The Gateway of India is one of Mumbai’s biggest tourist attractions. The monument is situated in the Indian state of Maharashtra which is based in the south of Mumbai by the waterside.
The 26-metre monument was initially designed to greet King George V and Queen Mary on their royal visit in December 1911. However, the arch was not yet in construction, and a cardboard structure was erected for temporary use. Construction began in March 1913, when the foundations were laid, but Scottish architect, George Wittet’s plans, were officially sanctioned in 1914. Initial work to reclaim land and the construction of a new sea wall at the Apollo Bunker for the building commenced in 1915 and finished in 1919.
Architecture firm Gammon India started in construction on the arch in 1920, and the project was completed in 1924. The inauguration of the 21-Lakhs structure was led by Viceroy of India, Rufus Isaacs, Earl of Reading on 4th December 1924. The runway up to the attraction was never built due to lack of funds.
The Gateway of India is built in an Indo-Saracenic style which has 16th century Gujarati architecture elements incorporated. The arch is made with yellow Basalt, and the monument includes intricate latticework.
The arch faces the Mumbai harbour and the Taj Mahal hotel which is India’s most prestigious hotel. Many foreign dignitaries still stay at the five-star hotel which was initially built for visiting Europeans, the Maharajas and the social elites in 1903. The Taj is well-known for its excellent service and beautiful grounds.
What is the Gateway of India used for now?
The Gateway is one of India’s most popular tourist attractions and is the focal point of Mumbai’s tourism industry. Thousands of visitors travel to see the monument every day.
The Gateway is located next to five jetties including the prestigious Royal Bombay Yacht Club. Many tourists take short boat trips to see the city from this unique angle. However, the most popular destination is the Elephanta Caves – a collection of cave temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. For more information on the caves, visit our FAQs page.
To residents of Mumbai, the Gateway of India defines the beauty of the city as a culmination of historical and modern cultural importance.
Synonymous with Mumbai, the Gateway of India is one of the must-visit places in the city.
One of the best monument surrounded by the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Just get out of your house and explore this place.
A great iconic place to visit history and enjoy a great evening.