Gateway Of India

The Gateway of India is an arch-monument built in the early 20th century in the city of Mumbai, India. It was erected to commemorate the landing of King-Emperor George V, the first British monarch to visit India, in December 1911 at Ramchandani Road near Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Chowk in Mumbai.

The final design of the monument by architect George Wittet was sanctioned only in 1914, and construction was completed in 1924. After its construction the Gateway was used as a symbolic ceremonial entrance to India for important colonial personnel.

The Gateway is also the monument from where the last British troops left India in 1948, following Indian independence.It is located on the waterfront at an angle, opposite the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel and overlooks the Arabian Sea.

It is the unofficial icon of the city of Mumbai and is a reminder of its rich colonial history as Bombay. The first structure to welcome visitors entering the city by sea, it is popularly called 'Taj Mahal of Mumbai'. This monument stands right opposite the famous Taj Mahal hotel.

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