The Gateway of India is one of the most iconic monuments in India and is most famous landmark of Mumbai.
It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in 1911 but was completed only in 1924. It is located at the tip of Apollo Bunder (Colaba) and overlooks the old Mumbai harbor and the Arabian sea. In former times a symbol of colonialism, the Gateway of India has got Indianized and definitely a must visit of the city.
It is very popular by locals and tourists and often gets very crowded. Ignore the many photographers and vendors who are trying to sell you all the touristy stuff and simply enjoy the site. I love coming here every time and never get enough of it. Sometimes, I simply sit and watch people. Sometimes, I click photographs. And always, I am impressed.
You also have a fantastic view of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel from the Gateway. Just turn your back to the arch and look to your left. Another landmark of Mumbai…
Boats to Elephanta Island will departure from the Gateway as well. Tickets can be bought either directly at the jetty or at the ticket kiosks before entering the Gateway area (before the security check on the right side). Due to the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, security alert in this area is high and you need to walk through the security check before entering the square in front of the Gateway of India. Entrance is free.