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Gateway of India

An architectural wonder that showcases the artistic talents of the British Raj and is the entranceway to the fascinating neighborhoods of south Mumbai.

Marvel at the architecturally impressive Gateway of India, an imposing colonial-era monument overlooking the glistening Arabian Sea. This striking landmark is a popular starting point for visitors wishing to discover Mumbai’s captivating southern neighborhoods. Inaugurated in 1924, the Gateway of India commemorates a visit by King George V and Queen Mary. Built on an old fishing wharf called Wellington Pier (aka Apollo Bunder), the gateway served as the landing point of aristocrats and viceroys during the colonial years.

Stand in the vast courtyard with the crowds of locals and tourists and admire the gateway’s grand design. Note a fusion of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Examine the archways, imposing pillars, intricate latticework and series of four turrets. Look for the Swami Vivekananda Statue, an Indian monk famed for raising the worldwide awareness of Hinduism. Observe as visitors take photos, enjoy rides on horse-drawn carriages and purchase food from street vendors.

Face away from the water to see another of Mumbai’s iconic landmarks, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Walk down the steps behind the gateway for uninterrupted views across Mumbai Harbour. Spot colorful ferries and fishing trawlers bobbing in the water. Join a cruise around the harbor or to Elephanta Caves, where you can visit 7th-century rock-cut caves.

Throughout the day the Gateway of India is a constant hive of activity. Visit in February through March to watch displays of Hindi dance and music, which are part of the flamboyant Elephanta Festival at Elephanta Caves.

The Gateway of India sits on the waterfront at the northern edge of the Colaba neighborhood. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and easily accessible via auto-rickshaws, taxis and public buses.

While here stroll south along a waterfront promenade for more views of Mumbai Harbour. From here, streets lead into the animated Colaba neighborhood. Go to Colaba Causeway Market, a great place to shop for antiques, bohemian clothing, beads, trinkets and more. Alternatively, wake up early to see fishermen bring in the morning catch at Sassoon Dock.


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The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Opposite Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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    5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

    This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Front Bay and Gateway of India. National Gallery of Modern Art and ...

    The Taj Mahal Palace MumbaiAU$380

    Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

    Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

    Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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      This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Colaba Causeway and Gateway of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and ...

      Taj Mahal Tower, MumbaiAU$233

      Residency Hotel - Fort - Mumbai

      Residency Hotel - Fort - Mumbai

      26, Corner of D.N. Road, and Rustom Sidhwa Marg, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Fort, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Veer Nariman Road, Mohammed Ali Road and St George Hospital. Gateway of India and Chhatrapati Shivaji ...

        Residency Hotel - Fort - MumbaiAU$104

        Strand Hotel

        Strand Hotel

        Apollo Bunder, Near Gateway of India, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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          Located in Colaba, this hotel is steps away from Front Bay and Gateway of India. Mohammed Ali Road and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum are also within 2 miles ...

          Carlton Hotel

          Carlton Hotel

          Florence House, No.12, Mere Weather Road Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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            Located in Colaba, this spa hotel is steps away from Front Bay and Gateway of India. Mohammed Ali Road and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum are also within ...

            Carlton HotelAU$62

            Diplomat Hotel

            Diplomat Hotel

            24-26, B.K. Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra
              3.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Colaba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Front Bay and Gateway of India. Mohammed Ali Road and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum are also ...

              Diplomat HotelAU$113

              The Gordon House Hotel

              The Gordon House Hotel

              5 Battery, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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                Located in Colaba, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colaba Causeway and Gateway of India. Mohammed Ali Road and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum ...

                The Gordon House HotelAU$158

                Hotel Broadway

                Hotel Broadway

                1st & 2nd Floor, 49/51, Mathrudas Bldg., Mandik Road, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai, Maharashtra
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Colaba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colaba Causeway, Gateway of India and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum. Mohammed Ali Road and St ...

                  Hotel BroadwayAU$81

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