Visit to Mumbai Gateway of India :
The Gateway of India is a popular monument in Mumbai, Maharastra State, is a major tourist destination and a popular gathering spot for residents in Mumbai. Gateway of India is the starting point for most tourists who would love to explore the city of Mumbai. The monument is a reflection of the Indo-Saracen structural design, with many features of the Sixteenth millennium Islamic structure.
History of Gateway of India :
This monument almost appears as an identification of the Mumbai city, between the sea on one part & the massive Taj Resort to the other. This Gateway of India is situated at Apollo waterfront Bunder Area in the southern Mumbai. British governors used this place as the landing place and it was occupied by the distinguished passengers as well.
The Gateway of India was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. The huge arch of the Gateway of India is 26 metres in height and the central dome of this monument is approximately 49 feet and that is 15 meters in the diameter range. The construction of the gateway was completed in 1924 AD and it was opened on December 4, 1924 AD by the Viceroy, Earl of Reading.
Attractions near Gateway of India :
Today the icon of colonialism has got Indianised, illustrating groups of local visitors and citizens. Boat facilities are available in the encompassing water front side and visitors can enjoy the amazing boat drive from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island.
Opposite the gateway of India there is the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the king who used guerilla warfare to establish the Maratha empire in the Sahyadri mountain range in the 17th century, as a symbol of Maratha “pride and courage”. The is also the statue of Swami Vivekananda.
There are five jetties at the gateway. The first jetty is unique to the Nuclear Analysis Center, the second and third are used for commercial ferry operations, the fourth is closed and the fifth is exclusive to the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. After the 2008 Mumbai attacks, there has been a proposal to shut all these jetties and substitute them with two more recent ones to be built near the Bombay Presidency Radio Club nearby.
Mumbai gateway of India can hold the capacity to host about 3000 people during festivals, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, n 2012 decided to shift its venue for the 23 years old “Elephanta Festival of music and dance to this place. An the Elephanta Caves can host 700 to 800 peoples.
Today the Gateway of India stands as the finest examples of colonial architectural heritage in India as well as symbol of perfect Indo-saracenic style of architecture.