A gateway between two worlds

Brits on flights to Mumbai must visit the mighty monument that is the Gateway of India, one of the city’s most visited tourist spots.

Situated on the waterfront on the southern part of the city of Mumbai, the gateway has an arch that stretches 26 metres high.

Made largely from yellow basalt and reinforced concrete, the architectural style of the gate is said to belong to the Indo-Saracenic style, which is very grand and dynamic.

It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in December 1911.

Sir George Sydenham Clarke, who was governor of Bombay, laid the first foundation stone.

Work on the gateway was finally completed by 1924 and opened to the public in December of that year.

In a symbolic and poignant act given its reason for being built, after India secured its independence in 1948, the last British troops in the country passed along the gateway to board their ship back home to the UK.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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