The Gateway of India is an arch monument built during the 20th century in Mumbai, India. It is a major tourist destination in Mumbai and a popular gathering spot for locals, street vendors and photographers.
Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on 31 March 1911.The monument's design is a combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles.The monument has also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, and is the city's top tourist attraction.For the British arriving to India, the gateway was a symbol of the "power and majesty" of the British Empire. Though built as a welcome to King George V for his visit of 1911.
The arch is of Muslim style while the decorations are of Hindu style. The central dome is 48 feet (15 metres) in diameter and 83 feet (25 metres) above the ground at its highest point.On each side of the arch, there are large halls with the capacity to hold 600 people. The cost of the construction was ₹2 million (US$28,000), borne mainly by the Imperial Government of India.
The monument witnessed a terrorist attack on August 25, 2003, when a bomb blast left trails of blood in front of the Gateway.Following the 26/11 terror attack on the Taj Mahal Hotel, public access to the area around the Gateway was restricted.
The Gateway of India is located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder area at the end of Chatrapathi Shivaji Marg in South Mumbai. The monument has also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai and is the city's top tourist attraction.