One of the two most famous of the Sausalito houseboats, the "Taj Majal", gets its name because it's a miniature version of the Taj Mahal in India. For most of the last four decades it's been a private home, although it was used as a bed and breakfast inn for a few years.
Insiders Tip: Websites that list the Taj Mahal as an inn are out of date. People also sometimes confuse the Taj Mahal with the aforementioned Forbes Island.
The Taj Mahal is not in the northern Sausalito area where you'll find the other houseboats, but is moored at the end of Johnson St. in Sausalito, just north of downtown. You can walk the few blocks north from the Ferry pier or park near the intersection of Bridgeway and Johnson (see map below).
As you walk towards the Bay on Johnson St. from Bridgeway, bear slightly to your right so you enter the City parking lot. You'll see a wide wooden pier leading out into the Bay in front of you, which is open to the public. You'll immediately see the Taj Mahal moored at the far end of the pier. A few other houseboats will be anchored to your left.
Walk out on the pier to where the wooden walkway turns to the right, and make the right turn. In a few feet you'll come to a metal gangplank on your left. Following the gangplank will take you to the front of the Taj Mahal. The home is not open for visits by the public, and please respect peoples' privacy whenever visiting the docks.
The satellite image below shows the Taj Mahal moored at the end of the pier. Below it is a map to the intersection of Bridgeway and Johnson where you can park. Both Google Maps can be zoomed and scrolled using the buttons.
Google Map Instructions: Use the "+" and "-" buttons to zoom in and out, the arrow keys to scroll the map, and the SAT button to see the satellite view.
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