This is how the 107-year-old heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel looks today, erasing memories of fire, smoke and explosions during the 60-hour siege by heavily armed militants from Pakistan.
Any Mumbaikar would remember the carnage that began on the night of November 26, 2008. The iconic red dome of the hotel also dramatically caught fire in the battle between gunmen and security forces, hurting the pride of the city and the nation. Out of the 31 victims at Taj, 12 were staff members.
Almost two years and Rs.180 crore later, this is how it looks, a phoenix back to its glory.
The hotel, which combines Oriental, Florentine and Moorish architectural styles in its vaulted alabaster ceilings, graceful archways and marble floors, houses fine examples of modern and contemporary Indian art, and now, modern security systems too.
Of the total 285 rooms, 80 are luxury Taj Club rooms, 19 theme suites such as the Tata Suite, Pt Ravi Shankar, Dutch, Maharaja and Dolphin suites to name a few. The remaining are ‘basic luxury’, which, if you know the group, is very luxurious indeed.
Think Rs.22,000 per night for basic luxury. For the rest, think Rs 80,000 per night onwards.