Gateway of India, Mumbai

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    India's most famous gateway

    by Tijavi Updated Oct 11, 2004

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    Not even Delhi's India Gate could surpass the iconic status of Mumbai's Gateway of India.

    And rightly so. Historically, the Gateway of India played a vital role in welcoming India's colonial masters (in 1927 to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary) and bidding them farewll (in 1947, when some of the last English troops staged their return to England at the port of Bombay after India's independence). Architecturally, although India Gate is more massive (read: taller), Gateway of India's intricate and exquisite architectural detail (patterend after Paris' Arc de Triomphe) more than make up for what it lacks in size.

    A must see for first timers in Mumbai.

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    For the atmosphere

    by PierreZA Written Feb 15, 2008

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    Situated at the tip of Apollo Bunder.
    It seems that this is a major tourist attraction for locals as well. Try to dodge the balloon sellers and postcard sellers. There is quite a festive atmosphere at night with many visitors to the area.
    It is also here from where boat rides departs
    Interesting architecture and it is nicely lit at night.

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    Gateway of India

    by MalenaN Written Aug 9, 2010

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    Gateway of India is a big basalt arch standing on the waterfront in Colaba district. It is a busy place, busy with people strolling around taking their photo in front of the monument, people wanting to sell big balloons, photographs or tours to Elephanta Island. The boats to Elephanta Island leaves from here and it is better to buy the ticket directly by the boat then from one of the hawkers.

    The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, but it was not completed until 1924. The arch is built in yellow basalt and reinforced concrete and is 26 metres high. It was built to commemorate a British king and when the last British troops left India in 1948 they did it through the Gateway.

    There was some blue sky for a while
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    Gateway Of India

    by goutammitra Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    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.

    The gateway of India. Me at Gateway of India. Statue of Swami Vivekananda. Statue of Chatrapati Sivaji. We are in Mumbai, are we!!

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    Gateway of India

    by SirRichard Written Dec 23, 2003

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    This Arch of Triumph in Bombay was erected to welcome a british queen and was the point from where the british said goodbye to their empire. From here you can take the ferries to Elephanta Island, 1 hour, 85 Rs.

    At the left side, The Taj Mahal Hotel.

    A watercolor of the Gate
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    Gateway of India

    by radz Written Jan 29, 2004

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    This is one of the imperial monument build by the the British goverment in Mumbai&most photograped too.It sits on top of Apollo Bunder(the place name),and front side beautiful garden not big small one ,center of the Garden, can see Shivaji statue.And seaside there are launches&cruisers anchored ,its starting point for Elephenta caves.I think its always crowded,people were rushing to get launch,
    and few street venders to sell icecreams to many Souvenires .

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    Gateway of India

    by Polly74 Written Nov 22, 2004

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    This beautiful Gateway, situated at Apollo bunder, was built to commemorate the visit of King George the fifth and Queen Mary to India in the year 1911. the Crypto Moresque archway welcomed numerous Viceroys, Governors and top civil servants as they disembarked by launch from their PO steamers.

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    Gateway of India

    by pollon Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    Almost any town has its landmark and the Gateway of India is the one of Mumbai: it's a 25 meters hight archway which was built by design of architect Gujarati in the style of the 16th century, to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.

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    Gateway of India

    by Canadienne Written Aug 18, 2003

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    During the British occupation, this monument was the first sight to greet travellers arriving by boat in India. In 1947, it also became the focal point for the official departure of the British. . .parting through the same gateway which had first greeted many of them.

    It's a fantastic place for people-watching ~ there are always lots of tourists (Indian and foreign alike), streetstalls and souvenir salesmen. It's located right across the street from the Taj Mahal Hotel so, if you aren't going to be coughing up the big bucks to stay here, this is also be your chance to stop inside for a drink or snack. The hotel is beautiful inside, as well as out, and has a killer Sunday brunch ($10 US).

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    Gateway to India

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Bombay has long been referred to as Gateway of India. A large ceremonial gateway was erected in 1911 to commemorate the first visit ever made to India by a British king and queen. Through this gateway the last British viceroy departed in 1947, marking the termination of almost 350 years of official British presence in India.
    Boat tours and ferries to Elephanta Island leave from the steps at the bottom of the Gateway.

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    Indian Museum Ship (1st Aircraft Carrier) Vikrant!

    by aadil Updated May 3, 2003

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    The IMS (Indian Museum Ship) Vikrant is anchored off the Gateway of India and daily trips to see it are arranged from the Gateway of India by motor launches and the prices are Rs100 for the launch ride as well as the visit!!! But if you want to take pictures then there is an extra charge of Rs35 for still cameras and Rs100 for video cameras!!! Timings are from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The latest addition is a new gallery depicting the role of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant during the 1971 war. Museum is not open to public during the monsoon season due to the choppy seas!!!

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    Welcome to Mumbai!

    by mamtap Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    "Welcome to Mumbai!" This was the expression I felt, when I first saw 'Gateway of India'! This is a must to see.

    This is also departing point for ferries to Elephanta Caves or other beaches. Down is a link for the Ferry Time Table. JFYI :
    http://alibagtourism.com/ferry-time-table

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    Gateway of India

    by keeweechic Written May 2, 2006

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    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.

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    Gateway of India

    by kenmerk Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Built in 1911 to commemorate a visit to India by King George V, the Gateway to India straddles the waterfront down in Mumbai's Colaba district. (I guess whenever a monarch visits somewhere u gotta build something to commerate the event...)

    There are also a number of other relics of the colonial era down here, including the equally impressive Taj Mahal Hotel. Also, if you are looking for transport to Elephanta Island, this is where the boats launch for that trip....

    Imposing Facade of the Gateway to India...

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    GATEWAY TO INDIA

    by mtncorg Written Dec 4, 2007

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    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.

    Gateway to India and the circus of life Mumbai Landmark Tourists of all sorts Stairway to the boats Boat from gateway to Elefanta Island
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