Facing the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India monument, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel blends Moorish, Florentine, and Indian architecture. The historic palace wing reopened in 2010 with 243 new rooms and 42 suites, including one that houses the sitar on which legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar composed his Concerto No. 1. George Harrison checked into the Taj in 1966 to take lessons from the maestro.
From $457. 91/(0) 22-6665-3366. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.