Gateway of India mumbai

The Gateway of India is a monument and a famous landmark of Mumbai. The monument is situated at Apollo Bunder, on the waterfront in South Mumbai. The Gateway is the first thing the visitors would see, who reach Mumbai by sea. It Gateway consists of a central hall with great archways, and side halls which can accommodate around 600 people. The Gateway was built during British rule to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. They visited Bombay, before visiting the Darbar in Delhi in December 1911. The Governer of Bombay laid the foundation stone on 31st March 1913, while George Wittet’s final design was sanctioned in August 1914. In the year 1920 the foundation works were completed and in 1924 the construction was finished. On December 4, 1924 the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading opened the Gateway of India. The last British troops to leave India, the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, passed via the gateway in a ceremony on February 28, 1948.

Architecture :
The Gateway built in Indo-Saracenic style, is a basalt arch measuring 26 metres high. Apart from Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the elements of Muslim architectural styles of 16th century Gujarat have also been used. It is build of Kharodi basalt and reinforced concrete. The central dome is 48 feet in diameter, while the highest point above the ground is 83 feet. he construction cost of the Gateway was Rs. 21 lakhs, the Government of India borne the construction cost. An approach road to the gateway was also planned, but it was not completed due to lack of funds.

Attractions around Gateway:
» Boat Trips – On the back side of the gateway, there are steps that leading down to the sea water. One can buy ticket and get onto the little motor boats, for a journey through Mumbai’s beautiful natural harbour. From there one can also visit the locations such as Elephanta Island.

» Taj Mahal Hotel – The hotel located very close to the Gateway is one of the most popular hotels in India. The hotel was built by Jamshedji Tata, to compete with the Watson’s hotel, then the city’s postheat hotel.Geteway Of india

» Statues of Shivaji and Vivekananda – Near the Gateway the statues Swami Vivekananda and of the Maratha leader Shivaji astride his horse are major attraction. The statues add more charm to this monument.

Accessibility :
As Gateway of India is located in Mumbai, so it is easily accessible from any part of the city.
» Air – The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located around 28 Kms away from Gateway.

» Rail – Churchgate Railway (Western Railway) is around 3 Kms away, while Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is around 5 kms. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the major rail head near the gateway.

» Road – Regular buses are available from all parts of the city. The taxi services are also available.

Accommodation :
There are plenty of accommodation choices in Mumbai ranging from Star deluxe hotels to budget hotels. Taj Mahal hotel (5 Star) is the nearest hotel from the Gateway of India.

Best Time to Visit :
The monsoon season extends from June to August. The climate remain extremely humid and sticky during May and October months. The best time to visit the Mumbai is November to March.

Facts of Mumbai.

The last time I was there, I hated it. But then, now that I stayed for atleast four days, I have been enlightened by my amchimumbai cousins. So, I can say I hate Thane but I love Mumbai 🙂Mumbai is the best place for architecture fanatics like me .The VT is so BEAUTIFUL. It’s grandeur takes your breath away. No wonder all bollywood movies starts with the overview of the area around VT and Churchgate, before zooming into the hero’s or the villain’s shoes (of course, the movies never did justice to VT!). Apparently, there are heritage walks organized for those who are short of time and want to make the most of it. Otherwise, take leave for four days and explore every nook and corner of the city. I didnt look at the Gateway of India 😦 But I will when I pass by next. I did have a good look at Kurla where the floods caused maximum damage. My cousin pointed to the “river” which flooded the district – a swamp that looks more hideous than coovum. I was wondering how more people didnt die purely from being poisoned by that “river”. And this is the state of the river even after the floods. Wonder if the Municipality is listening? Or do they want a plague before they do anything about it?

Trivia

My cousin, a train fanatic, knows which train is passing by which station. Not the Mumbai Local ones, but the GantokKanyakumari, Shatabdi types of trains! And apparently, the engines in different Zones also are built differently and look different. In India, on your mobile phones, you get to see which part of the city you are in, like when i was in the Vashi-VT train, everytime I passed a station the info changed. But in Singapore, we dont have that service at all! It is the very basic element of a location based service 🙂Mumbai trains are shockingly efficient. The only trouble being you not getting a seat. Most people who live in the surrounding districts (like New Bombay or Thane) stay put there. Mumbai isnt an attraction (which I thought it would be!). Each suburb is very self sufficient with malls too! 

Apropos Mr. Nana Chudasama’s I Love Mumbai… (November 23, 1990)

  
Apropos Mr. Nana Chudasama’s I Love Mumbai show, I have this to say: I love Bombay, but I am not quite sure if I love Mumbai.I love Bombay where the roads were washed every morning, street by street, and swept twice a day; where trams tolled along the length and breadth of the city and you could travel from Sassoon Dock to King’s Circle for an anna (Six Paise); where postmen tied putees round their legs and bus conductors punched tickets on a toll and often presented the empty tolls to children; where Air-India was owned by the Tatas and the leader of the textile workers was Comrade Dange; where people kept Dalmatians and Golden Retrivers and took them for walks at a building-less Cuffe Parade; where evey street corner was an Irani restaurant and you could beek your Sunday 6.30 cinema ticket on the telephone; where on a monthly salary of Rs.125 you could live like a king (well, perhaps, not like a king, but like a lord).

I don’t like Mumbai where the city has expanded into housing board tenements and hutment colonies and where you have to buy flats and not rent them; where ragged children and pie dogs scavenge among the garbage; where victories are banned from most roads taxi drivers take you only to destinations of their choices; where a little pedestrian subway across the road takes loner construct than three tunnels in the sea-bed joining England with France; where paintings are not sold but auctioned and where art galleries hold sales of ladies’ kaftans; where the conservancy staff is either on strike or not working; where the old Bornby Road has been turned into a bazar of fake imported goods.

I love Bonbay where you could buy a secondhand paperback for four annas (25 paise) and a new one for Rs. 1.50; where the suburns started at Worli and Bandra was a green Goan vilage; where the only Arabs in town were Arab horses at Mahalaxmi and Jimmy Bharucha used to give riding lessons in the Oval; where one stadium was enough to play cricket and the Taj was the only five-star hotel; where there were no barbed wires around the Gateway and police officers looked like police officers and not pot-bellied businessmen in khaki; where if you wanted an evening’s drive you got into the ‘C’ route at R.C. Church and rode along Marnie Drive to Tardeo and back.

I don’t much care for Mumbai where one-third on strike and one-third on work to rule; where if you want to take the family out of town in the summer you have to book seats in the train the winter before; where the dominant smell is that of urine and you have to go through a train-load of commuters to find one smiling face.

Of course, I may be totally wrong. Perhaps, there I no difference between the Bombay where S.K. Patil was the mayor and Frank Moraes the sheriff, and the Mumbai where Chhagan Bhujbal is the mayor and Nana Chudasama the sheriff

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