Gateway Of India An Indo-Saracenic Styled Monument
Gateway of India, a popular tourist destination. It is a must visit for people who opt to get Mumbai darshan in one day. Mumbai Darshan is a sightseeing tour conducted by the trip and tour advisors for people who want to visit the best corners of Mumbai in limited time. The Gateway of India is considered as a unique monument built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
About the Monument
The monument was built during British reign in Mumbai, Maharashtra State. It was constructed in the year 1924 as a colossal structure, which is located at the tip of Apollo Bunder. It is bordered by the Arabian Sea, the gateway oversees Mumbai harbour which is in Colaba district. The monument marks chief port of Mumbai and is known for famous tourist attraction. It represents the grandeur of British Rule. The complete construction cost of the monument was 21-lakhs, the expense was carried by Indian Government.
The prime objective behind the construction of Gateway of India was to honour the King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, which known dubbed as Mumbai. In the year 1911- March, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, the Governor of Bombay laid the popular monument’s first foundation. The plan of whole monument was approved and passed in the year 1914, and was completed in 1919. It was designed by Architect George Wittet, which took 4-years to complete the construction.
The structural design was constituted by 26-meter of large arch, it is built using indissoluble concrete and yellow basalt. Few styles of Muslim architectural flairs are also incorporated into the structure of grandiose edifice. The total height of the monument is 83-feet high, while the central dome is 48-feet in diameter. The four turrets are the prominent feature of the monument. There are steps behind the Gateway which are closed currently, the steps path leads to the Arabian Sea. The concept of the monument was to witness the aqueous blue carpet welcoming the visitors and ship landing on the path.
Other Tourist Attractions
Elephanta Caves are the closest tourist attraction and can be travelled by motor boats. Statues of Swami Vivekanand and Maratha Leader Shivaji are installed at the entrance gates of Elephanta Caves. The famous Taj Hotel which is considered prestigious is situated in front of the Gateway of India.
Best time to Visit
There is no such visiting hours of the monument. The period of November and March are best the period to visit, visiting during monsoon too is quiet pleasant. Definitely dropping a visit to this prized monument is worth!