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One of the most defining landmarks of Mumbai’s cityscape, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai,  flagship of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and a defining city structure, turns 115 this December.

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in the year 1903, ‘The Taj’ is credited as India’s first luxury hospitality landmark which could place it amongst the greatest cities of the world. Last weekend the Taj Mahal Palace celebrated her 115th anniversary with the who’s who of the city for a charitable evening.

Hosted by Taljinder Singh, the area director of the group’s properties and the Palace’s current GM, in presence of Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO of Indian Hotels, the evening opened with a champagne reception and an art preview, followed by a sit-down dinner and live auction of canvasses donated by the Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), and ended with a post-dinner chocolate and cognac repast.

Mr Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO IHCL with Shobhaa & Dilip De at the Celebration of 115 Years to The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (1)As a part of their anniversary celebrations, a special stay package has been created to celebrate the journey of the hotel. From exploring the city before dawn to a leisurely champagne walk around the hotel; to a sunset cruise that ends with a Maharaja high-tea, the offer allows guests to experience palace life.

A Black Tie Charity Ball featuring a red carpet, a showing of vintage automobiles, a showering of flower petals, a band playing live jazz, ballroom dancing and the finest, by way of a five-course meal.

The complete proceeds of the art auction were donated to the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust (TPSWT). Founded in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, the objective of the Trust is to extend assistance to victims of terror, natural disasters, members of the armed forces and other services who demonstrate bravery in their line of work, and their family.

Mr Puneet Chhatwal,MD&CEO IHCL with Janhvi & Boney Kapoor at the Celebrationof 115 Year to The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai 2 (1)

Taljinder Singh – Area Director, Mumbai Hotels and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace said: “For more than a century the Taj dome has anchored the Mumbai skyline and continues to stand tall as an epitome of bespoke luxury. Over the last hundred years, the hotel has made a fascinating journey and become synonymous with the city’s vibrant soul. We are very proud to be part of this milestone year and take forward its all-time legacy of philanthropy and larger social causes.”

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The Taj Mahal Palace also launched a signature collection of 100 Limited Edition 18-karat gold commemorative timepieces by Nebula.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai began its journey in 1903 as IHCL’s first hotel. It has been the Group’s crown jewel that has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness, and warmth. Recently trademarked, the flagship hotel of the group completes 115 years in 2018. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai was born out of Jamsetji N. Tata’s dream to usher in a new era in Indian hospitality and bring in world-class luxury experience for guests. The hotel has been an intrinsic part of Mumbai for the past century.  A treasure-trove of invaluable memorabilia, there is a story to tell behind every pillar, a tale to narrate past every corridor, a celebration under every awning. The hotel boasts of a host of flagship restaurants such as Wasabi by Morimoto, Golden Dragon, Masala Kraft, Harbour bar, Shamiana, Souk, Sea lounge and Aquarius that offer the finest culinary experiences to guests.

For more information, please visit www.tajhotels.com