Luxe Liv­ing

The Taj Ma­hal Palace, Mumbai, cel­e­brated its 114th an­niver­sary re­cently. A mile­stone well-de­served for one of the most iconic ad­dresses in the coun­try

MillionaireAsia India - - Contents - By Sam Lal

– One of the most iconic ad­dresses in the coun­try, The Taj Ma hal Palace, Mumbai, cel­e­brated its 114 th an­niver­sary

Soar­ing high above the water­front, its dis­tinc­tive red dome is em­blem­atic, em­bod­i­ment of a suc­cess story, of the rise and growth of a na­tion and much more. The Taj Ma­hal Palace, Mumbai, is not just one of the defin­ing land­marks of Max­i­mum City, it an in­sti­tu­tion that has pi­o­neered lux­u­ri­ous hos­pi­tal­ity in the coun­try and in do­ing so has be­come In­dia’s most widely-known name in its cho­sen id­iom across the world.

This iconic ad­dress cel­e­brated its 114th an­niver­sary last month, which en­cap­su­lated a jour­ney of in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence that be­gan on the 16th of De­cem­ber 1903 when The Taj Ma­hal Palace was founded by Jam­setji Tata who en­vi­sioned a ho­tel that would set bench­marks for In­dian hos­pi­tal­ity.

Stay­ing true to its founder’s vi­sion, The Taj, as it is pop­u­larly known, notched up a se­ries of firsts in its quest to cre­ate mo­ments that his­tory could jus­ti­fi­ably be proud of. To take stock of but a few, The Taj was Mumbai’s first clear land­mark that could be seen from the sea. The ho­tel, in fact, pre­ceded the Gate­way of In­dia by more than two decades. It was the first ho­tel in In­dia to have elec­tric­ity, it boasted the coun­try’s first ever 24-hour cof­fee shop, its first Sichuan restau­rant and the city’s first li­censed bar.

The ex­alted sta­tus which the ho­tel en­joys was fur­ther ce­mented in June 2017 when The Taj se­cured trade­mark rights for its ho­tel build­ing and its very dis­tinc­tive dome from the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia. There are just a hand­ful of elite struc­tures

across the world that have been able to do so and The Taj has now en­tered that very ex­clu­sive pan­theon.

It is no won­der then that the ho­tel has hosted some of the big­gest names in the world over the years. From Saro­jini Naidu to Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama and from Pan­dit Ravi Shankar An­drew Lloyd Web­ber and Mick Jag­ger, lead­ers of the world, stars and states­men, have en­joyed The Taj’s inim­itable hos­pi­tal­ity and will con­tinue to do so in the fu­ture.

“The Taj is wo­ven into the lives of generations of In­di­ans,” says Taljin­der Singh, Area Di­rec­tor – Mumbai and Gen­eral Man­ager, The Taj Ma­hal Palace. “We feel priv­i­leged in set­ting new bench­marks of fine liv­ing and serv­ing our trea­sured guests for years to come.”

The Taj Ma­hal Palace

Wasabi, The Taj Ma­hal Palace Mumbai

Pool­side, The Taj Ma­hal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Ma­hal Palace Mumbai Gate­way of In­dia Suite Bed­room

Ball Room

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