Three weeks after militants went on a murderous rampage in Mumbai, two of the city's high-profile targets are ready to welcome guests again. Both of Mumbai's five-star hotels—the sleek, sea-front Oberoi and the majestic 105-year-old Taj Mahal—will reopen at least some of their sections tomorrow. The main areas, however—left in tatters after shooting sprees and a 60-hour standoff with police—are expected to remain closed for months.
Inside the Oberoi, private security guards manned all lobby entrances, passing bags through metal detectors and X-ray scanners. Journalists' ID cards were checked against a press list, and reporters and photographers were patted down by hand—a far cry from the relaxed atmosphere before the attacks. Militants from the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba are accused of staging the assaults that killed 164 people.