Anyone visiting Mumbai is sure to visit the Gateway of India. It is a massive structure that keeps everyone awestruck. I happened to visit the place on the first day of my visit itself, when I reached there to take the ferry that took me and my friend to Elephant Island. After coming back from the island and visiting the Jahangir Art Gallery, we spent some time at the Gateway of India. It is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Mumbai and the place is always crowded with visitors from all over the world. Since it was the evening time that we visited the place, I could see many people there with kids, family and friends.
The Gateway of India is located in Appolo Bunder, South Mumbai in Mumbai harbor, overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was here that the officials from Britain landed in Mumbai when they ruled India. It was built in 1924 to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary at Mumbai in 1911. It has a height of 26 meters and a diameter of 15 meters and is a very beautiful structure reflecting a combination of Indian and Mughal architecture.
There is the statue of Chhatrapti Shivaji opposite to the India Gate. Another attraction here is the statue of Vivekananda. Photography being one of my hobbies, I carried a camera wherever I went. So I took photographs of the India Gate and the surrounding area to keep them as a memento. There were 5 jetties here and I could see boats sailing on the sea taking tourists for a ride. Most of the boats here take tourists to and fro from the Elephant Island.
There were many vendors selling various snacks, tea and coffee. Some children carried flowers and sold them to the tourists. The luxurious and most prestigious hotel of India, the Taj Mahal Hotel, is also near the Gateway of India. We had bhel puri and pav bhaji, the trademarks of Mumbai from the road side stall and went back to my hotel after staying there for a couple of hours.