However, the first luxurious Indian hotel was ‘The Taj Mahal Palace’, Mumbai – built by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata – a pioneer Industrialist, who founded the Tata group. By the end of the 19th century, multiple luxurious hotels in South India embraced western styles to the core.
What does Taj mean?
tajnoun. A tall brimless hat, usually conical or curved on top, worn in Muslim countries as a sign of distinction and prestige. Etymology: Arabic (tāj) from Persian (tāj), “crown”. tajnoun. A crown worn by Indian princes as a sign of high rank.