Built in 1905 by industrialist Jamsetji Tata, the Taj Mahal Palace is Indo-Gothic style, a subtle blend of Indo-Islamic, Indian, and neoclassical architecture that was so dear to the British. Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya drew up the plans, but he was replaced (after a fatal fall) by the English engineer W.A. Chambers. Despite rumours, the palace was not built in reverse. Its back is turned away from the port so that the rooms can overlook the sea. Tata was very proud to not restrict it to Europeans and to make it open to his fellow Indians. Maharajas and personalities as diverse as Gandhi, Nehru, Duke Ellington, Aldous Huxley, and the Beatles have slept in this gem. On August 15, 2010, Indian Independence Day, the palace was reopened following a 1.75 billion INR renovation. Less than two months later, Barack Obama stayed there.
The Taj Mahal Palace
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