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June 21, 2024

The Taj Mahal Palace celebrated 120 Years

The 15th of December this year marked the spectacular 120-year journey of the Taj Mahal Palace in Apollo Bunder. On a tastefully curated evening organised at the hotel in Mumbai, an immersive Light and Sound show was organised by the poolside to commemorate the momentous occasion. This multi-sensorial experience exhibited the origin story of the historic building that has been witness to the changing tides of time, predating even the Gateway of India by two decades.  

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Since its establishment in 1903 by Jamsetji Tata, its architecture has become an integral element of the Bombay skyline, housing the most prominent figures in politics, art and business from across the globe. Over the years, it has shaped the course of India’s hospitality industry, earning its place as a paragon of the highest standards of service and fine living.  

Now, the hotel even boasts of a host of renowned restaurants such as Wasabi by Morimoto, Golden Dragon, Masala Kraft, Harbour bar, Shamiana, Souk, Sea lounge and Aquarius that aim to provide the finest culinary experiences to their guests. 

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Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL), the parent company of Taj, has built over 280 properties across hundreds of locations, each with a unique charm, yet all retaining an impossible standard of luxury and quintessential Indian warmth. The Taj Mahal Palace after all, is only the centre stone in the crown of IHCL. With a portfolio that spans continents, including India, North America, the United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, and Nepal, each hotel is a testament to the brand’s commitment to redefining luxury on a global scale.   

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In the past year, IHCL has expanded its global footprint with deals in Bhutan, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. International properties accounted for 22% of IHCL’s enterprise revenue with marked growth in key markets such as Dubai, Maldives, and London. Simultaneously, domestic business has grown in full swing, experiencing double-digit revenue growth in 2023, fuelled by major events such as the Cricket World Cup and weddings.   

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What began as a humble dream to usher innovation and luxury into the subcontinent has transformed into the largest hospitality company in India. Furthermore, it has not only served as an invaluable and intrinsic backdrop in the annals of history, but has pioneered the industry into adopting the utmost refinement and solicitude.

As the general manager, Ritesh Sharma, aptly claimed during the celebrations, “We at Taj remain committed to offering Taj service with genuine warmth, and care in the years ahead,” ensuring that the legacy of excellence and sophistication endures for generations to come. 


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