Gateway of India
Gateway of India is a very prized monument of India. It is situated at the Apollo Bunder waterfront, South Mumbai. It is very huge and has a very good architecture. This place is usually crowded and is photographers delight. Even if you forgot to carry your own camera, there are lots of photographers available to click your photos at a nominal cost.
In the evening, we reached Gateway of India to enjoy sun set. Ferries are also available here if you want to enjoy the sailing in the sea. We took a ferry in time to enjoy the sailing. We sat on the upper deck of the ferry. The boat was moving gently and it was a pleasant ride. We got busy watching big ships, ferries, cruises, speed boats. Some luxury boats are also available for rent.
Gateway of India illuminates at night and the view was amazingly beautiful. On special occasions like Republic Day etc., some music events are also organized here and is beautifully decorated with lights.
Gateway of India was built during the British Raj in India. In 1911 King George V and Queen Mary decided to visit Delhi and for their welcome Britishers decided to build Gateway of India. George Wittet was the architect who designed Gateway of India. He took four years to build complete Gateway of India.
One of the most famous and luxurious hotels in India, Taj Mahal Hotel is located just opposite to Gateway of India. Actually there are two Taj Mahal Hotels here, one is Taj Mahal Palace and another is Taj Mahal Tower. The old one is more beautiful and attractive. For shopholics, there is Colaba market behind the Taj Mahal Hotel.
The Elephanta caves are also the attraction of tourists which is located very close to this great monument. Tourists can visit Elephanta caves through ferries. It is one of the most famous Heritage site of India and is a must visit.
Later in the evening, we decided to visit Marine Drive which is very near to Gateway of India and can be easily reached in 10-15 minutes by a taxi. I have heard that it is worth to visit in the night when the street lights are on. It looks like a necklace. That’s why it is also called as Queen’s Necklace. Marine drive is one of great places in Mumbai to visit. It is also known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg. It is a “C” Shaped road along with the beach of Arabian Sea. Just to relax we sat over the pavement of the Marine Drive and enjoyed the Arabian Sea. It was an amazing view. Lots of people come to this striking place during evening hours to relax, view sunset and watch the stunningly beautiful “Queen’s Necklace” at night. People also come here for jogging and enjoying refreshing breeze. We took a long walk along Marine Drive. This is a nice place to walk and relax with the cool sea breeze.
It was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in Mumbai. It is a nice place to visit again and again.
Gateway of India can be easily reached from Churchgate station. After getting out of Churchgate station, you can catch a taxi which takes around 15 minutes. It is also near to CST station.
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