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taj by the harbour

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The Taj Mahal Palace (hotel) was commissioned by Jamsetji Tata and first opened its doors to guests on December 16, 1903. Tata allegedly decided to build the luxurious hotel after he was refused entry to one of the city's grand hotels of the time, Watson's, as it was restricted to 'whites only'.


During World War I, the hotel was converted into a 600-bed hospital.


The side of the hotel seen from the harbor is actually its rear. The front faces away to the west. It was deliberately built facing inland rather than to the harbor probably as a deliberate snub to the English king by Jameshedji Tata due to nationalist feelings. Five decades ago, the old front was closed off, and since then is accessed through the seaside (former rear).

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Taken on July 6, 2007