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Gateway of India

Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is one of India's most unique landmarks situated in the city of Mumbai. The colossal structure was constructed in 1924. Located at the tip of Apollo Bunder, the gateway overlooks the Mumbai harbor, bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district. The Gateway of India is a monument that marks India's chief ports and is a major tourist attraction for visitors who arrive in India for the first time.

History :

The main objective behind the construction of the Gateway of India was to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay (Mumbai). In March 1911, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, who was then the Governor of Bombay, laid down the monument's first foundation. Although, this plan was approved only in 1914, the reclamations at Apollo Bunder were completed only in 1919. The architectural design of Gateway of India was fashioned by architect, George Wittet. It took 4 years to complete this monument's construction.

Some Details :

Construction Started : 31 March, 1913
Construction Completed : 1924
Inaugurated : 4 December, 1924
Cost of Construction : 2.1 million Rupees in 1913
Maintained By : Archeological Survey of India
Where is it Located : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Why was it Built : To commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George Vand Queen Mary to Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay)
Dimensions : The central dome is 48 feet in diameter and 83 feet in height
Materials Used : Yellow Kharodi basalt and reinforced concrete
Architectural Style : Indo-Saracenic with Muslim influences
Architect : George Wittet
Visit Timing : Open to public 24 hours a day, all days of the week
Entry Fee : No entry fee

How to Reach: Nearest railway station is Churchgate. From there either a shared or individual city taxi can be availed. BEST buses can also be availed from every part of the city to reach Gateway of India.

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