– Exploring the Unexplored! Mumbai city attracts a frivolous number of tourists across the globe. Due to its blending nature with diverse kinds of people. And because of the history, it beholds. Both ways Mumbai city is an iconic location to explore.
Gateway of India, Mumbai is synonymous with the City of Dreams, Mumbai. This historical monument came into existence during British rule.
Who built Gateway of India?
This arch monument established the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bandar. Bombay was the other name for Mumbai. The Gateway of India architecture styles Indo-Saracenic. The monument laid on 31st March 1911 stands popular. The construction of the same got completed in 1924. The monument stood symbolic formal entrance and access for Viceroys and new Governors of Bombay.
This top-tourist attraction resides on the waterfront of the Apollo Bander area at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg (South Mumbai), a Marine drive location, overlooking the Arabian Sea. There are various ways to reach this spot.
Let us explore them each.
- Gateway of India by train
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the popular railway station of Mumbai and is well-connected with all major railways in India.
Important trains that arrive are Mumbai Rajdhani, Konkan Kanya Express, Mumbai Duronto, and so on.
- Gateway of India bus no
You can reach Mumbai from any major expressways and national highways.
Government and private buses operate every day to and for Mumbai.
- Gateway of India air route
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (earlier known as Sahar International Airport) stands as a primary airport serving the metropolitan city. It has two terminals among which Terminal 1 is the Domestic earlier known as Santacruz Airport).
The domestic airport lies in Vile Parle East.
You will find several hotels near Gateway of India to stay back and explore Mumbai as a whole.
What is special about Gateway of India history?
The speciality of this architecture is that it is an adaptation of Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Another Gateway of India facts is that this location witnessed the last set of ships owned by the British to sail in 1947. The passing of ‘First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry’ is also recorded here on Feb 28, 1948. This reason itself is legendary to consider.
With the backdrop of the iconic Taj Hotel, Gateway of India continues to be an inspiring venue of Mumbai that flushed out the oppression caused by the British over the period.
Today, it marks the chief ports and adheres to the splendid version of history for tourists and travellers across the globe. You will find an enthusiastic crowd in Gateway of India early morning itself.
India Gate vs Gateway of India.
The difference between both the spots is different in its own way. Edwin Lutyens constructed the India Gate in New Delhi in 1921. This landmark commemorates members of the erstwhile British Indian Army. For sacrificing their lives during World Wars and the Afghan Wars. After independence, India Gate became a major site for Amar Jawan Jyoti (Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier).
Both locations hold contradicting reflection of the past.
Today, you can travel across from the Gateway of India ferry to Alibaug that resonates with the vibrancy of the water route. The Gateway of India ferry timings is 7 am to 7 pm. You will find boats every 40 mins or 1 hour.
Similarly, you can travel from Gateway of India to Marine Drive for a quick virtual picture of an elegant necklace lying on the roads.
Another bustling area that attracts the crowd while roaming through Gateway of India is the Marine Drive Mumbai. This is an open location where you can visit at any given time.
One of the easiest ways to travel the whole location is by opting for Marine Drive cycling. This will help you cover the whole route without making you tired by the end of the trail.
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Though if you ask us, the best time to visit Marine Drive Chowpatty is at night. This place is also known as ‘Queens Necklace’ for a reason. When you visit Marine Drive at night, you will be mesmerized to witness the far-standing streetlights in resemblance to a string of pearls.
The concrete road of 3 km, officially known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, attracts bustling locals every day. This place lies in the foothills of Malabar ranges which attains a beautiful ‘C’ shape defining its connection to Babulnath to Nariman Point.
You will encounter numerous Marine Drive café waiting to fill your stomach with hot beverages. As you walk down the lanes, plenty of dining venues also awaits you.
गेटवे ऑफ़ इंडिया’ है शान,
‘मरीन ड्राइव’ की शाम,
‘लोकल ट्रैन’ है ज़िन्दगी,
और यहाँ की बारिश है पहचान।
हर दिन है मुश्किल जीना यहाँ,
फिर भी है ये मुंबई मेरी जान।
- सेजल मोरिया
We, at Unseen Safar, have travelled from Marine Drive to Gateway of India for years. And what makes it special even today is the detailing of the arch and the attractive motifs that still shines. For us, strolling in the lit-up starry night makes a perfect ending to a leisurely day in South Mumbai.
And if you haven’t visited this beautiful spot ever, what are you waiting for?
Pull up your socks and pack your bags because your next destination to unfold is none other than the Marine Drive Beach and Gateway of India.
Happy and Safe Travel!