Gateway of India
Gateway of India is one of the most important landmarks in Mumbai and primarily a top attraction on every tourist’s list thanks to its grandeur and undying charm. The structure serves as a beautiful remembrance of the rich cultural heritage and it's colonial past. Gateway of India is the first structure to welcome visitors entering by sea and is popularly known as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai. Apart from its’ historic importance, it is also known for its riveting sight of stunning yachts and boats sailing in the azure sea. Gateway of India gleams like an uncrowned prince especially on rainy days as well as during sunrises and sunsets.
The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Delhi who visited the country for their official coronation as the Emperor and Empress of India. The foundation stone for the same was laid in the year 1911 by Sir George Sydenham Clarke who was the Governor of Bombay on a mere crude jetty used by fishermen. However, the final built of the same was approved in the year 1914. It was ready in the year 1924. The formal inauguration was done by the Viceroy of India on 4th December 1924.
This iconic arch monument, Gateway of India was built by an ace Scottish Architect George Wittet. The structural design of large arch has a staggering height of 26m. Yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete were the main materials used to build it. The monument combines multiple elements of Roman architecture along with 16th Century architecture of Gujarat. The spectacular arch resembles an infusion of Hindu cultural base with Muslim influences, making it a wonderful mélange of both the cultures. Of the structure, the most prominent features are the four turrets and the intricate latticework adorning it. It has been built in such a manner that the vast expanse of Arabian Sea can be seen right in front and cold breezes caress the on lookers’ faces and offer a splendid panoramic view.
Many interesting and fun filled events take place at Gateway of India to entertain the visitors. Several cruises are organized as per the weather, Indian festivals and various occasions. One festival celebrated annually is the ‘Annual Festival of Sails Regatta’ comprising of several sailboat races held at different times during the day. Events are also planned for children from 8 to 16 years to introduce them to the art of sailing.
Sail through the serene waters of Arabian Sea with sun kissed skies and soft winds brushing your face. The placidness of the waters and the playfulness of the skies are sure to put you in a drifty mood. If you are a tourist or simply a Mumbaikar wanting a break from your mundane life or someone who is craving some alone, quality time with your loved one, sailing in these aqua flowing waters is going to provide you with it all and take you on a different high. Indulge in this enthralling experience for a tranquil and scenic time or share romantic moments with a loved one. Slots for sailing are available each day right from 7 in the morning to 8 in the evening for 2 hours including 30 minutes transfer from the shore to the boat and back. The rates are different on the weekdays and weekends. You can either book the entire yacht or pay per person and travel with others. Different category of yachts and boats are available with different facilities. Some service providers also offer special services such as extensive decorations and food for occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, proposals and so on, on request. The most preferred time for tourists over the years has been early evenings. It is the perfect time as the sun is setting and the weather becomes pleasant. The last ferry is generally around 5pm.
• Witness the hypnotic sunrise and sunsets.
• Enjoy an exciting sailing experience surrounded by serene views.
• Serves as a complete photographers’ delight.
• The Elephanta Caves are situated at an hours’ distance and can be reached by ferry.
• You can gorge on the most lip smacking street food that Mumbai has to offer.
• Shop for multi colored ethnic wear and handicrafts native to Mumbai.
Gateway of India can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. From the great historical significance to the jaw dropping views, there is something for everyone, thus making Gateway of India a true enchantress.
The entry to Gateway of India is absolutely free.
• Approx. Rs 21 lakh was spent on the Arch of the Gateway of India alone in the year 1911.
• Gateway of India is an adaptation of Arc De Triomphe in Paris.
• The last ship of the British Government left the Indian shores from Gateway of India in the year 1947 making it iconic.
• India's most prestigious hotel, Taj Mahal Hotel is situated at the foot of Gateway of India.
• The statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda were installed after independence.
• The approach road to Gateway of India was not built initially due to lack of funds.
• For the British arriving to India, the gateway was a prime symbol of the "power and majesty" of the British Empire.
• The words inscribed on the stone carvings are “Erected to commemorate the landing in India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the Second Of December MCMXI”
The primary airport of Mumbai is situated in Vile Parle which is at a distance of 30 kilometers from the Gateway of India. Taxis are easily available from the airport to the Gateway of India.
Mumbai is extremely well connected by roads, highways and expressways. Buses are the most economical way of travelling. They have well defined routes and phenomenal frequencies. One can also opt for a taxi if comfort is your priority. Taxis are easily available everywhere in Mumbai.
Churchgate and Shivaji Maharaj Terminus are located at a mere distance of 5 minutes from each other. There are shared as well as individual taxis available that take you directly to Gateway of India and are affordable as well as comfortable.
Gateway of India is open throughout the day, all year round for everyone. November to March serves as the best period as the weather is cool and pleasant.
Witness the mesmerizing sunrise or sunsets that paint a picturesque scene and serves as a stunning backdrop that magnifies the beauty of the monument.
Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001