The 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|