Gateway of India
Gateway of India - History
On the gateway of India, the following is marked:
" Erected to commemorate the landing India of their imperial majesties King George v and Queen Mary on the second of December MCMXI "
King George had to visit India to attend the Delhi Durbar in 1911. To commemorate this visit, the foundations of the Gateway of India were laid on 31st March, 1911. The work was completed and the Gateway of India was officially opened in 1924. Since then, the Gateway of India has been a tourist attraction in Mumbai.
Gateway of India - Details
Height - 26m (85ft)
Diameter of Central dome - 15m (49ft)
Material used - yellow basalt and stone.
Cost incurred - Rs. 21 lakhs.
After independence, the government of India renovated the Gateway of India and its surrounding regions.
Gateway of India - How to reach?
1. From Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal - 2.5km
Take a central local and reach CST or previously called as Victoria Terminal(VT). From CST, the Gateway of India is at a distance of about 2.5km. It is a straight road and if you have time, you can walk the distance. Beware of the Taxis. They will charge you Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 if you are an outsider. The metered cost comes to just around Rs. 20. Ask him previously how much he will take and only then sit in the taxi.
1. From Churchgate - 2.4km
Take a western local and reach Churchgate Terminal. Churchgate is the last terminal in the western railway which carries the local. From Churchgate, the Gateway of India is at a distance of about 2.4km. It is again almost straight road and if you have time, you can walk the distance. Take the Madam Cama road and you can also witness the marine drive, the necklace of Mumbai. Again, Beware of the Taxis. The metered cost of Taxi comes to just around Rs. 25.
Gateway of India - Tourist Places in the surrounding
There are ferry boats which take us to Elephanta caves. It takes about 2 hours for the entire visit around the caves and Gateway of India port.
Taj Mahal Hotel
Just in front of the Gateway of India stands the Taj Mahal Hotel. This hotel was attacked by the terrorists on 26th November. It still stands tall and shows the world the might of Mumbai. It is really a wonder.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue
Opposite the Gateway of India, there is a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There is place to sit near the statue. You can enjoy the view of the Gateway of India from this statue. It is really a nice place to hang out.
Marine Drive - The necklace
Commonly called the necklace, the marine drive is just about 1.5 km from the Gateway of India. The amazing view of Mumbai from the marine drive is simply breathtaking. If you are visiting Gateway of India, do not miss the opportunity to see the Marine drive road.