Gateway of India

 

Overview

The Gateway of India is one of India's most unique landmarks situated in the city of Mumbai. The colossal structure was constructed in 1924. Located at the tip of Apollo Bunder, the gateway overlooks the Mumbai harbor, bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district. The Gateway of India is a monument that marks India's chief ports and is a major tourist attraction for visitors who arrive in India for the first time.
 
The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, prior to the Delhi Durbar, in December 1911. However, they only got to see a cardboard model of the structure since the construction did not begin till 1915. The foundation stone was laid on 31 March 1911, by the governor of Bombay Sir George Sydenham Clarke, with the final design of George Wittet sanctioned on 31 March 1913. The gateway was built from yellow basalt and concrete. Between 1915 and 1919, work proceeded at Apollo Bundar (Port) to reclaim the land on which the gateway and the new sea wall would be built. The foundations were completed in 1920, and construction was finished in 1924. The gateway was opened on 4 December 1924.
 
This ceremony was conducted on February 28, 1948, when the last set of British troops and divisions left India, post-independence.
 
The structural design of the Gateway of India is constituted of a large arch, with a height of 26m. The monument is built in yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete. The structural plan of Gateway of India is designed in the Indo-Saracenic style. One can also find traces of Muslim architectural styles incorporated in the structure of the grandiose edifice. The central dome of the monument is about 48 feet in diameter, with a total height of 83 feet. Designed with intricate latticework, the 4 turrets are the prominent features of the entire structure of the Gateway of India. There are steps constructed behind the arch of the Gateway that leads to the Arabian Sea.
 
Visiting Time: Any time of the day
 
Best time to visit:  November to March
 
How to Reach,
 
Nearest Railway Station: Mumbai Central
 
Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Maharashtra
City
Mumbai
Location
Colaba
Address
Gateway of India, Colaba, South MumbaiMumbai, Maharashtra
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Colaba
Nearest Railway Station
Mumbai Central (BCT)
Nearest Airport
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
IN
latitude : 19.088699340 longitude :72.867897030
Corporation : Mumbai
GPS Code : VABB
Open Year
December 4, 1924
Height
83 feet
Architect
Indo-Saracenic Revival
Dedicated To
George Wittet
Visiting Hours
Any time of the day

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