Gateway of India is an iconic Mumbai landmark, rising 25 metres over the Arabian Sea. The colonial-era arch was built in 1911 to commemorate a royal visit from King George V. The strategic position on the coast symbolises both entry and departure from India. Just 24 years later, the British regiment paraded under the arch following the declaration of Indian independence.
While Gateway of India was built in the traditional Indo-Saracenic style, it also draws on influences from Muslim architecture. It's topped by a soaring central dome, flanked by four turrets and fronted by intricate latticework.
Today Gateway of India is a popular meeting point for locals and travellers. The atmosphere is infectious, with the plaza bustling with balloon sellers, photographers and sizzling street food stalls serving onion bhajis, vegetable pakoras and spicy cups of chai tea. You can also enjoy sparkling views of the sea and the Taj Mahal Palace, one of India's most prestigious hotels.
Gateway of India is in Colaba, one of Mumbai's trendiest neighbourhoods. A taxi or auto-rickshaw ride from Mumbai Central Railway Station takes around 20 minutes. Gateway of India is a departure point for boats heading to Elephanta Island.