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#WorldHeritageDay - April 18 is celebrated as the International Day for Monuments and Sites.
@mumbai_igers has always celebrated Bombay’s rich architectural heritage, through our PhotoWalks and features. And founder @meghnagirohtra is always happy to meet fellow history and heritage buffs!
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Photographed by @rahul_vangani
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, founder of the Tata Group, opened the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, overlooking the Arabian Sea, on 16 December 1903. It was the first Taj property and the first Taj hotel.
There are several anecdotal stories about why Tata opened it, including an incident of him being refused entry to Watsons Hotel, which permitted only Europeans.
A more plausible reason was that the 1896 onset of the plague epidemic was threatening Bombay’s fortunes. Tata set up the hotel “purely for the love of the city” and to attract people.
He travelled to places like London, Paris, Berlin and Düsseldorf to arrange for materials and pieces of art, furniture and interior artefacts for his hotel.
Built in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the original Indian architects were Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya and D. N. Mirza, and the project was completed by an English engineer, W. A. Chambers. The builder was Khansaheb Sorabji Ruttonji Contractor who also designed and built its famous central floating staircase.
The hotel was built for over ₹4 crore. Its first 17 guests were charged ₹10 for single rooms and ₹13 for rooms with attached bathrooms and fans.
It was also turned into a 600-bed hospital during World War I, from 1914 to 1918.
#tajmahalpalace #tajhotels #tajhotelmumbai #colaba at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai