Gateway of India is a great historical monument built during British rule. It is a monument built in Indo-Sarcenic style to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. Gateway of India was built at Apollo Bunder, a popular meeting place. The gateway of India was designed by the British architect George Wittet. It was opened for general public in 1924.
The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was laid down by the then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) on March 31st 1913, the arch was built at the cost of 21 Lakhs. The archway is 26 meters high and joined with four turrets and intricate latticework carved on stones. Some influence of Gujarati style is also evident in its architecture. The structure itself is quite majestic and an unlikely hybrid of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and a Moorish palace.
There is a great historical significance related to the gateway of India. It is the point from where the last British troop had left India.
Little motor launches are available at the gateway of India by hiring one such motor launches you can enjoy a short cruise around the bustling Mumbai city. The beautiful view of the sparkling Mumbai city from a motor launches is truly a memorable experience.
Gateway of India is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mumbai. Many reputed hotels including Taj Mahal Hotel, The Oberoi Tower, Leela Kempenski and many others are located here. Hotels of all categories like deluxe, first class, Budgete hotels etc are available here.