GATEWAY OF INDIA
LOCATION AND HISTORY
It is a unique gigantic monument situated in the Commercial Metropolitan city of India Mumbai that was previously known as Bombay at the time of British rule. Constructed in the year 1924 it is positioned on the riverside of Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is also known as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai.
It is an arch about 85ft high and the middle dome is about 48ft in length. It is placed in the periphery of water in Mumbai waterfront at the ending point of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg. It was made by using yellow basalt and everlasting concrete.
King George V and Queen Mary had visited India in the year 1911. It was an occasion of majestic importance for the British Empire in India. The erection of this colossal monument took place to honour the landing of King George V and Mary in India and stands as a Memento of the British rule over India. The Gateway was designed according to the architectural styles of Hindu and Muslim amalgamation. The embellishments of the monument were designed according to the Hindu style whereas the arch comprised of the Muslim style. The ultimate plan of the design that was approved in the year 1914 was made by George Wittet. The Government of India had to bear the cost of its construction that was about two-millions. It took about ten years to build this gigantic monument. Around 600 people can be place inside the huge halls on each part of the arch. It is the entrance of Governors and Viceroys upon their advent in India where they use to land.
Five Jetties are there in the Gateway of India. The first one is restricted to the Atomic Research Centre, the second and third is used for the industrial transport purposes, the fourth one remains closed and the fifth one is limited to the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. The second and third Jetties make the initial point for the Elephanta Caves, the famous tourist’s attraction and can be reached by a journey through boat for about fifty minutes. The famous places like Mandwa and Alibaug can also be reached by ferry ride from the Gateway. It is a chief tourist attraction and is admired as the meeting place for Locals flocked by Street vendors and photographers.
The Gateway had encountered three massive terrorists’ attacks at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is the witness to the major loss done to the Tower and Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in the year 2008.
HOW TO REACH
TheChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai is the nearest airport and is accessible to various countries. From there a person can hire a taxi or go by bus to reach the Gateway of India.
Mumbai being the one of the Metropolitan cities in India is connected to several important cities. There are stations named as Kurla Terminus, Dadar Terminus and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. There are regular bus services available from these stations.
Mumbai is well-connected to the important cities in India by road.
AsGateway of India is a gate by nature, a person can visit there at any time of the day.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The weather in Mumbai remains pleasant from the month of November to March and it is advisable to visit this place during those months.