Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Independence Day Special

I had my cousins comes down from Norway last weekend and since India was celebrating its 61st Independence day over the weekend, my sister and I took em to the Gateway of India. The last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. One of my all time favourite structures from the British days is the Taj Palace hotel. I have always been a great fan of the architecture, interiors, restaurants shopping arcade of Taj. there is nothing about this place that I dont like. Have been there a few times but this time was special. For those of you who dont now in the picture above the high rise is the Taj Tower which is the new Taj thus ofcourse if very modern where as the structure on the left is the Taj Palace, the original Taj built to welcome King George V & Queen Mary.
For the first time, we got to actually see the most expensive rooms / suites at Taj Palace / Tower. The Taj Palace is very very classic and traditional and still has the butler service for each of the rooms n suites. The room have high ceilings and the spiral staircase. Each room has some Indian antique articraft (I hope not from Chor Bazaar). The second best suite in the Taj Palace is what we saw which costs USD 2500 per night. Unfortunately we couldnt take pictures as we were so over whelmed admiring the rooms that it just didnt strike us. Also come to think of it it would be very embarrassing to actually take pictures inside as the staff was taking us around. The best suite in the Taj Palace is the Presidential suite which was occupied and I cannot even imagine how beautiful it would be.

The Tower is very modern compared to the Palace. The most expensive room in the tower is approx USD 700 per night on the 15th floor. The hotel has 11 restaurants all restaurants have a dress code from either semi formal to formal attire. Most of the times I always went to the coffee shop Shamiana or La Patisserie the pastry shop but this time we went to Masala Kraft the Indian restaurant and the food was just yummilicious. Will cover more about the food and the restaurants another time on Ambrosia but for now am still high on the suite I saw at the Palace.

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