The Gateway of India is one of India’s most unique landmarks situated in the city of Mumbai. It is located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea. It adjoins the Mumbai Harbour and the Arabian Sea in the Colaba area of the city. The Gateway of India is a monument that marks India’s chief ports and is a major tourist attraction for visitors who arrive in India for the first time.
This old structure is a hard rock arch , 26 meters high ( 85 feet high ) . It is built of a yellow Kharodi basalt from nearby quarries. The central dome has a diameter of 48 ft, (14.4m); it is 83 ft (24.9m) to its apex. It has been situated right at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Road at the water’s edge in the harbor of Bombay . The total construction cost of this monument was approximately 21 lakhs and the whole expense was borne by the Indian government.
King George V and his consort Queen Mary came ashore near here in December, 1911. The foundations were laid in December 1913, but from then until 1919 construction of a seawall and reclamation of the land from the sea interrupted the project. Construction of the monument was finally begun in May 1920, and it was formally opened in December 1924.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
The Elephant Caves are located very close to the Gateway of India, and tourists can travel on motor boats to reach the Elephant Islands. The Taj Mahal Hotel is India’s most prestigious and luxurious hotel and is situated close to the Gateway of India.
|Location:||Colaba, South Mumbai|
|Highlights/Famous For:||Indo-Saracenic style of architecture|
|Nearby Tourist Attractions:||Elephanta Caves and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel|
|How to Reach:||2.5 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal and 2.4 km from Churchgate.|