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The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Taljinder Singh

The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbour landmark. This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. Strategically located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, The city’s financial hub, parliament, stadium, offices and shopping districts are all located within close proximity of the hotel; as is a flourishing art and heritage precinct with must visit museums, art galleries, churches and synagogues. The airports are an hour away. For those who would like to experience fine dining in style, the hotel hosts nine of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Mumbai’s original luxury hotel has 11 newly refurbished halls and venues, ideal for occasions ranging from formal meetings to elaborate weddings.
“The Taj Mahal Palace has a very special place in not just the history of India, but specifically in the independence movement in India. There were several meetings and confabulations of our freedom fighters including Sarojini Naidu, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Nehru. They used to meet in the very rooms and suites of this hotel
pre-independence to decide on the next course of action for independence. The other not-so-well known fact is that Lord Mountbatten made the announcement that India will gain her independence after the British Parliament passed the bill on the very Grand Staircase of this hotel, which is a very significant part of India’s
history,” said Taljinder Singh, senior VP, SeleQtions and South Mumbai, and GM, The Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Mahal Tower.

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