The Taj Mahal Palace
Photography: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace, opened in 1903, is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark and a flagship hotel of the Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. Overlooking the Gateway of India, it has hosted kings, dignitaries and global personalities since opening. Its 285 rooms and suites blend nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern amenities. Located in Mumbai’s historical and commercial hub, it’s within walking distance of the Gateway of India, the financial hub, parliament, offices and shopping districts. The hotel offers nine acclaimed restaurants and bars, an expansive spa, gym and art gallery. With 11 newly refurbished halls and venues, the hotel is also ideal for corporate and leisure events. The The Taj Mahal Palace boasts a vast art collection, including Belgian chandeliers, tribal art, inlaid furniture and contemporary sculptures and is an evolving institution, which continues to preserve its history while moving gracefully into the future.
Taj Lake Palace
Photography: Taj Lake Palace Official Photos
Taj Lake Palace, an 18th-century marvel, appears to magically float on Lake Pichola. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh II, it served as a royal summer retreat until Maharana Bhagwat Singh transformed it into a heritage hotel in 1963.
Crafted from locally sourced marble, the palace blends Mughal and Mewari architectural influences. With 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites, it regained worldwide fame as a filming location for the James Bond film, Octopussy. The island location affords breathtaking views of City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir from every room.
The palace’s restaurants, exclusive to resident guests, offer diverse cuisines, including authentic Rajasthani at Neel Kamal and contemporary European dishes at the open-air Bhairo. Amrit Sagar bar, meanwhile, serves signature martinis and cocktails. Guests can also experience regal pampering at the J Wellness Circle, drawing from India’s wellness heritage and royal savoir vivre.
Taj Lake Palace continues the tradition of grand soirees once hosted by the Udaipur royal family. Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur boasts palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and other attractions, with vintage car tours available to explore the city of lakes.