it’s nothing if not resilient.
The first stone of the hotel’s foundation was laid in 1898, and its doors opened in 1903. In the more than 100 years which have passed since then, the property — nicknamed “the playground of princes” — has been the second home of maharajas and other royalty, international celebrities, world leaders and cultural icons, including, reportedly, Jacqueline Onassis, the Beatles, George Bernard Shaw, Douglas Fairbanks, Margaret Thatcher, Baz Luhrmann and Prince Charles.
The historic hotel features more than 550 elegant rooms, including 44 suites, and overlooks the iconic Gateway of India monument on the waterfront.
[The impeccably dressed staff, via #]
[The Taj Mahal Palace at left with the Gateway of India at right, via #]
[The Taj Mahal Palace exterior, via #]
The Gateway of India, which was completed in 1924, stands 85 feet tall. It was once the first thing that visitors to the city (then called Bombay) saw when arriving by boat.
[The Gateway of India, via #]
[The interior of the Gateway, via #]