Mumbai is the land of some renowned historical monuments among which Gateway of India leads the way, being one of the city’s unique landmarks and major tourist attraction spot. Located on the tip of Apollo Bunder, Gateway of India overlooks the Mumbai harbor and marks the chief ports for the first-time visitors of India.
Gateway of India is India’s most valued structure that got built in the year 1924. Today, it has become the favorite tourist spot that attracts vendors, food stalls and photographers to make good business through the arrival of a large number of tourists at the place. Visitors can enjoy the weather, shopping with hawkers, street food and boating at the place. It is the most popular and starting point for the tourist who came to Mumbai to explore the city’s beauty and culture.
As per the information, the Gateway of India represents the British raj in India. Its foundation is laid in 1911 by Sir George Sydenham Clarke decided to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary with this outstanding construction. Though, the plan attains the approval in 1914, the necessary lay backs at the Apollo Bunder took time. When the reclamation’s at the Apollo Bunder settled by 1919, the construction begins then and reached to the final touch by the year 1924.
This historical monument is designed in the Indo-Saracenic style molded with a large arch with height of 26m, with central dome of diameter 48 feet and total height of 83m. The most prominent feature of the Gateway of India is its 4 turrets that are designed using the intricate latticework. The design of the monument is kept in the statistical way that offers a clear view of the ships reaching and waving off the harbor.
How to reach:
A visit to the Gateway of India can be made either through air, rail or road transport, whichever is suitable for the visitor. Specific address to the Gateway is defined with location at Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai. To reach there, you can use:
Air : Countering air transport, the Chhattrapati Shivaji International airport is located at a distance of around 28 km from the Gateway. One can easily hire a taxi to the Gateway from the airport.
Rail : Unlike air transport, railway mode is located at a mere 5 minutes distance from the destination as Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus are located there. Taxis are easily available for the visitors.
Road : Mumbai buses are all time available to pick and drop you from any part to any place of the Mumbai city.
Tourist can enjoy visiting the Gateway of India during any time of the day. However, the best period to enjoy a beautiful and mesmerized visit is between November and March, after the monsoon climate is over.
Gateway of India symbolizes a great combination of history and modern culture. This majestic monument is a must-watch during night. Its beautiful serenity makes it the significant figure among the visitors.