The Majestic Gateway of India

It was noon and already time for lunch. We both were feeling hungry. But to save on time, and to taste the local spices and cuisines of the city, we opted to stop at a closely located restaurant and had our meal there. The food was good, and filling. The taste was totally different to that of various cuisines of Rajasthan.

Well, we then moved towards the Gateway of India. Rajesh has been to the place earlier also, and so he was well aware of the place and the history lingering to its construction.

The Gateway of India is the most unique landmarks, not only of Mumbai city, but of India as well.

Gateway of India
Gateway of India | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The massive structure was built in the year 1924, overlooking the Mumbai harbor, with its location at the tip of the Apollo Bunders. This famous tourist’s destination is actually a monument that is marked as a principal port of India.

We reached the place which was packed with people. There were vendors, food stalls, photographers, and people walking with hand in hand. It was appearing to be a hang out place, rather than place with a historical significance.

There was a time when this monument represented the majesty of the British Rule in India, and now it’s a landmark of India, with people enjoying their freedom at this spot.

The main purpose with which the gateway of India was constructed was to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.

Inside the Gateway
Inside the Gateway | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

We were looking at the structural design of the Gateway of India that comprised of a huge arch which is around 26m high. The yellow basalt and the indissoluble concrete used in the construction give it a beautiful hue and the strength. The tint of Muslim architecture is also noted in the design.

I observed it for long, and clicked a few pictures of the place as well. We then moved towards the back where a series of stairs leads to the Arabian Sea.

The place was an amazing site, and that is the reason that so many people gather here.

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

I am hoping sharing all my adventures will help raise awareness about our ancient heritage and maybe help preserve and protect these remnants  of India’s glorious past. Feel free to leave your comments. "

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