Is an iconic 105-year old heritage building retains its stature as the flagship property of the group and contains 565 rooms.
The hotel has hosted a long list of notable guests including Mick Jagger, Jacques Chirac, The Duke & Duchess of Kent, Joan Collins, The King & Queen of Norway, Marianne Faithfull, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Beatles, Bill Clinton and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and also caters to professional cricket teams on tour.
From an historical and architectural point of view, The Taj Mahal Palace and the Tower are two distinct buildings, built at different times and in different architectural designs.
Commissioned by Jamsedji Tata and first opened its doors to guests on December 16, 1903.
Was build after Tata was refused entry to one of the city's grand hotels of the time, Watson's Hotel, as it was restricted to 'whites only'.
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 Towers.
The hotel was the first in India to install and operate a steam elevator.
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.
60 hours of siege at Taj left 195 people dead and hundreds injured.
At the Taj, the gunmen broke in room after room and shot occupants at point-blank range. Some were shot in the back. At the Oberoi Hotel, the second luxury hotel to be attacked, one gunman chased diners up a stairwell and at one point turned around and shot dead an elderly man standing behind him.
Commentators have described the assault as "India's 9/11", in reference to the suicide plane attacks on the US in 2001.
The claim of responsibility was made by an unknown Islamic militant group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen - a reference to a mainly Muslim region of India.
Indian media have named the surviving gunman as Azam Amir Qasab, a Pakistani.
They were not from India, and had trained in and were carrying stuff - AK-56, AK-47 and 9mm revolvers and hand grenades possibly of Chinese make.
They were told that their work was to "take hostages for safe passage". He also told them their aim was to "create an international incident, and anything big in Mumbai would be noticed all over the world".