An icon for the sea farers: - Just half a century ago the majority travel amongst continents was done by sea. The sea vessels connected Europe with Americas similarly people used to sail between India and Europe. India Gate an iconic landmark on the Apollo Bandar sea face of Bombay was visible to the passengers coming to India from a distance, thus they knew that they have arrived in India.
A “Grand welcome to the British Queen and the King” This iconic gate was constructed to welcome the Emperor George V and Queen Empress Mary when they visited India in December 1911.They were the first British Monarch to visit India a jewel in the crown of British Monarchy. At the time of the visit the gate of welcome was not fully constructed and a dummy gate was constructed to welcome the king and the queen. The gateway was finally completed in 1924.
Architect George Wittet conceptualized the architectural design of the Gateway of India, The structure has been crafted from the basalt rocks as are the other period structures of Bombay. The welcome gate is a classical design in Indo Saracenic style of architecture. The gateway symbolized the British imperial India and was used as a welcome gate for the high placed dignitaries of the Raj.
The structure rises 24 meter in height and has a façade with three arches, the central arch which is the main stay of the gate is the highest and has the small minarets on either sides. The gateway has two faces both identical in appearance, The final good bye to the last departing British troops after India Independence was given at the Gateway of India thus symbolizing the end of the colonial rule in India.
The gateway today stands as a Victorian era structure very well preserved right on the sea face of Mumbai, It symbolizes the city of Mumbai which today is a global destination. The gateway itself is a tourist attraction where hundreds of tourists come and enjoy the great architecture and cool sea breeze, The view of the Taj Mahal hotel adds to the visual appeal.
Gateway is an excellent tourist spot you can certainly spend hours at this place specially in the evening time as the shimmering lights on the sea face present a real picturesque panoramic view. The cool sea breeze along with a plethora of tourists all busy in various activities.• Do get professional picture in front of the gateway clicked by professional photographer.