About Gateway of India

The Gateway of India in Mumbai stands 85 feet high near the waterfront as a symbolic entrance to the country. The basalt arch stands majestically overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was erected to commemorate the visit of Emperor King George V, which was a monumental event for British India in 1911. The “Taj Mahal of Mumbai” was designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, but also features Muslim styles in the structure. It is massive, with a dome boasting 48 feet in diameter. From the Gateway, take the steps behind the arch to one of the five jetties. Though some are restricted to visitors, two are where you can catch a ferry ride to the Elephanta Caves. You’ll be sure to enjoy the street vendors selling traditional bhel puri, take lots of photographs, and pick up a balloon for the kids.
It is the most famous monument of Mumbai and also a point for most tourists who want to explore the city. Gateway of India is one of those epic historical monuments which was built during the British rule. The main reasons why it was built was to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai (then, Bombay) It was designed by the British architect, George Wittet. It got itself this moniker or name because in the years gone by the people especially from the West used to enter through this gateway. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph of the British ships that set sail for England from the Gateway. Whenever you are here I would highly recommend visiting this place of Mumbai as its a must-visit in the city. The Gateway faces the vast Arabian Sea, flanked by Mumbai's another attraction, Marine Drive, a road running parallel to the sea, where you will find people sitting, jogging, or just relaxing by the seaside. The magic of this place really begins at twilight and into the night as it's amazing to take a stroll by the seaside and watch those glittering lights by the bay.

Must See

  • Monument
  • Central Dome 
  • Turrets 
  • Steps behind the Gateway

How to reach

There are 3 ways to go to the Gateway of India from Churchgate Station. You can take a bus, taxi or foot depending on how would you like to travel. The cheapest way to go from Churchgate (Station) to Gateway of India is to take 123 bus which costs ₹10 - ₹12 approx and it will take 17minutes to reach. The quickest way to go from the Churchgate (Station) to Gateway of India is to take a taxi which costs ₹100 - ₹130 approximately and it will take 1minute.

Tips

  • You will always find a photographer around you so you can take back a lot of memories with you. 
  • Also, this place is always crowded so people should take care of their belongings and pockets. There are many pickpocketers mingling in the crowd. 
  • Make sure you have tried the local street food. These foods are delicious. 
  • It is best to travel after 4 p.m. to the Gateway of India. 
  • Boat rides are available at the place. Though the price is very high. 
  • As you have to walk around a lot, wear comfortable shoes.
  • Foods are sold by the vendors. These foods are not hygienic at all. So if possible and allowed, get your own food.  
  • Don't smoke inside. 
  • Bags are not allowed, so don't carry them with you.
  • Wear comfortable loose clothes as the weather is very hot and humid.
  • Try going in the morning or late evening to avoid excessive heat.
  • The gateway is a historic landmark of the city.
  • One can take a boat around to see the rich heritage.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • The place gets very crowded at times.

Visit Time

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

 

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours

 

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