While visiting Mumbai, you have to visit the Gateway of India, the most iconic building as well as the most popular tourist attraction in all of Mumbai. Be it day or night, you will always find people from every corner of the world visiting this place. With the vast Arabian Sea on one side and bustling city of Mumbai on the other, it is indeed a landmark not to be missed.
Gateway of India was built in 1911 to commemorate King George and Queen Mary on their visit to India. If you can closer look, you will be able to see the words ‘Erected to commemorate the landing in India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the second of December MCMXI’ are inscribed at the top of the monument.
In the past, the Gateway of India served as the landing spot for the British in the harbor of Bombay. So this would be the first thing anyone arriving by boat would see of Mumbai. Hence taking that into consideration, it was designed to look majestic to all visitors to the country. On each side of the arch, there are great halls with the capacity to hold up to 600 people. But visitors are not allowed to actually enter them. You can view the Gateway for free from the outside.
Having visited this place multiple times over the years, sharing some travelers’ tips which will help you plan your visit better:
1. It gets quite crowded on weekends and holidays. Hence try to go on during the early hours on those days.
2. If you like boating, there are boating facilities as well as beautiful yachts to capture the sunrise/sunset over the Arabian Sea. The famous Elephanta Caves is also accessible from here by boat.
3. Shopping: Indulge in some street shopping at Colaba Causeway (5mins walking).
4. Food: Chill out at some iconic restaurants and cafes (eg.Cafe Mondega or Leopold) at walking distances. If you want something fancier like fine dining/ high tea, the Taj Colaba is just across the Gateway and offers beautiful views.
5. Don’t forget to click an instant photo for few hundred bucks by professional photographers when you visit it to bring back a memory with you.
I’d definitely recommend fitting the Gateway of India onto your to-see list while in Mumbai!