The Gateway structure stands in the edge of a pier called Wellington Pier also popularly known as Apollo Bunder.

The Gateway overlooks the Arabian Sea.

The Gateway of India memorial at the pier was envisaged to receive King George V and Queen Mary of Britain during the colonial era.

Their visit en route to Delhi Durbar, the power center of the Raj era happened in 1911, however the this memorial arch could be completed only in 1924, over a decade after this visit! Even then the rest of the civil works had to be abandoned due to shortage of funds.

What actually stood in its place in 1911 to welcome the royal couple was a cardboard replica of this structure!

The Gateway of India design is in the so called Indo-Saracenic style, a hybrid architectural style combining many schools of architectures. The design was done by the Scottish architect George Wittet, known for designing a large number of Mumbai's colonial structures .

Apart from the Gateway of India, some of his works works in Mumbai's heritage include the Prince of Wales Museum, Institute of Science, the Small Causes Court at Dhobi Talao, Wadia Maternity Hospital at Parel, Bombay House located near Flora Fountain, King Edward Memorial Hospital, The Grand Hotel and many other buildings at the Ballard Estate, a European style business district in Mumbai.

Ironically the last British troops to leave India too passed through this gateway in 1948!

The Gateway of India environs is the epicenter of Mumbai's tourist district. Towards its left is the ferry point for Elephanta Island. On its right is Apollo Bunder, an erstwhile fishing dockyard, now a popular weekend hangout. The Taj Mahal Hotel located right next to the Gateway of India is another majestic piece of the heritage architecture.

Gateway of India and its surrounding locale is an ideal spot for a Heritage Walk in Mumbai.

Take a taxi or bus to Gateway of India from CST Train station or Churchgate Station.

If you are a fitness freak, just walk, and call it a heritage walk! It's about 2km from either stations to the Gateway of India. The trail is right though some of the legendary heritage landmarks of Mumbai.

Boat Returning from Elephanta

Boat returning to the Gateway of India ferry point from Elephanta Island.

Boat returning to the Gateway of India ferry point from Elephanta Island.

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Caves in Elephanta

Elephanta in a Nutshell

What is Elephanta?Elephanta Caves is UNESCO World Heritage site is a fine specimen of rock cut architecture and art of medieval India.


Ferry returning to Mumbai from Elephanta. The Elephanta Island in the backdrop.

How to reach Elephanta Caves

Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai (Bombay) coast.So the first point is to get to Mumbai.


Mumbai Suburban Rail Map : The suburban train route is like this :
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) – Masjid Bunder – Sandhurst Road – Byculla – Chinchpokli – Currey Road – Parel – Dadar – Matunga – Sion – Kurla – Vidyavihar – Ghatkopar – Vikhroli – Kanjurmarg – Bhandup – Nahur – Mulund – Thane – Kalwa – Mumbra – Diwa – Kopar – Dombivli – Thakurli – Kalyan – Vitthalwadi – Ulhasnagar – Ambernath – Badlapur – Vangani – Shelu – Neral – Bhivpuri Road – Karjat – Palasdari – Kelavli – Dolavli – Lowjee – Khopoli.

How to reach Ambernath

Ambarnath is a small industrial town in Thane district of Maharashtra.It is located about 60 km ( 37miles ) east of Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune route.

CST Station

Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST or CSTM in railways parlance) in Mumbai holds many distinctions.It is the busiest railway station in India.


Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park Rail Route Map

How to reach Kanheri Caves

Kanheri Caves are located inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, north of Mumbai.It's about 1 hour train ride from the Churchgate station on the Harbour line of the the Mumbai Rail Network.


Kanheri Caves

Kanheri Caves

Kanheri caves in Mumbai is often compared with other caves in the region such as Ajanta and Ellora Caves.And often the conclusion is that it is not spectacular as Ajanta and Ellora Caves!


Taj Mahal Hotel as seen on the way back from Elephanta Caves

Taj Mahal Hotel

Built  a hundred years ago, the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai has many interesting facets.This was built by a prominent industrialist Jamshedji Tata, as he was barred from entering a 'Whites Only' Watson's Hotel in Mumbai.