Two Mumbai luxury hotels have partially re-opened less than a month
after terrorists seized them in a major attack on India's financial hub.
Security was tight on Sunday as hotel staff re-opened the Taj Mahal Hotel's modern Tower wing and the Trident Hotel at the Oberoi complex.
About one-thousand guests attended a reception at the Taj Mahal to mark
the occasion, while the Trident held a multi-faith prayer ceremony.
Heavily-armed Islamic militants stormed both hotels in a three-day
assault on Mumbai last month that killed at least 170 people. Hotel
workers and guests were among the dead.
The attacks severely damaged the Taj Mahal's historic Palace section and the Oberoi Hotel. Both remain closed for repairs.
Hotel executives say the speed with which the facilities re-opened
shows Mumbai's resilience. Guests who came to the two hotels today say
they did so to show solidarity.
Both hotels re-opened with new security measures in place, including
private security guards, metal detectors, and X-ray scanners for
luggage. They say requests for room reservations and restaurants
bookings are pouring in.
Meanwhile, authorities in western India's Goa state have banned beach
parties over the Christmas and New Year holidays, due to security fears
following the Mumbai attacks. Thousands of tourists travel to Goa every
month to visit its beaches.