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The Taj has been a symbol of Mumbai for more than 100 years

November 27, 2008

The terrorists selected Mumbai's landmark locations as venues for their murderous mayhem. These prominent and beloved Mumbai spots are part of the city's heritage, sites that Mumbaikars are extremely proud of.

'The Taj' means you are referring to that beautiful, 105-year-old hotel opposite the Gateway of India. There are other Taj properties in Mumbai, but the Taj has always meant that iconic building which is as much a symbol of the city as the imposing Gateway.

It stands proudly on Apollo Bunder -- Bunder meaning harbour -- promenade, which is a part of colonial Mumbai. It is a popular spot for walkers and sightseers. If you have been a visitor to Mumbai, this is a part of the city you would probably have visited first.

The old Taj, with its sweeping staircase and classic wood work, is not surprisingly one of the country's most expensive hotels. The Sea Lounge, its cherished cafe, overlooks the sail boats in the harbour and is known for its view as much for its trademark fare. Many Mumbaikars wept when they saw the dome of the Taj go up in flames early on Thursday morning.

Also read: The Taj Mahal completes 100 years

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