Gateway of India – Mumbai
The majestic Gateway of India stands tall on the waterfront of South Mumbai, at the end of Apollo Bunder in Colaba.
Why Gateway of India?
The Gateway of India memorializes the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, then referred as Bombay. On March 31 st, 1911 the Governor of Bombay laid the foundation stone and after years of construction the gate was officially opened in 1924. It is the most popular landmark for tourists and for most tourists, one of the first tour points to be visited in Mumbai. The scene that steals your attention at the Gateway of India is the huge crowd that visits the 26 metres high archway to explore the most popular monument. You could freeze some excellent moments with Polaroid instant photos. Further, as you move out from Gateway of India, you will spot the much-talked-about Taj Mahal Hotel. Its architectural beauty is a live model of heritage and contemporary progress in the whole of India.
Visitors arriving by sea, will first catch sight of Gateway of India. Facts state that this monument was the first concrete structure in Mumbai. Going further, behind the Gateway, you will notice steps leading down to the sea water and boats stationed at the shore. From here, hire or share a motor launch, or alternately go for a short cruise that takes you around the harbour. You get ferry rides to Elephanta island that is 10kms away from Gateway of India, at reasonable charges. Adding to the attraction, Marine Drive, another tourist hot-spot runs parallelly along the sea.
How do I get there?
Gateway of India is very close to Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the important railway stations in Mumbai. International airport is at a distance of 28 kms from the city centre. Road infrastructure connects the monument to most parts of the city.
Where do I stay?
There are plenty of accommodation choices. Taj Mahal Hotel, situated very close to Gateway of India, which is very comfortable and convenient for tourists. There are also budget accommodations at competitive rates in Colaba, which is a tourist hotspot with its classy environs.
What do I carry?
Any cool stuff like hats, sunglasses, binoculars. Valuables are not advisable here. Cameras are not mandatory, as there are many photographers around. However, if you want to have more memories clicked, you can cautiously carry it.