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Gateway of India, (Mumbai)

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The Gateway of India is one of India's most unique landmarks situated in the city of Mumbai. Location of Gateway at the tip of Apollo Bunder, the gateway overlooks the Mumbai harbor, bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district. The total construction cost of Gateway of India was approximately 21 lakhs and the whole expense was borne by the Indian government.

In 1914 the king George V and Queen Mary to Bombay (Mumbai) went to Mumbai and they give an official letter to Sir George Sydenham Clarke who was the Governor of Bombay to build Gateway. The Governor approved that in 1919. The architectural design of Gateway of India was fashioned by architect, George Wittet. It took 4 years to complete this monument's construction.

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The structural design of the Gateway of India is constituted of a large arch, with a height of 26m. The monument is built in yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete. The structural plan of Gateway of India is designed in the Indo-Saracenic style. One can also find traces of Muslim architectural styles incorporated in the structure of the grandiose edifice. The central dome of the monument is about 48 feet in diameter, with a total height of 83 feet. Designed with intricate latticework, the 4 turrets are the prominent features of the entire structure of the Gateway of India.

A lot of people throng this place especially during the weekend and night time. The cool breeze coming from the sea makes this crowded place a lot cooler than the rest of Mumbai. The place offers a beautiful sunset and moonrise view simultaneously, which is kind of unique. The place has a good seating capacity and lot of people can be seen enjoying the lovely view. Though they become crowd, traffic and honking takes away a bit of sheen from the place. Along with the ground a lot of vendors are seen pestering the place and heavy presence of beggars is a little disappointing. Gateway of India has seen a number of terror attacks. It witnessed its first major bomb blast in 2003 which killed many tourists and the last infamous attack on Taj, Mumbai in 2008 where Gateway of India was the arrival point of the terrorists. In these attacks more than 200 people lost their lives and after that Gateway of India wore a deserted look for a few days. Now, the monument has become a site for all kinds of peaceful protests. Candle light marches are a common sight at this historical place.

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Nearby location of Gateway are Elephant Caves, The Taj Mahal hotal and Esselworld.

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