Gateway Of India Mumbai
Mumbai's principal landmark, the Gateway of India
is a huge archway on the water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the
starting point for most t
who want to explore the city. This famous monument was built to
commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George
V and Queen Mary in 1911.
The Gateway was built by the British and designed by the architect
George Wittet. The first stone was laid by the then Governor of
Bombay on March 31st, 1913. The Gate was formally opened in 1924.
It is 26m high structures, complete with four turrets and intricate
latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when
the British Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became
a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail
for England left from the Gateway.
Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Here,
one can get onto one of the bobbing little motor launches, for a
short cruise through Mumbai's splendid natural harbour. One can
buy tickets for a short cruise on the motor launches from here.
The rains in Bombay, which are torrential at times, last from
June to August (Monsoon Season). The two months - May and October
- which come immediately before and after the monsoon are inclined
to be humid and sticky. The period from November to March is extremely
pleasant, light woollens being sometimes necessary in December