Gateway of India is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions of India, it is also a prime landmark of Mumbai. Anyone who visits the city ensures not to miss this beautiful monument.
Being the pride of India, the Gateway of India has some interesting aspects too that you may not be aware of. Let us look into some of the interesting facts about this wonderful tourist attraction in Mumbai!
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Taj Mahal of Mumbai
The Gateway of India is often referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai. It is one of the important landmarks of the city, and also a major travel attraction that is historically relevant.
Significance of the Gateway of India
The Gateway of India was earlier a crude jetty that was used by the fishermen. This area was later renovated and used as a landing point for British officials and other prominent people.
Architecture of the Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is built using Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture, which is a blend of Gujrati and Islamic styles of architecture, that was prevalent in those times.
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Foundation of the Gateway of India
The monument's foundation was laid in 1911 to commemorate the visit of Queen Mary and King George V when they visited Mumbai. Though the foundation was laid then, the design of the structure got sanctioned only in 1914.
The Design of the Gateway of India
The Gateway of India was designed by George Wittet, who was a Scottish architect who mostly worked in Mumbai.
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Structure of the Gateway of India
The Gateway of India was built in yellow basalt and reinforced concrete. The structure is at a height of 26m above ground level. The walls are decorated with beautiful lattice work, and the central dome is 15m in diameter, which is at the highest point above the ground.
Starting Point to Elephanta Caves
The Gateway of India serves as a starting point for the trip to Elephanta Caves.
The Gateway of India today serves as a monumental memento to the British Colonial rule over India.
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