Built  a hundred years ago, the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai has many interesting facets.

This was built by a prominent industrialist Jamshedji Tata, as he was barred from entering a 'Whites Only' Watson's Hotel in Mumbai.

There is an urban myth surrounding this hotel's architecture. The design was done at England by a renowned architect of the time called WA Stevens. According to the myth, Stevens committed suicide by jumping off its dome on seeing how the the hotel was built! The reason? it was built back-to-the-front against the design he conceived, the side that faces the Arabian Sea was actually to face Wellington Circle  (now Regal Circle).

Jamsetji Tata's vision of a grand hotel, complete with electricity and modern sanitation, two of a long list of firsts in the country.

Interestingly the Watson's Hotel, now known as the Esplanade Mansion, is India's oldest surviving cast iron building. This stand in a semi dilapidated condition in the Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai.

Named after its original owner, John Watson, the building was fabricated in England and constructed on site between 1860 and 1863.

The hotel stands next to the Gateway of India in, a short walk from both CST and Churchgate stations. The Apollo bandar from where you can get ferry service to Elephanta Island is next to the Gateway of India point.

Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai

The heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel.

The heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel.

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Mumbai Suburban Rail connections to reach Elephanta.

Mumbai Rail Network

Mumbai has a crowded by very efficient local train network.The local train rail network covers the whole city and beyond.

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Gateway of India on the Wellington Pier ( also known as Apollo Bunder)

Gateway of India

The Gateway structure stands in the edge of a pier called Wellington Pier also popularly known as Apollo Bunder.The Gateway overlooks the Arabian Sea.

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Mumbai Street

Mumbai

Elephanta Island is located at a 1 hour ferry ride from Mumbai.

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Caves in Elephanta

Elephanta in a Nutshell

What is Elephanta?Elephanta Caves is UNESCO World Heritage site is a fine specimen of rock cut architecture and art of medieval India.

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Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park Rail Route Map

How to reach Kanheri Caves

Kanheri Caves are located inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, north of Mumbai.It's about 1 hour train ride from the Churchgate station on the Harbour line of the the Mumbai Rail Network.

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Mumbai Suburban Rail Map : The suburban train route is like this :
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) – Masjid Bunder – Sandhurst Road – Byculla – Chinchpokli – Currey Road – Parel – Dadar – Matunga – Sion – Kurla – Vidyavihar – Ghatkopar – Vikhroli – Kanjurmarg – Bhandup – Nahur – Mulund – Thane – Kalwa – Mumbra – Diwa – Kopar – Dombivli – Thakurli – Kalyan – Vitthalwadi – Ulhasnagar – Ambernath – Badlapur – Vangani – Shelu – Neral – Bhivpuri Road – Karjat – Palasdari – Kelavli – Dolavli – Lowjee – Khopoli.

How to reach Ambernath

Ambarnath is a small industrial town in Thane district of Maharashtra.It is located about 60 km ( 37miles ) east of Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune route.

Ambernath

Ambarnath

The Shiva temple at Ambarnath is one of its kind in this region.This temple is a fine example of the Vesara style that was predominant in the central parts of India.

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