Built in 1903 by the Parsi industrialist J. N. Tata following an episode similar to what happened to Gandhi in South Africa (where he was thrown off a train for trying to ride in the First Class section - European only). Tata was refused entry into a nearby European hotel for being a ‘native’. So he built a much bigger and better hotel which has become Mumbai’s social epicenter (the British hotel has disappeared). Tata would also lead India’s greatest industrial family.
Built in 1924 to commemorate the 1911 Royal Visit of King George V to India, the Gateway stood as a banner to British rule in India, a state of affairs which only was to last for another couple of decades. Today, the Gateway serves as Mumbai’s focal tourist center. The arch is interesting enough, but in itself is probably not enough to absorb more than a few minutes of your time. It is the wild circus that encircles the monument which might cause you to tarry. Hordes of people push things at you to buy - post cards, even for those with cameras in hand, just in case they are inept with photographical manipulation. Directly across the street stands the magnificent Taj Mahal Hotel. Boat tours of the Mumbai harbor and rides out to Elefanta Island take off from here, as well.
No one should miss the Gateway of India when in Mumbai or it would have been like you haven't visited at all! Stunning views of the Mumbai Habour with plenty of people watching. It is a favourite gathering spot for locals and is exceptionally crowded everyday of the week. There are plenty of touts, beggars, "professional" photographers, giant balloon sellers that make up this atmospheric spot and your bounded to be stared by almost everyone. The Gateway of India is conveniently situated right in front of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower which is undoubtedly the most famous hotel in the city. There are also horse drawn carriage rides along the harbour area which is best appreciated at night when the buildings are illuminated. Didn't personally try it as I know I would have been ripped off so bargain hard if you are thinking of it.
This stunning monument sits proudly along the waterfront. Everyone visits the Gateway at some stage in their trip to Mumbai, and it is hard to miss - standing proudly on the waterfront just opposite the Taj hotel it is a must see.
You can't walk through the arches as they are railed off, but you can look up inside the arches and see the beautiful lattice work.
Just Enjoy this Magnificent Monumant from the British Colonial Past , A must see when in Mumbai . the name speaks for its self "Gateway of India". Stroll along the pathway for a leisurely walk any time of the day . its always packed with people , tourists and sight seekers. Theres a jetty where you can go for a boat ride and also hop on to a ferry to visit "Elephanta Caves" .
This 26 metres high stone archway is the first landmark of Bombay a visitor sees when arriving by ship. Designed by Writtet in the 16th century Gujarat style, it was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Indfia in 1911.
This crypto-Moresque archway welcomed numerous viceroys, governors and top civil servants as they disembarked by launch from their P&O steamers. An equestrain staue of Chhatrapatin Shivaji and statue of Swami Vivekhanda have been installed here.
This place is the land mark of Bombay or Mumbai, a must for all who visit Bombay.
I felt a little emotional seeing the gateway of India from the sea, my father who was expelled from Iran in 1958 by pro shah of iran forces after the ouster of mossadegh must have seen this as he came by boat from Abadan to Bombay and on to Malaysia
INS Vikrant in Mumbai
The first aircraft carrier of Indian Navy- INS Vikrant in Mumbai - had played a key role during 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. It has now been converted into a maritime museum and anchored off the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
Speaking of museums in Mumbai, INS Vikrant can be regarded as a must visit.
Thirty-five years ago, a submarine from Pakistan, PNS Ghazi, had stealthily moved out of the Karachi harbour with the mission to seek and destroy India’s powerful aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, and gain an upper hand in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Today, just the steel hatch of Ghazi, which was destroyed and sunk by the Indian navy near Vishakhapatnam harbour, is kept on display onboard the mighty Vikrant, which has been converted into a floating war memorial, the Indian Museum Ship (IMS) Vikrant.
As part of Navy Week celebrations, IMS Vikrant has been opened for public visits from November 23 to December 2, and again from December 6 to 11, with all such war exhibits on display. The entry is from Tiger Gate in Ballard Estate from 9 am to 4.30 pm daily.
INS Vikrant has always been popular with public, especially schoolchildren even since she was opened as a floating war museum in 2001. There are a lot of 1971 war memorabilia like the Alize, Seahawk and Chetak aircraft, Several 500 pound bombs, missiles, rockets, torpedoes and anti-submarine depth charges among others.’
Vikrant continues to be popular with the masses. Nearly 5 lakh people have visited the ship since 2001.
A cutaway section of the massive steam turbine engines will enable visitors to see the colossal propulsion system that once made Vikrant reach a top speed of 28 knots (or 52 kmph).
The entry tickets for Vikrant are priced at Rs 20 and Rs 10 for adults and children (below 14 years); and Rs 35 for carrying a camera.
ALL EYES: The steel hatch of Pakistani submarine Ghazi, which was sent to destroy INS Vikrant, has managed to catch the attention of people from all age groups
INS vikrant is anchored close to Gateway of India.
A 26-meter high basalt arch located in the waterfront of south Mumbai, just beside the very regal and imposing architechtural wonder of a hotel - Taj Mahal Hotel.
This also where you could take a boat ride to Elephanta Island. There are a lot of tourist operators just around this area so never get trapped on people approaching you and offering you a tour.
The Gateway to India is a great place to visit while in Mumbai. It is often very packed, especially when the last boats are arriving at the docks from Elephanta Island (around 6pm). It is a lot of fun to walk around and take pictures. There are however a lot of vendors and beggers since it is a huge tourist spots so beware! Don't miss the Gateway if you are in Mumbai, churchgate area! Leopolds cafe is just a short walk away and is a great way to end the day after a trip to The Gateway and Elephanta Island.
Built in the Indo-saracenic style, the Gateway of India is meant to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to the Darbar in Delhi in December 1911. The foundation stone was laid on March 31, 1911 and George Wittet's final design sanctioned in August 1914. Between 1915 and 1919 work proceeded on reclamations at Apollo Pier for the land on which the gateway and the new sea wall would be built. The foundations were completed in 1920.
The Gateway is built from yellow Kharodi basalt and reinforced concrete. The central dome is 48 feet in diameter and 83 feet above ground at its highest point. The whole harbour front was realigned in order to come in line with a planned esplanade which would sweep down to the centre of the town. The cost of the construction was Rs. 21 lakhs, borne mainly by the Government of India. For lack of funds, the approach road was never built, and the Gateway now stands at an angle to the road leading up to it.
The construction was completed in 1924, and the Gateway opened on December 4, 1924 by the Viceroy, Earl of Reading.
DONT FORGET: There is a boat ride from the Gateway of India. Try and make it on board. Great photo oppurtunity of the skyline........
In 1948, the last of the British troops to leave India, passed through the 26 metre high gate during a ceremony before leaving India by sea. The Gateway is a gathering point for those wishing to take ferries to beaches and also to Elephanta Island.
This is probably Mumbai’s most famous landmark and monument, standing as a commemoration to the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in 1911. Work was completed in 1924, 4 years after the foundation stone was laid. The memorial is made up of yellow basalt stone with four turrets and intricate latticework. Through the early years, the archway greeting numerous governors, viceroys and top civil servants to the city from steamers moored out in the harbour. Near the Gateway is a statue of Chhatraptin Shivaji and statue of Swami Vivekhanda.
Rarely does a hotel become a part of a city's legend, but in Mumbai, the Taj Mahal, like its inspiration in Agra, is a local landmark. This elaborate structure with its charming cupolas and oriental d?cor was actually commissioned by Jamshedji Tata, a leading Indian industrialist. The architect was a Briton by the name of Chambers, who inexplicably designed the hotel with its back the sea, a mistake that has never been rectified. Even today, the grand old lobby faces the road behind. It hardly matters, though, because the Taj is really a work of art. And from the picture windows of its quiet and elegant rooms, you still get a magnificent view of the Gateway against the backdrop of the harbour.
You can end up here via a conducted coach tour, or via any train, rixa or taxi.
This is the grand gate into India, and Mumbia (formerly named Bombay by the Britishers) city. The stone was laid by Lord Sydenham in 1913, completed in 1927, to commemorate George V's visit in 1911.
Close by you will see Taj Mahal Hotel & Towers, the ultimate Hotel of India; where depending on the room/suite you choose, no luxury is spared!
You will see a lot of activity here, people going about their daily work, and tourists.
You can take a cruiser to Elephanta Caves from here.