The Grand and Magnificent
Landmark Of Mumbai
principal landmark, the Gateway of India is a huge archway on the
water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the starting point for most
tourists who want to explore the city. This famous Indian monument was
built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King
George V and Queen Mary in 1911.
The Gateway of India was built by the British and designed by the
architect George Wittet. The first stone was laid by the then Governor
of Bombay on March 31st, 1913. The Gate was formally opened in 1924.
It is 26m high structures, complete with four turrets and intricate
latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the
British Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of
epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left
from the Gateway.
A Major Sightseeing Hangout - Gateway of India, Mumbai
Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Here, one
can get onto one of the bobbing little motor launches, for a short
cruise through Mumbai's splendid natural harbour. One can buy tickets
for a short cruise on the motor launches from here.
Near the Gateway of India is Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the most famous
and luxurious hotels in India. Close by are the statues of the Maratha
leader Shivaji astride his horse and of Swami Vivekananda, that add to
the charm of this Indian monument.