Location: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Be it the Bollywood glitteratti, the grand Taj Mahal Palace, Marine drive or Chowpatti, there are numerous shades of Mumbai and the Gateway of India is one color that every visitor waits to behold and cherish. Built during the British Raj, the Gateway of India proudly overlooks the Arabian Sea for it has commemorated the visit of King George V and Queen Marry in 1911. Later, it had also witnessed the ceremonial exit of British Raj as the first Batallion of the Somerset Light Infantry passed through it.
Designed by George Wittet, the Gateway of India was inaugurated on 4th December 1924. A unique confluence of Roman, Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, it was mainly constructed with reinforced cement and yellow basalt and is intricately designed with detailed carvings. On either sides of the central arc, there is a hall but visitors are not allowed to enter the gateway.
A perfect spot to shoot and capture one of India’s magnificent monuments, rejuvenate and, of course, to enjoy a merry ferry ride, the Gateway of India is indeed a key attraction of Mumbai. It is always busy and crowded with tourists, localities and hawkers. While standing in front of the gateway, if you turn around and explore the panoramic views, you can knit a story out of it – The Taj Mahal Palace, the sea, jetties with beautifully designed boats all game to take you on a ride, the dramatic shore line and hundreds pigeons fluttering around you! And if you happen to go there in the evening and witness the edifice in the dimming light of setting sun, the experience is simply everlasting.
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