The Gateway of India is Mumbai's most prominent monument and is the point of departure for most visitors who want to visit the area. The Gateway of India is a great historical landmark that was built in the country under British rule. The triumphal arch was created to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai (then, Bombay). At Apollo Bunder, a famous meeting spot, the Gateway of India was constructed. The British architect, George Wittet, designed it.
The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was laid down on March 31st 1913 by the then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai). The archway is 26 meters high and four turrets and elaborate latticework carved on stones are joined together. At the expense of 21 lakhs, the arch itself was constructed. It is designed in the Indo-Sarcenic style, while its architecture also has some influence on the Gujarati style. A hybrid of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the structure itself is very majestic.
The Gateway of India used to be the point of entry for tourists from the West in the past. Ironically, this imperial icon also became a kind of epitaph when the Raj ended in 1947: the last of the British ships that set out for England left the Gateway. This symbol of colonization has been Indianized today, attracting droves of local visitors and residents. This Mumbai landmark is a must-see tour of the area.
The Gateway faces the vast Arabian Sea, flanked by Marine Drive, a path running parallel to the sea, another draw in Mumbai. With its pristine beauty against the background of the sea, the magnificent monument is a must-visit at night. It is visited by millions of tourists around the globe every year and is a very significant figure in the lives of the people of Mumbai, as the Gateway defines the grandeur of the city that is a culmination of both, historic and modern cultural climate.