Gateway of India is one of those places which can’t be really overlooked, by almost anyone. If one happens to be in the city of dreams, the first thing they ought to do is appreciate the heritage of this metro, which most of the times commences with this colonial structure. Erected in 1911, this edifice was completed in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. One can see the words inscribed on the structure, in the honor of the visiting royalty.
Designed in Indo-Saracenic style by George Wittet, this monument almost a century old stands strong even today, watching Bombay transform into Mumbai. It is a regular hangout spot for tourist, locals, picture makers and geeks with journals.
One of the amusing parts of visiting this area is when tourists are bombarded with photographers and their minuscule, instant photo printers. It has almost happened to become in a tradition that if you come to Gateway of India, you should get one of these memorable souvenirs to take back home. Nah, selfies don’t give you that feeling, so one should get a snap just for the fun of it. This place has ridiculously served as a background for movies and documentaries. It is not uncommon for one to notice an introduction scene for media presentation with a Gateway in it. Other than that you get a lazy view of ships lazily drifting in the Arabian Sea and the pigeons enjoying time barricades. It won’t be a novelty for the Mumbaikars, but it’s definitely a thrilling moment for travelers for across the country.
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