February 10, 2010

Gateway of India, Mumbai, India

Gateway of India - Most travellers start their Mumbai tour from this place and anyone's tour to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to this place. (Mumbai aka Bombay is the commercial capital of India). This architectural marvel is the landmark symbol of Mumbai and this is the site in Mumbai having maximum number of travellers.

The Gateway of India is an arch with an altitude of 26m from the ground. It was built in Indo-Saracenic architectural style, with some elements derived from the Muslim architectural styles of the 16th century Gujarat. This architectural marvel was built in order to commemorate the visit of British King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai (then it was called as Bombay) in December 1911. However, the construction was completed and made open to the public only in December 1924.

The Gateway of India, which is situated on the waterfront has a majestic look. The large expanse of the Arabian Sea visible from the monument enhances the beauty of the site. At the back of the monument, you can find motor boats which will take you on a ride to Elephanta Islands, another attraction of Mumbai.

Opposite to the Gateway of India, you can find Taj hotels, which was attacked by terrorists on 26th November 2008 (26/11 Mumbai terror attack).

You can easily reach this place either by public transport or on your own. This place doesn't require any introduction in Mumbai.

Happy travelling.

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