The Gateway of India is one of Mumbai’s most iconic monuments and landmarks. The construction of the Gateway of India was commenced in 1911 and was completed 13 years later in 1924 in order to commemorate the first visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. The gateway has an inscription that reads Erected to commemorate the landing in India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the Second of December MCMXI .
The gate is located on the Apollo Bunder road, overlooking the Arabian Sea in South Bombay. Another iconic landmark is the heritage-luxury Taj Mahal Palace Hotel which is situated right across the street from the Gateway of India. Not many know, but the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was opened close to 21 years before the completion of the Gateway of India.
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Through the British rule, this was one of the places where various governors of regions and the Viceroys would enter the country from. Today, the Gateway of India has become one the most visited tourist places to visit in Mumbai. It also has five jetties from where you can visit the Elephanta Caves or take a trip to the near-by Alibaug.
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Watch this quick time lapse video of the Gateway of India at night!
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