The Taj Palace, which stands as a grim reminder to the worst terror attack in Mumbai, is now witnessing a lot of activity with employees working tirelessly to prepare a portion of the hotel for receiving guests from December 21.
The Taj, a heritage building which has hosted foreign dignitaries and celebrities from across the world over the last 100 years, has been surrounded with barricades blocking a direct view of its front entrance, the location of the final standoff between security forces and terrorists.
White covers have been used to conceal the damage caused on the first floor of the heritage hotel facing the Gateway of India and its main dome, which was up in flames after grenades were lobbed at it by the terrorists.
Similarly, work is also on progress in the Taj Tower, of which 268 room including nine suites will be thrown open to guests on December 21, with workers toiling to prepare the hotel for the opening.
An employee said they were all working towards ensuring the hotel was the same as it was before the terrorists struck it on the night of November 26.
"On December 20, we are having a pre-opening party for employees and then will gear up for the opening on December 21," the employee said on condition on anonymity.
Apart from the rooms, the hotel will also throw open doors to its restaurants in the tower wing which include the upscale 'Zodiac Grill' and 'Aquarius', the lounge bar by the swimming pool, Taj officials said.