After visiting “Marine Drive”, It was noon and already time for lunch. I was feeling hungry. But to save on time, and to taste the local spices and cuisines of the city, opted to stop at a closely located restaurant and had my meal there. I then moved towards the “Gateway of India” a historical Place. I was well aware of the place and the history lingering to its construction.
The Gateway of India is the most unique landmarks, not only of Mumbai city, but of India as well. The massive structure was built in the year 1924, overlooking the Mumbai harbor, with its location at the tip of the Apollo Bunder (Port). This famous tourist’s destination is actually a monument that is marked as a principal port of India.
I reached the place which was packed with people. There were vendors, food stalls, photographers, and people walking with hand in hand. It was appearing to be a hang out place, rather than place with a historical significance. There was a time when this monument represented the majesty of the British Rule in India, and now it’s a landmark of India, with people enjoying their freedom at this spot.
Architectural Layout of Gateway of India
Looking at the structural design of the Gateway of India that comprised of a huge arch which is around 26m high and has 4 towers. The yellow basalt and the indissoluble concrete used in the construction give it a beautiful hue and the strength. It is an Indo-Sarcenic style building. The arch alone was built at the cost of 21 lakhs. This structure itself is extremely adorable and replica of Arc de Triomphe located in Paris. It was completed in 1924.
The main purpose with which the gateway of India was constructed was to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.
I observed it for long, and clicked a few pictures of the place as well. I then moved towards the back where a series of stairs leads to the Arabian Sea. The place was an amazing site, and that is the reason that so many people gather here.
Interesting Facts about Gateway of India
- The Gateway of India was created by the then Government of India in the year 1920.
- The Gateway of India was built in memory of the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary, arrived on December 2, 1911.
- The foundation of this building was laid on 31 March 1911 by the then Governor of Bombay
- The Gateway of India was designed by architect George Vittet.
- After the independence, the last British army had gone back through this gate
- This building is called the gate of India for ships coming from the sea route of the Arabian Sea.
- Gateway of India acts as a starting point for the journey of the Elephanta Caves.
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