The Gateway of India ranks among the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai. It is located on the banks of the Arabian Sea is the southern waterfront of the city. The gateway is made of basalt and is 26 meters high. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the structure boasts off its regal arches. Due to its gigantic height, travelers can see the monument from a distance. The harbor is also close by. One must visit the gateway to get glimpses of the rich colonial history. Hailed as the 'Taj Mahal of Mumbai', the colossal structure greets the visitors entering the city by Sea.
The Gateway of India in Mumbai was made to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, the former name of Mumbai. The monument was designed by an architect named George Wittet and it took around 4 years to complete. The entire monument is made with yellow basalt and concrete and is designed according to the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Features of Muslim architectural styles can also be found in the monument. The top of the iconic landmark consists of a central dome, which has a diameter of 15 m and is adorned with carvings.
The harbor adjacent had to be completely restructured to allow the construction of the Gateway of India. Made in the early 20th century, it took an enormous amount of 21 lakh rupees to complete the monument. The construction work of the monument was undertaken by Gammon India Limited.
The first major occasion to take place at the Gateway of India was when the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry passed through it. They were the last British troops to leave after India became independent. The ceremony was conducted on 28th February in the year 1948.
The Gateway of India draws hundreds of tourists from various parts of the country and the world. From the area, one can also witness the wonderful sight of the sunset. One can also enjoy a boat ride on the sea. The beautiful Taj Mahal Hotel is also located nearby. The ‘Elephanta Festival of music and dance’ which was earlier held at the Elephanta caves, is now held in front of the Gateway in March every year and draws a lot of people. People can visit the monument at any time of the day and delight in wonderful moments.