The Gateway of India is, without doubt, one of the most popular tourist hotspots of Mumbai. Sitting proudly on the Apollo Bunder, it overlooks the Arabian Sea. It is one of the defining monuments of the city of Mumbai and was built in the year 1924. The construction was undertaken by the famous architect George Wittet, to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. The imposing structure of the monument is a beautiful confluence of Indian, Arabic and Western architecture and has become a popular tourist hub in the city. It is also the starting point of a number of ferry services that ply to the historic Elephanta Caves.
Nicknamed 'Mumbai's Taj Mahal', the foundation of this landmark was laid in 1911 and it was inaugurated 13 years later in 1924. The structure in itself is a made of yellow basalt and solid concrete and is embellished with numerous Muslim and Hindu motifs as well. The basalt arch of the Gateway served as the entry and exit access to India through waterways before independence and was the exit point from where the last British ship left India for England. There are statues of Swami Vivekananda and Chhatrapati Shivaji that have been installed near the Gateway as well. The view from the sea of the Gateway complex, especially at night is quite ethereal and beautiful. The Gateway of India is thus, not only a historic artefact but an example of marvellous architecture in itself!
6 months ago by Mrunal Mahadik
Right opposite the Gateway of India is Taj Colaba, which is quite a sight to look at in itself with its stunning architecture. The area also houses some of the best food joints in the city, so wander off into the bylanes and explore some for yourself.
8 months ago by Mrunal Mahadik
It is easily one of the most recognised monuments in Mumbai, there is always an influx of tourists and locals alike. There's a lot to do at gateway, you could take a ferry ride in the Arabian Sea which brings you back to gateway and enjoy the sea breeze or go to Elephanta Caves via ferry. There are also ferries available to Mandwa(Alibag)
8 months ago by Anam Shaikh
Gateway of India Gateway of India is almost synonymous with Mumbai. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, prior to the Delhi Durbar in December 1911. Visited by tourists and locals alike, the gateway and its promenade affords a great view of the boat-studded sea and is the connecting point for boat rides to and from the famous Elephanta Caves. The ‘Elephanta Festival of music and dance’ which was earlier held at the Elephanta caves, is now held in front of the Gateway in March every year. There are also shopping hubs nearby where you can get amazing knick-knacks, jewellery, and clothes at bargain prices. Wear cool clothing, keep yourself hydrated. Beware of pick-pockets and touts.
Be the first to add a question