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In pictures: Mumbai hotels re-open

Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai

The two luxury hotels targeted in last month's attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai have partially re-opened for business.

Receptionists at the Trident Oberoi hotel (20 December 2008)

Although sections of the hotels remain badly damaged by the explosions and fire that engulfed them, both the Taj Mahal Palace and Trident Oberoi have been repaired sufficiently to receive guests.

Guests inside the Trident Oberoi hotel

The manager of the Trident, Rattan Keswani, said his restaurants and lounges were completely full of people when it opened, demonstrating no reluctance to return to the hotel.

A guest greets a member of the Taj Mahal Palace's staff

And later, just a few streets away at the Taj, the assembled staff were greeted by returning guests with an emotional standing ovation.

Ratan Tata greets guests

At a re-launch party attended by a thousand people inside the Taj, the hotel’s owner, Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata, insisted that “we can be hurt, but we will never fall”.

Indian security forces outside the Trident Oberoi hotel

Correspondents say heavy security was in place outside both of the hotels, and the memories of horrific events still linger.

Broken window at the Trident Oberoi hotel (left); workers paint the walls of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel (right)

All traces of the attacks have been carefully obliterated, with windows replaced and bullet holes removed from the walls.

Taj Mahal Palace hotel on fire during the attacks in Mumbai (27 November 2008)

More than 170 people died when a militant group allegedly linked to Pakistan launched multiple assaults on prominent buildings in the city.



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