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Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Tourist Destination / Place

The Gateway of India is one of the significant and unique landmarks located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The colossal structure of the Gateway of India was constructed in 1924. It is at the tip of Apollo Buder and overlooks the Mumbai harbour which is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district.

Districts/ Region

Mumbai District, Maharashtra, India.

Unique Features / Exclusivity

The Gateway of India was constructed in 1924 in commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city of Mumbai. The structure is overlooking the Mumbai Harbour and includes a large arch with a central dome supported by four intricately decorated turrets inside. Hence, both the buildings have become the centre of attraction for local and foreign tourists. The Gateway of India is a prime monument built in the 20th century in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) in India.  It was erected for the commemoration of the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Buder on their visit to India in 1911. 
In the month of March 1911, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, then Governor of Bombay, laid down the first foundation of the monument Gateway of India. The plan of this monument was approved later in 1914, and the reclamations at Apollo Bunder were finished in 1919. George Wittet, the famous architect then, made the architectural design of this monument. The final design of this monument was accepted by the authorities in 1914, and the Gateway of India became ready in all sense in 1924.

The structural design of the Gateway of India consists of a large arch which is of a height of 26m.  The ingredients such as yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete were used to build this monument. The structural design of The Gateway of India is in the Indo-Saracenic style. There are a few glimpses of Muslim architectural styles which have been used while establishing the structure of the grandiose edifice. The central dome of this monument measures a diameter of 48 feet and a total height of 83 feet. We can note the design of intricate lattice work with the four turrets which stand as the prime features of the whole structure of the Gateway of India. There are a few steps that have been built behind the arch of the monument leading to the Arabian Sea. The sight of this monument is really amazing where the structure compels us to witness the large expanse of the ‘blue blanket’ located right ahead. It looks like welcoming and giving send off to the ships and visitors.  

This fascinating monument of the Gateway of India is on the waterfront of the Apollo Buder area towards the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg in South Mumbai. The Gateway of India is popularly referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai and remains at the top of the tourist destinations in Mumbai city.

Geography

This fascinating monument of the Gateway of India is on the waterfront of the Apollo Buder area towards the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg in South Mumbai overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Weather/Climate

The prominent weather in this region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.

Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.

Winters here are comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry

Things To Do

Apart from observing the monument, taking a walk along the sea face is a refreshing experience. The sight of the Taj Hotel adds to the grandeur of the structure. Statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Swami Vivekananda remind us of the glorious past.

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Nearest Tourist Place

  • Elephanta Caves (0.1 KM)
  • Taraporewala Matsyalaya (5 KM)
  • Taj Mahal Hotel (0.3 KM)
  • Marine Drive or the Queen’s Necklace (4.2 KM)
  • Hanging garden (8.3 KM)
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (0.7 KM)
  • Haji Ali Dargah (8.1 KM)
  • Mumba Devi Temple (3.4 KM)
  • Asiatic Society of Mumbai Townhall (1.3 KM)

How To Travel To Tourist Place

By Air , Rail, Road (Flight, Train , Bus ) with distance and required time

  • By Flight :Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (24.7 KM) is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.
  • By Train : The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai and is 2.3 KM away from the Gateway of India.
  • By Bus : Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Mumbai visit by bus is the most economical for individual tourists. The government, as well as private buses, operate daily services to this route. Mumbai bus stand is at the centre of the city.

Special Food Speciality And Hotel

Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city known for its many lip-smacking dishes. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, the dishes in Mumbai boast rich taste, fieriness and impressive flavours. The cuisine of Mumbai covers a large assortment of interesting, authentic dishes and zesty seafood dishes. The staple foods consumed by the residents of Mumbai include rice, aromatic fish curries, Indian bread (chapatis and rotis), vegetable curries, pulses and desserts. Coconuts, cashew nuts, peanuts and peanut oil are some of the major ingredients used in many of Mumbai's traditional dishes. Mumbai houses many restaurants where people can enjoy some amazing food.

Accommodation Facilities Nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police Station

Various accommodation facilities are available near this place.
Kalajot Hospital (0.2 KM)
India Post Taj Mahal (0.6 KM)
Colaba Police station (0.6 KM)

Tour Operator Information

Visiting Rule and Time, Best Month To

People can visit the monument at any time of the day. The best time to visit the Gateway of India is between November to March. The post-monsoon climate is pleasant and there are very few chances for downpours at this time.

Language Spoken In Area

English, Hindi, Marathi.