Mind Blowing History Of TATA's Taj Hotel Mumbai

‘Diamond by the sea’ – the Taj Mahal Palace is an architectural jewel in Mumbai.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was the first building in Bombay to be lit by electricity.

At one time, it was believed that Jamshedji Tata was inspired to build this hotel after he was refused entry at Watson’s Hotel, which was restricted to ‘whites only.’

However, this story has often been challenged by various commentators who claim that Jamshed ji had built this grand hotel to gift the people a royal experience ‘worthy of Bombay.’

The Indian architects originally on the project for the Taj were Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya and D. N. Mirza; however, it was completed by an English engineer, W. A. Chambers.

Khansaheb Sorabji Ruttonji Contractor was the builder of this grand hotel, and the unique floating staircase of the Taj was his design.

Construction of the Taj cost over Rs. 4 crores. The hotel is a six-story building with a central Moorish dome and magnificent architecture of the Indo-Saracenic style.

Not many know that during the First World War (1914–1918), the hotel was converted into a hospital with 600 beds.

In 1947, independent India’s first speech to industry was also made at the hotel.