Mumbai Travelblog: Visit to The Gateway of India

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Recently I visited Mumbai where I lot of historic places and eating joints like Kyani and Co which has been there more than 100 years. In this travel blog, I would particularly write about The Gateway of India.

It was build in the 20th century in the Mumbai the Capital of Maharashtra. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, prior to the Delhi Durbar, in December 1911. However, they only got to see a cardboard model of the structure since the construction did not begin till 1915. Which if you’re an Indian then you won’t be surprised about.

It is basically a structure of the basal arch which is 25 meter in high connected by two other small arches. Now it’s momento to colonial rule in India.

How To Reach

You can easily reach here from anywhere in the city. Just get a Cab and tell them, they must be knowing.

I would recommend you to first visit  The Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal, from there it’s 20 min walk. By this, you can also see the beauty of this historic Gothic Structure which is another example of British Architecture.

Encounter

Gateway Mumbai

Gateway Mumbai2

 

I visited The Gateway of India in the Morning which is the best time. Since at that time you won’t find much crowd.

You often appreciate something when you see it from your eyes, in general. From the picture, you can’t imagine the beauty and the greatness of that structure.

Same thing happened to me during my visit. I was awestruck when I saw this huge and significant structure for the very first time.

It’s huge arch like structure with very elegant and yet mysterious gothic structure which stand for more than 83 ft in total alongside with two other arches standing together.

I was mesmerised by the fact that this great structure has been standing firmly at the same spot since more than 100 years. And would have witnessed lots of historic events. From the welcome of the king and queen to 26/11 attack.

At that time it was drizzling in the Mumbai so most of the people were carrying their umbrella and everything was wet.

After getting wet this historic figure was shining like a gem which was enhancing its beauty.

But instead of this most of the people were taking picture and selfies. Probably because it may rain next day also but they may not visit this The Gateway again. There excitement and happiness were surpassing their boundaries.

Near the Gateway you will find a lot of photographers standing with their cameras. Many people get their picture clicked and preserve the memory of their visit.

Few old, some were young, some were couples and few solo traveller. But the excitement and zeal were common with them.

I asked one of the Photographer about the attack of 26/11. “Was that really so much heinous or much than that?”, He said “Bhaiya… it was more than that”. That strange fear was still visible on his face, faded but visible.

the-taj-mahal-palace-mumbai

Near the Gateway only they have one of the most historic hotel in India the Taj Mahal palace, Mumbai. There is one really interesting story behind this hotel also.

Once Jamsetji Tata was refused from entering one of the best hotels of that time the city’s Grand Hotels , as it was restricted to the whites only. He got really offended by that incident and decided to make a hotel with more significance than that, and which opens it’s door to everyone. Rest is History.

Ajanta caves

Ajanta caves

Ajanta caves

Near the Gateway you will find lots of ferries which can take you to the mythical Ajanta caves, which are an ancient group of caves. They consist of total 30 Rock cut caves which symbolize Buddhist culture. Scientist says that they are said to be made in 480-600 CE

The caves include paintings and rock cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art and artifacts.

Most of the paintings are about the Buddha and his learners that show how life was actually at that period of the time. Simple but happy.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the chance to visit there due to my tight schedule. But, on my next visit to Mumbai, I will try my best to visit that ancient piece of art.

One thing that really moved me on my trip is that how a monument build to welcome king and queen of Britain once has become a tourist spot and now has opened it’s arm to everyone in the world. Rich-poor, black-white now everyone is welcomed here.

India is the country of diversity and colors which you can truly find here.

Other activities

Food

Bademiya, Colaba

There are lots of food joints also near The Gateway. If you walk almost like 300 meters you will find one iconic food joint which is famous for their kebabs , the very famous Bademiya, Colaba. They have been serving the city since more than 50 years and their foods are mouth watering at very nominal rate.

I devoured their chicken tikka along with some seek kebabs and it was mouth watering. The pieces were so tender and soft that they actually melted in my mouth. They have their family recipe which they use and has been secret since the beginning. I would recommend visiting this place in the night because in the night the ambience of this place is amazing

Colaba flees market

Colaba flees market

For people who like shopping. they can get indulged the Colaba flees market. They have some good stuff and if you’re a girl you will love that place.

Moreover, The Gateway has something for everyone. Whether you’re a food lover, history lover or a shopping lover you will find  something or the other for yourself.

 

 

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