The Gateway of India is recognised as the pride of Mumbai. It is the most prominent monument of Mumbai and is the initial point for most tourists who want to discover the city. Gateway of India is a historical monument built during the British rule in the country. It was built as a heroic arch to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai (then, Bombay). Gateway of India was constructed at Apollo Bunder, a popular meeting place. It was planned by the British architect, George Wittet.
The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was placed by the then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) on March 31 st 1913. The archway is 26 meters high and combined with four turrets and elaborate lattice work beautifully carved on stones. It is built in Indo-Sarcenic style. The structure itself is quite majestic and a fusion of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
In the past, Gateway of India used to be the entrance point for visitors from the west. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this structure also became a sort of legend: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. This landmark of Mumbai is a must visit of the Mumbai city.
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The Gateway surfaces the vast Arabian Sea, edged 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 immaculate glory against the backdrop of the sea. It is visited by millions of tourists across the world every year and is a very substantial figure in the lives of the people of Mumbai, as the Gateway defines the grandeur of the city that is a culmination of both, historic and modern cultural environment