The most visited place in Mumbai and also by me “The Gateway of India”. While the day time the place is quite hot and humid, during evening this is an amazing place to hang around and enjoy the sea breeze. The magnificent architecture always drag you to click a pic even though you have already clicked it many times. The iconic hotel “The Taj Mahal Palace” complement the structure and create a rich ambiance of the place.
The gate way of India was built in 1924. This monument was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and subsequently the last horde of British troops left India through this gateway.
In March 1911, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, who was then the Governor of Bombay, laid down the monument’s first foundation at Apollo Bunder of Colaba district. It took 4 years to complete the monument and the reclamations were completed only in 1919. The architectural design of Gateway of India was fashioned by architect, George Wittet. The archway is 26 meters high and joined with four turrets and intricate latticework carved on stones. The arch alone was built at the cost of 21 lakhs during that time. The structure itself is quite majestic and a hybrid of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Today this is one of India’s most unique landmarks and is a most visited place in the city of Mumbai. It is located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea.
The writings on the Gateway of India which reads “Erected to commemorate the landing in India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the Second of December MCMXI”
Opposite the gateway stands the statue of Shivaji, as a symbol of Marathas “pride and courage”. The statue was unveiled on 26 January 1961 on the occasion of India’s Republic Day. The other statue in the area is that of Swami Vivekananda, by renowned sculptor Sitaram S. Arte
How to Reach: Nearest railway station is Churchgate. From there shared taxi or individual city taxi can be availed. The state transport buses can also be availed from every part of the city to reach Gateway of India.
Other attractions: The ferry / motor boat services are available for Elephanta caves from here. “Elephanta” is another tourist attraction for which you need a complete days’ time.
Apart from the Taj Palace hotel, if you love to enjoy the street food and try something different, there are two restaurants “Bade Miyan” and “Baghdadi” just behind the Taj palace hotel attracts the food aficionados during evening times. Also there are many other food joints and street shopping options are available for a complete evening.
Don’t miss an opportunity to spend an evening at “The Gate Way of India”