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Gateway of India

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Location : Mumbai, India

History of Gateway of India
Gateway of indiaThe 26 meters high archway is the first landmark welcome to any visitors coming to the industrial capital city of Mumbai. The Gateway was designed by Writtet in Gujarati style in the 16th century to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in India. The picturesque archway has till now welcomed many viceroys, governors and civil servants and it can be seen standing tall from the sea as one lands from the steamers. The statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda have been installed on the gateway as a tribute.

Architecture & Significance
The Gateway is built from concrete and yellow basalt. The central dome is 48 feet in diameter and 83 feet above ground at its elevated position. The construction was completed by the year 1924 and was opened to the public by the viceroy, Earl of Reading. The archway comes complete with four turrets and lattice works that are wonder works till today. On the archway, there are steps leading downwards to the waters where one can go to the motor launches for a smooth water ride. The first battalion of the Somerset light Infantry last passed through the gate with a final see off ceremony in the year 1948. From then onwards it is just an epitaph preserving the old honour it once had.

Built in Indo -Saracenic style, it was one of the finest example of colonial architectural heritage of the Britishers in India. Though it was designed by the colonial rulers, it was funded by the Government of India and not from Britain. With the end of the British rule it remained a memorial and today is one of the major tourist attraction .

Other Attractions of Mumbai
» Hanging Gardens in Mumbai - The Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens or the Hanging Gardens were built in the year 1880 and renovated in 1921. Famous as hanging gardens because of their position and location on the slopy hills, the gardens are extraordinarily beautiful. The terrace view of the garden from south of Malabar hill towards Colaba offers an exquisite view of the breath taking landscape of the marvellous city at sunset. The gardens are built over three reservoirs which can store up to 30 millions gallons of water before being supplied to the town.

India Hanging Gardens » Afgan Church- The church was dedicated to the soldiers of the British army who laid their lives in the Singh and Afgan campaign from 1838 till 1843. The Church better known as St Church was built in the year 1847.

» Jehangir Art Gallery - The Jehangir gallery is close to the Prince of Wales Museum and a place for showcasing the contemporary art. The displays inside the museum change regularly. Outside the museum is the Artist's Plaza with more paintings on display. From here one can select and buy .

» Juhu Beach - The beach is popular for the celebrations of Ganesh Chatturthi with lot of triumph. The beach is a hub of various activities and is filled with small kiosks selling snacks for the young and the old strolling the sides of the beach with their loved ones. To add to the taste of the passerby, all kinds of little things are found including the Bhelpuri, Kulfi, alochat and pav bhaji. Also professional masseurs, shooting galleries, balloon sellers and flower- girls with flowers of different shades makes the place colourful. The statues of freedom fighters like Lokmanya Tilak, Vallab Bhai Patel are installed there as a symbol of struggle for independence.

» Elephanta Island - Just10 km from the Mumbai harbour lies the small Elephanta cave island. The island contains clusters of fine rock cut caves belonging to the 6th to 8th century. Among the interesting sculptures is the statue of Mahesmurthy or Trimurthi consisting of a 5 meter high three headed bust cut out from a single rock. The three busts symbolize the three avatars of Shiva, namely the creator, the preserver and the destroyer.

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