The gateway of India is a historical monument which is located in front of the Hotel Taj Mahal in Mumbai. This monument is located on the port of the Arabian Sea in the Apollo Bunder area of South Mumbai. It is a large gate whose height is 26 meters (85 feet). It is called the gate of India for ships coming from the sea route of the Arabian Sea and is one of the few high tourist destinations in Mumbai. The monument has also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, and is the city’s top tourist attraction.
The Gateway of India was built in honor of King George V and Queen Mary Mumbai visit, as before, in December 1911, they also visited the Delhi Darbar. However, he could only see the model of this structure because its construction was not started till 1915. This structure was laid on March 31, 1911 by the governor of Bombay, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, while its final design by George Wittet was approved on 31 March 1914. This gateway was constructed with yellow basalt and concrete. The land on which the Gateway was built on was previously a crude jetty, used by the fishing community which was later renovated and used as a landing place for British governors and other prominent people.
|Place||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Construction Started||31 March 1913|
|Inaugurated||04 December, 1924|
|Built By||George Wittet|
|Visit Timing||Open to public 24 hours a day, all days of the week|
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|