Gateway of India
Do you dream to sail through the serene waters of Arabian Sea with sun kissed sky above and soft winds brushing your face giving you a calm and peaceful time, away from the chaos of regular life? Then we have the perfect place suggested for you to realize your dream. If you have already guessed, then you are absolutely correct we are talking about the Gateway of India.
The Gateway of India located along the Arabian Sea in the state of Maharashtra provides tourists with the placidness of the waters and the playfulness of the sky. Indulge in this enthralling experience at least once in your life with your family and loved ones and make beautiful memories for lifelong. The Gateway of India serves as a beautiful remembrance of the rich culture, colonial history and architectural excellence. Gateway is the first structure to welcome visitors entering by sea and is also known as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”. It is famous for its historic importance and riveting sight of stunning yachts and boats sailing in the azure sea.
Looking back to the historical aspect of the Gateway of India, the monument was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Delhi who visited India for their official coronation as the Emperor and Empress of India during the onset of British rule.
The iconic arch monument was built by an ace Scottish Architect George Wittet in the year 1924 staggering a height of 26km built with yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete. The beautiful monument reflects a mixture of Roman and Gujrati architecture.
The monument is built of four turrets and the intricate lattice work adorning it give view of the vast Arabian Sea in the front that mesmerize all its visitors providing a beautiful panoramic view.
While visiting the Gateway of India, you could take out some time to visit other tourist spots nearby. Some of them are –
- First and foremost thing which you should not miss is the opportunity to cruise through the thrashing waves of the Arabian. Several cruises are organized as per weather, season and Indian festivals. There are opportunities to introduce children to the art of sailing as well
- Elephanta caves, a UNESCO world heritage site that showcases the mind-blowing rock art culture of Indian and is the proof of architectural and cultural richness of ancient India
- Kanheri Caves, lying within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a 7km long structure with 109 caves depicting the art, culture, religion of the contemporary Buddhist time
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the famous museum built by the same architect as the Gateway Of India reflecting a mixture of Hindu, Islamic and British styles of art-forms. It also is famous for displaying artifacts of Indus Valley Civilization and over 50,000 memorabilia of ancient Indian history
- Jehangir Art Gallery, the place where many renowned and new artists get the opportunity to showcase their mesmerizing creations for people to appreciate and enjoy
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a 104 sq-km huge area which is a home to about 40 mammals, 38 reptiles, 50000 insect and 251 avifauna species, 150 butterfly species and over 1000 species of plants
- Siddhivinayak Temple, the famous temple of Lord Ganesh, where it is believed that if you wish for something from the core of the heart, then Lord Ganesh surely fulfill all your wishes
- Mahalaxmi Temple, adorned by the idols of Goddess Mahalaxmi, Goddess Mahakali, Goddess Mahasaraswati beautified with ornaments and is a famous pilgrimage site of devotees
- Haji Ali Dargah, a place which provides mental peace and showcase the beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture
- Other places include, Chota Kashmir Park, Hanging Garden, Nehru Science Museum, Nehru Planetarium, Essel World, Chowpatty Beach and many more
If you are thinking how to reach The Gateway of India, then it’s the last thing that you should concerned about. The city of Mumbai, rather the Bollywood city is well connected to all the parts of India and abroad through air, rail service and national highways.
The nearest railway station is the Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Churchgate, the nearest airport is the present in Vile Parle at a distance of 30km from Gateway.
So stop dreaming and take the first step by booking tickets to Mumbai City to explore the Gateway of India and the famous fashion market of India. Don’t forget to taste the lip licking delicacies.
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