Travel to Mumbai-truly the
heart of India is one of the major metropolitian cities of central
India. Mumbai treasures some of the world marvel structures,the
Elephant caves, besides this, its magnificent grandeur lies in the
majestic Gateway of India, the pristine beaches and of course the
'Bolly-Wood', the world's largest film industry.
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- Gateway of India
Gateway of India
The majestic Gateway of India is a
glorious historical memorial built during British rule. This
magnificent monument has been built in Indo-Sarcenic style to
commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.
Gateway of India is one of the finest example of colonial
architectural heritage in India. This grand structure stands at the
Apollo Bunder, a popular meeting place in Mumbai. The gateway of India
was designed by the British architect George Wittet and was opened for
general public in the year 1924.
The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was laid down by the
then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) on March 31st 1913. The total cost of
building the arch was around 21 Lakhs. The Gateway of India is 26
meters high and is coupled with four turrets. There are beautiful and
complex latticework carved on stones. The mark of Gujarati
architecture can also be seen on the monument. It is said that this
awesome structure is a blend of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and a
¤ Historical Significance
In the year 1947, when the British rule came to an end, this colonial
building became a symbol of the British Raj. The last British troop
that left India, First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry passed
through the Gateway of India on 28 February 1948. Thus , it became a
notable historical monument.
¤ Recreation facilities
You can enjoy yourself by hiring one of the little motor launches
available at the gateway of India. These launches provide short
cruises around the active city of Mumbai. Views from these cruises are
beautiful and stunning, offering unforgettable memories that stay for
a long time with you.
The Gateway of India is surrounded by some of the most reputed hotels
in India like the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the most famous and
luxurious hotels in India. The statues of the Maratha leader Shivaji
and Swami Vivekananda, stand here adding to the appeal of this
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