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A world away in 5 weeks - India to Sri Lanka and back

A world away in 5 weeks - India to Sri Lanka and back

Old Jun 30th, 2021, 01:41 PM
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The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel consists of two separate buildings - the classic Palace, which was built in 1903 and was India's first luxury hotel. Wandering through the Palace really gives one a sense of another time. Of elegance and of wealth - and a reminder of India's colonial position under the British. And it was the target of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 because of its symbol of India's wealth and power. There is a simple memorial to the victims of the attack in an area just off the lobby.

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Having tea










The elevator - loved it!



Memorial to the victims of the attack. The names of the victims are on the wall with candles for each








A perfect way to end the trip
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Old Jun 30th, 2021, 02:00 PM
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Like it or not, the British Colonial architecture is an amazing part of the landscape of Mumbai.












Gateway of India


The Taj Palace
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Thank you for more great photography from a fabulous trip. The decorations provided for your 30th were amazing!
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Old Jul 1st, 2021, 10:14 AM
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Those are amazing photos of Mumbai, Progol. I'm beginning to think that they are the closest I'll get to India so I appreciate them all the more!
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jacketwatch, the stay at the Taj Palace and Tower was a real treat - not our usual type of accommodation, but it really made the end of the trip special. I would’ve loved another day or more just to hang out and do nothing there!

annhig, thanks again! I don’t even feel I’ve done photo-justice to Mumbai - by this time, we were tired from traveling and our energy in photos wasn’t there. It’s a fascinating, chaotic city, and we enjoyed it a lot more than we expected to.
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jacketwatch, the stay at the Taj Palace and Tower was a real treat - not our usual type of accommodation, but it really made the end of the trip special. I wouldíve loved another day or more just to hang out and do nothing there!

annhig, thanks again! I donít even feel Iíve done photo-justice to Mumbai - by this time, we were tired from traveling and our energy in photos wasnít there. Itís a fascinating, chaotic city, and we enjoyed it a lot more than we expected to.
A friend of ours got us a great friends and family rate at the Hyatt Grand in KL however we were so busy running around we did not really have a chance to enjoy this beautiful property. We too would like to go back someday just for the same reason you gave for the Taj!
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The Taj Palace is stunning, no two ways about that...but your photography brings it all the more alive!
Thanks for sharing such marvellous pics.
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progol, I know you from the Europe forums which I frequent and stumbled upon this wonderful TR by happy chance! Iím from India, from Chennai actually, and I loved reading about your experiences, your stunning pictures bring alive the sights and colors of India. And Sri Lanka too, thanks for taking us along on your journey, I enjoyed it as much as you did!
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Old Aug 12th, 2021, 07:49 AM
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jacketwatch - the Taj was a perfect ending to our trip. And KL sounds fascinating. Maybe someday!

vpsingh - I’m so happy you enjoyed my photos! The hotel was such a wonderful treat for us - not our normal travel experience!

geetika - I’m thrilled you enjoyed the trip report and the photos! We visited with friends in Mumbai, also originally from Chennai. I wish we had time to visit that city as well, but there are just so many places to see! So glad you enjoyed our trip to Srilatha Lanka as well (though I will admit being partial to India, with its intensity and chaos, but also it’s sensual beauty).
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And a bit more touring around Mumbai...

We continued to work with Indian Panorama, who arranged a guide for a day and a driver for the remainder of our stay. Our guide, Manick, was wonderful - she had wonderful knowledge of the city and a great sense of humor, and we fully enjoyed our day with her.



We stopped by the Dhobi ghats, or open air laundry, which is still very much alive, where laundry for many of the hospitals and hotels in the city continues to be done.










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