Gateway Of India

From: India Travel GuideMumbai, Goa And The West Coast

See also: Elephanta Caves

Gateway Of India
The Gateway Of India is beautifully positioned next to the waters edge and it was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary of Great Britain.

The monument was officially opened in 1924 by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading and was designed by George Wittet. The Gateway features an incredibly high central arch which contains stone carvings and positioned at the very top of the monument are four symmetrically positioned turrets, with the whole structure reaching up to an impressive 26 meters in height.

There is a large plaza that surrounds the Gateway that is often filled with local vendors and street performers and nearby there is a statue of Shivaji who was a Maratha King and who is responsible for forming the Marathas empire.

Ferries regularly depart from the dock close to the Gateway of India to visit Elephanta Island and caves as well as offering scenic trips around the harbour, which is a great way to really view the Gateway.

Location Guide
The Gateway of India is located at the waters edge near to the Wellington Pier which was formerly known as the Apollo Bunder, in the city of Mumbai in India.