Mumbai: The famed Taj Mahal hotel, known for its exquisite architecture and super luxurious interiors, has now turned into a lifeless monument in Mumbai playing a mute spectator to the worst ever-siege situation.
With its imposing structure facing the historic Gateway of India, the heritage hotel has now borne the brunt of AK-47s gunfire and grenades blasts of the terrorists.
The Taj was commissioned by Steel Man of India, Jamshedji Tata after, according to a story, he was denied entry into one of the grandest hotels of British time - Watson’s Hotel as it was meant for ‘Whites only´.
Tata wanted to set up his own hotel which would surpass Watson’s in all its glory.
And that’s how India’s first super luxury hotel came into being.
“The hotel is a symbol of India and it is sad that it being targeted in such a way. The attack is not just on the hotel but also on the psyche of modern India,” said a senior executive of another five-star hotel preferring anonymity.
“Everyone at the Taj Hotel is greatly saddened by the act of terrorism. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who have lost their lives across the city of Mumbai,” said the Taj Hotels in a statement today.