The Great gateway of India

Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is the most famous monument of Mumbai. It is located on the waterfront in Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Initially it was a crude jetty used by fisher folks and was later renovated.

Its design is a combination of both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. The Gateway is built from yellow basalt and reinforced concrete. The central dome is 15 metres in diameter and is 26 metres above ground at its highest point.

From here people can visit Elephanta Caves by ferry boats. There are luxury boats which take visitors around the harbour for a couple of hours. Opposite the Gateway stands the Royal Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Towers. The Gateway faces the vast Arabian Sea, flanked by Mumbai’s another attraction, Marine Drive, a road running parallel to the sea.

The majestic monument is a must-visit at night, in its pristine glory against the backdrop of the sea. It is visited by millions of people across the world every year.

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2 Responses to The Great gateway of India

  1. Jill says:

    India is definitely on me “too see” list, great photos!

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