Gateway of India in Mumbai- the colossal monument
This is the most popular destination when someone plans to visit Mumbai. It is situated in Colaba district of south Mumbai. The structure was built in the year 1924. It overlooks the harbor of Mumbai which is along the Arabian Sea in Apollo Bunder Waterfront. It was mainly constructed to offer a welcome to King George V and Queen Mary while they visited India. This gateway is also remarkable as the last troop of British left our country through The Gateway of India in Mumbai. The gateway is nicknamed as Taj Mahal of Mumbai and serves as a symbol of the rich heritage of India. The view of the gateway at night from the sea is really impressive and equals to the beauty of marine drive, queen’s necklace. This places is a must visit while in Mumbai as it comes first among all other destinations.
Structural layout Gateway of India in Mumbai
The structure exposes the mixed architectural influence of Hindu, Muslim and Roman arch. It stands to a height of 26 meters with basal, stone and concrete from local sources. The central dome has a diameter of 48 feet accompanied with a 83 feet high apex. Honeycomb structure with four series creates a unique symmetry. The Arabian Sea is best viewed from the steps behind the colossal archway.
Where to stay
Although finding a place to stay in Mumbai is not at all a problem still here are some options to help to ease your search. Besides the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel you can choose regent hotel. Hotel Suba palace, abode Bombay, hotel diplomat for a suitable home stay.
How to reach
The location being in southern most part of the city it is easily reachable through cabs and buses. From Bandra, you can opt for Bandra Worli sea link in order to reach south Mumbai. There is eastern freeway that starts from Suburbs. Buses are not recommended from Suburbs. There are bus options that leave for navy Nagar and Colaba depot. Get down at the regal stoppage and the gateway is in the walking distance.
Apart from the roadways there are railways too to reach there. It is best to get the local trains from suburbs. The nearest station on the West is Church gate and CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). Buses and taxis are available to reach there.
Things to do
The most unique experience that is offered on this gateway is the ferry rides. Ferry rides costs between 55 INR to 110 INR per person. The view of the monument could be best enjoyed from the sea. The voyage includes nearby attraction like Taj Hotel and Mumbai Harbor. These ferry options can also be taken to enjoy Alibaug and Elephant caves too.
When to visit
The months of November to march is the best moment to go as there is less possibility of rain at this time and you can enjoy your total visiting moments. The weather would be pleasant at any time of the day.
If you are on the gateway and feel to fulfill your appetite then there are a number of restaurants nearby such as golden dragon, Masala Kraft, Indigo Delicatessan and Bademiya when you can taste awesome delicacies of Mumbai.
Nearby places of interest
- One of the nearest tourist attractions is the elephant caves and motor boats are available to reach the elephant islands. You can spot the two great leaders of India- Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda at the main entrance gate.
- The other one is the famous Taj Mahal hotel which is most luxurious and prestigious hotel in the city close to The Gateway of India in Mumbai.
The place offers beautiful scenario and carrying camera is highly recommended. The song Halla Gulla of the movie Bombay is suited here. The entire country feels proud to have such an emblematic landmark in its boundary. This is just an awesome place for the history buffs, photographs and tourists. The structure of the monument has been designed in such a way that you can witness the blue blanket of Arabian Sea just ahead of it. Entry and access of ships is directly spotted which justify the gateway of India.