Gateway of India
The foundation of Gateway of India was laid on 31st of March, 1911 to commemorate Queen Mary and King George V’ visit to India. However, it took almost 13 years to complete the construction of the monument. The Gateway of India was eventually made open to public on 4th of December in year 1924. In fact today many Indians view Gateway of India as a grand symbol of British colonialism and a sore reminder of India’s colonial rule.
The monument being historical and grand in its sheer size is complete delight for photographers and monument lovers. In fact tourists visiting Mumbai always make it a point to capture still photos and videos of Gateway of India. Gateway of India also keeps appearing in many Bollywood films and tele series which have only added to its fame across India and world.
Gateway of India is always bustling with buzzing action. Since it is a mega tourist attraction, you will always find the place over-crowded and jam packed. However, if you want to escape from crowd then there many eateries and hotels around Gateway of India where you can relish some amazing food. Just bang opposite Gateway of India is famous Taj Mahal Hotel where you can relish many international and multi-continental cuisines. There are also other well known restaurants like Leopold and Bade Miyan – all these famous restaurants are just stone throw away from Gateway of India. Gateway of India also offers amazing street food. You’ll find hordes of food stalls selling fruit salad, juice and sandwiches. Another major attraction of this tourist place is the ferry and boat services, which provides you a short trip of amazing Arabian Sea and natural harbor’s of Mumbai. These ferry and boat services are available right from early morning to late evening and also take you to Elephanta Caves.
All in all Gateway of India is surely one place of Mumbai where you and your loved ones will have unforgettable day of your life. Not only is the monument a great spectacle to watch, but the place is also buzzing with amazing crowd, and of course not to forget the amazing food the place has to offer. Gateway of India is like soul of Mumbai – any visit to Mumbai is incomplete without experiencing this historical monument.
Exact location: Located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area, South Mumbai.
Landmark Place: Jehangir art gallery.
How to reach: Take a cab from nearest railway stations: CST and Churchgate railway stations.In fact Gateway of India is in walking distance from Church gate station.
Best time to visit: Since winter is considered as best time to visit Mumbai, so preferably from October to March.