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Gateway of India

Location: On waterfront in South Mumbai
Specialty: Indo-Saracenic style of architecture with 26mts high archway made of yellow basalt & reinforced concrete
Nearby Attractions: Statues of Shivaji & Vivekananda, Elephanta Island, Boat trips
Best Time to Visit: October to March

Gateway of IndiaThe Gateway of India is a veritable passage to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. Located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, this historical monument is the beginning point for most of the tourists who wish to explore the city.

Facing the Arabian Sea, flanked by the Marine Drive, this momentous monument was erected to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. The Governor of Bombay laid the foundation stone on March 31,1911. Historically significant, the Gateway of India also ironically proved to the departure point for the last British troops in 1948 after India finally gained its Independence in 1947.

The Gateway of India is built on Indo-Saracenic style with elements derived from Muslim architectural style of the 16th Century Gujarat. The imposing architecture of the Gateway of India is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into yellow basalt stone.

As a colonial remnant, the Gateway of India is a major tourist attraction in Mumbai. Behind this momentous arch a wide expanse of sea offers a short and magnificent cruise through Mumbai's spectacular natural harbor.

You can also plan a pleasant escape to the spectacular Elephanta Caves from the Gateway of India. These caves are home to rock cut temples dating back to 5th Century. You can board a ferry and enjoy a 10kms ride though the Arabian Sea to these mystical caves that are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

How to Reach Gateway of India
Reaching Gateway of India is quite easy. As Mumbai's major landmarks, Gateway of India is easily accessible from any part of the city by auto, taxi, buses or locals.

By Air
The nearest airports are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, which are well connected by all the major cities of the world and India.

By Rail/Train
The closet railway terminals are the Mumbai Central and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. For intra city travel, there is an extensive network of locals to carry you through the city.

By Road
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) operates various bus services linking the city to a number of tourist destinations. Local taxis and auto rickshaws are easily available for intra-city travel.