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Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai

Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai
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Copyright: Muhammad Shaukat (shaukatmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1012 W: 422 N: 2711] (10141)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-21
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony Alpha 100 Digital SLR, Sony 18-70
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-11 8:34
Viewed: 2498
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is facade of the hotel building taken from the Gateway of India side. I thought this composition would offer a better view of the unique turn of the century architecture of the building.
The Taj Mahal Palace hotel resort was commissioned by Tata and first opened its doors to guests on December 16, 1903.
It is widely believed that Tata decided to build the luxurious hotel after he was refused entry to one of the city's grand hotels of the time, Watson's Hotel, as it was restricted to 'whites only'. However, this story has been challenged by some commentators that suggest that Jamsedji Tata was unlikely to have been concerned with 'revenge' against his British adversaries. Instead they suggest that the Taj was built at the urging of editor of the Times of India who felt a hotel "worthy of Bombay" was needed[1].

The original Indian architects were Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya and D. N. Mirza, but the project was completed by an English engineer W. A. Chambers. The cost of construction was £250000 (£127 million today). During World War I, the hotel was converted into a 600-bed hospital. The dome of the hotel is made from the same steel as used in the Eiffel Tower. Jamsedji Tata imported the same steel during that time. The hotel was the first in India to install and operate a steam elevator.
The side of the hotel seen from the harbour is actually its rear. The front faces away to the west. There is a widespread misconception that the architects' building plans were confused by the builder so that he built it facing away from the harbor. This is not true, as the hotel was deliberately built facing inland, possibly because the horse carriages in which guests came to the hotel could more easily approach the hotel from the city. The carriages were then taken to Wellington Mews. Four decades ago, the old front was closed off, and since then, access has been made through the harbor-side entrance.

There used to be a Green's Hotel at the Apollo Bunder, which was purchased by the Taj Mahal Hotel. It was at the Green's Hotel, that a small group of pro-Indian Goans (largely employees of the Indian state and communists) assembled and formed the Goan Liberation Council demanding that Portugal cede Goa to India, in the 1950s. This was done at the instigation of Jawaharlal Nehru, and funded by the Kamani Group of Companies. In 1973, Green's hotel was demolished and the present Tower wing was constructed in its place.
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Hello Muhammad,
Great rhytme, symmetri and nice details
Selahattin E

Hey Muhammad,

Great snap... is the photo before 26/11 or after?



very interesting and rich architecture, I like the details of windows and balkonies

nice capture sir, and obviously the detail abt hotel...TFS

An absolute icon of India and Bombay Muha.!
I ve seen it several times,a great looking place in Colaba,despite the terrible attacks nobody ever can wipe this hotel out,still going strong!;]
Good picture,the tower could be a bit less centered,but no problem,keen job.


Hi Muhamad,
Great POV and excellent detail. I love the angle of the camera here. Nice work.

Great perspective, nice details and I like the almost perfect symmetry, dear Shaukat. Good work, mate! Congratulations and TFS!


Excellent POV and composition.
Interesting architecture,lovely colours and good sharpness.
Very well done.

Great colours and details. Well composed and nice frame.
Warm regards

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-06-11 14:55]
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Hello Muhammad,
Beautiful colors, details, and that wonderful contrast and the perspective make the picture perfectly.

Ciao Muhammad

Wow!.. that is that I call of super details,
a rich architecture and with full details.
If in this facade I see the sumptuousness partially
of him, I imagine the remaining of the Hotel.
Strong contrast work well here!



Hello Muhammad,

Nice shoot very detail nd proper sharpness on every part of the building nice picture


Avi Shan

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-06-12 7:59]
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Hi Muhammad

what a great POV and what grand architecture amazingly captured, very rich, very grandiose and I like the birds flying on top of the red domes, heard a lot about this stunning hotel from friends who stayed in it and thanks for sharing such a great part of it... brillient work!

all my compliments and best regards

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-06-12 11:23]
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hi dear brother Muhammad...
What a nice detail work
What a great comp

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  • Usaf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 87 N: 312] (2160)
  • [2009-06-12 13:26]
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AOA Dear shaukat
Good point of view, now every one know abt the TAJ MAHAL HOTEL MUMBAI as it was under a terrorist attack couple of months back. its has beautiful Architecture and u have done great job. perfect light and very detailed.

Thanks for sharing

Lovely shot of the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai. tfs.

Hi Muhammad. Great POV and exciting perspective. Amazing compo.


The Taj Mahal Palace hotel looks so regal and thanks to your Note about its rich history. A high quality image, technical settings are optimum, but the image could less be centered. Regards.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-06-14 6:47]
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Hi Muhammad,

very ineteresting architectural details.
I like the symmetry here, crisp and clear.


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  • hama Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 0 N: 74] (1454)
  • [2009-06-14 8:35]
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Nice romantic angle,,,,,,,,,,,

Well done.


Salam Muhammad
Great point of view in this amazing composition
Perfect details and lighting
Very nice view, Thanks
Best wishes, Alireza

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-06-14 12:48]
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Hi Muhammad,
great perspective.Beautiful architecture.TFS.Necla.

a great shot of such a magnificient building.A veri informative note too.I like the soft colors and overcast sky with those two flying birds.Perhaps a little more cropping from right side the direction to which birds are flying can get us rid of that tip of the tower as it disturbs the balance of such a wonderful shot.TFS

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2009-06-17 15:14]

Hi Muhammad,
Great composition, lovely and effective pov and dof. Great color and definition. Good sharp. Beautiful Hotel ;-)

Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Best Regards,

ASAK Shaukath,
Beautifully done. Very good composition with great details. Very informative notes. TFS - Regards - Adil.

Fantastic pov !
I like this architectural graphism here and the birds in the sky.
Excellent work

Hi Muhammad! Beautiful capture, nice point of view, good details and sharpness. I don´t know how is looking out after 26/11, but I know it from before, realy a beauty. Best regards Csabi

Hello Muhammad,
Seen pictures of Taj hotel in hundreds.But believe me, I have never seen such stunning picture before.
I think the image is extraordinary because of very strong composition.

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