- TAJ MAHAL PALACE HOTEL: Unsaid/Unexplained Facts...
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - Appolo Bunder. Mumbai
Opened for Guests: 1903
Built by: Jamsedji Nusserwanji Tata
Some Unknown Historical Facts of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Some twenty five years before the Gateway of India was even made, J. N. Tata acquired necessary permissions to build a Hotel at Apollo Bunder at the Port of Bombay which would heartily welcome all the visitors.
J. N. Tata assigned two architects Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya and D. N. Mirza to design the original plans for the Taj Palace. But due to untimely death of Vaidya(in 1900) the project was assigned to and completed by W. A. Chambers (who designed the Watson Hotel too). These architects had worked with F. W. Steven (who designed Victoria Terminus a.k.a Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1888) which has hugely influenced their work.
======================================= That is all from the source======================================= It is said that the layout was reversed by mistake by the architect and he committed suicide from the 5th floor of the same building. Now some says that it was a misconception. Due to traffic or hot winds from the back bay (mentioned in the above mentioned source). Now, here I would say, that, this ain't any misconception, otherwise, if traffic or hot wind would be an issue then why would Taj Mahal Hotel reposition its Main Gate again to Sea Side as it was planned and on that same traffic roadside as it was in 1973? Logic, right?
Few more facts:
The building was also the first in Bombay to be lit by electricity. Eventually it also ended up having the city’s first licensed bar, India’s first all-day dining restaurant, and the country’s first international discotheque, Blow Up.
Kapil Semwal Photography at 4:45 AM
Source:http://exploreindiawithkapilsemwal.blogspot.in/2016/05/taj-mahal-palace-hotel-appolo-bunder.html?m=1 - #regrann