Taj Mahal Palace- a safe retreat for a solo traveler
Traveling solo to Mumbai this spring was the most adventurous thing I've done since crossing the straits of Gibralter to Morrocco alone as a 20 year old backpacker -3 decades ago. Of course, I figured that holing up at the Taj Mahal Palace while recovering from jet lag would be about the safest place to rest my head in this daunting city, known for its miles of ghettos. Surprisingly, people are still wary of the Taj, following the terrorist attacks in 2008. Security measures at the hotel are iron clad. Expect to go through airport type screening while entering. For an incredible luxurious hotel prices are affordable. Even the ground floor shops offer reasonably priced and gorgeous Indian textiles. The lobby bar hosts a daily happy hour. The service is outstanding. And the pool is a perfect place to recover from forays out into the white hot city, and escape the sounds of crows and bleeping cabs. Mumbai is not my favorite city but the Taj Mahal Palace has definitely made it to my top 10 list of hotels.