Favorite thing More than a hundred years old now, Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a unique institution. It's the best Heritage hotel of Mumbai. Taj Hotel Mumbai offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and bay, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city of Mumbai. Taj Hotel Mumbai was the first building lit by electricity in the city of Mumbai. Taj Hotel Mumbai has 565 rooms, 46 suites, and 11 restaurants. The first 24-hour coffee shop in India was opened in this hotel in 1972. India’s first authentic Sichuan restaurant, the Golden Dragon, was opened in this hotel. It was also the first to hire English butlers.
The Taj at Apollo Bunder has many colourful stories about its history and its guests.
It is widely believed that Jamsedji Tata decided to build the hotel after he was refused entry to one of the city’s grand hotels of the time, Watson’s Hotel, as it was restricted to “whites only”.
Strange things have been reported to happen within The Taj Mahal Hotel. Taj hotel is said to be haunted by its creator/architect W. A. Chambers.
Taj Hotel Mumbai also opened the city’s first licensed bar. It also opened the country’s first international discotheque―Blow Up.
Taj Hotel Mumbai was converted into a six hundred-bed hospital during World War I.
Taj Mahal Hotel was among the four locations targeted in 2008 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks.
CNN report for more info. about that fateful day:
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Favorite thing Wanted to see Mumbai by night in Tonga (Victoria), but time did not allow me to do so, as I was visiting Mumbai for few hours only. Must see if you are staying in Mumbai for few days and if you got $100 in your pocket (Includes drop off to your Hotel and Indian Dinner). :)
Will sure do it someday!
Fondest memory No time to ride but had time to click!
Favorite thing Svastii Spa in Powai
I recently shifted to Mumbai from Hyderabad and its been a wonderful 8 months in Mumbai. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps allows to relax people in weekends in many different ways after their busy busy professional life during working days. Relaxation is so important for working professionals mumbai as many have to travel 2-3 hours commuting to their offices and another hard 10 to 12 hours of work. As such, people spend their weekends going to shopping malls, movies, near by attractions and more importantly spas(who can afford)
I am also no different to others, visit spa atleast once in 2 months and Svastii Spa in Powai is my favorite place for relaxation. I am thrilled with the interior designing, music which takes us to a completely relaxed mood and services and the hygiene is really luxury. You can check their website at http://svastii.com/spa
Fondest memory Kanheri Caves in Borivalli National Park is really one of my best memory in Mumbai, later on explored surrounding areas like matheran, alibaug, lonavala and more.
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Tipping is fairly common in India with the exception of rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers, unless you hire them for the day (although a few rupees or rounding up the fare is always appreciated). These amounts are meant as a guideline. Tip ONLY in rupees, not any other currency. Check to see if a service charge has already been added to any bill.
Waiters - generally 10-15 percent of the bill in upscale places, in smaller places (local/budget) tip Rs. 10-20.
Bellmen - Rs. 50 - 100 (depending on how much luggage).
Hotel Doorman - Rs. 50-100 when you checkout.
Hotel Maid - Rs. 100-200 for your stay (5+ days). Be sure to hand deliver.
Room Service - Rs. 20-50. (20 for smaller things, 50 for meal delivery).
Drivers/ Guides - half day/ Full day sightseeing trips Rs. 150 - 250.
Drivers/ Guides - long trips spread over many days Rs. 150 - 200 Per traveller/ day.
Porters (train stations/airports) - set the rate beforehand (around Rs. 10-20 per bag).
Favorite thing Hi Guy,
Just back from Mumbai it was a great place to explore. When I got off the Domestic flight from Goa I was told that there was a place to store the luggage at the airport. I didn't need it in the end as I hired a tour guide and a driver for the whole day. I don't know how long this place does store the luggage but the facility is definitely available.
Favorite thing The movie captures life and locales of Mumbai- both in the shanties of Dharavi and in the homes of the rich. The music of the movie, which is the toast of the Oscar, captures the diversity of musical genres of the country
JAY HO! COUNTRY ON CLOUD 9 AS " SLUMDOG" SWEEPS 8 OSCARS
Favorite thing If you enjoy reading and like to read novels set in, and about your, destination you have a great wealth of literature from which to choose.
Among my favourite novels set in Mumbai are three by Rohinton Mistry
A Parsi, born in Mumbai in 1952, he emigtrared to Toronto,Canada in 1975..
I read his novels -
Such a Long Journey
A Fine Balance
before I went to Mumbai.
Later I read
Then read all of them again.
Favorite thing One must see the local trains during peak hours of the working day. How commuters travel in the local trains is just an amazing thing to watch in Mumbai. This will show the general publics' unity and equality to travel together.
Fondest memory Mumbai is my Birth Town
Favorite thing It may sound stupid, however it is very difficult to cross the crowded streets of Mumbai. Pedestrian crossings are not found at regular places. You can see many people just crossing at any any place and might even be very dangerous to do so. The best is if you could find one of the subways to get to the other side of the road. It was curious to see this subway crossing with timings and more curious to find people sitting at the upper part, probably enjoying the good climate.
Favorite thing On this site you can locate ATM at airports and in towns when you travel, please check out this web site I include for location close to where you travel.
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Favorite thing Watching it fade into the distance as the plane takes off
Fondest memory I cant decide between the 4 crashes I was in within my 3 week stay, or being swamped by crying beggar children whilst trying to buy some chewing gum. The roads were awful, driving a nightmare, cars were relics, courtesy a dirty word. Danger around every corner. People trying to trick you, or plotting to trick you, or soliciting with people who want to swindle you. Pollution here will shorten your life. PLEASE,PLEASE dont bring children here.....for these reasons.This place has problems, imagine living in a place where wealth walks the same pavement as poverty, its everyman for themselves and if you get in the way of that, woe betide you.