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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.

Popular Activities at Gateway of India

Ensure you have lots of time at Gateway of India. Below are the best activities:

Trying a Private Full day Mumbai city and Elephanta Caves with lunch will make your visit to this celebrated attraction all the more special!

If you're after more options, peruse our Mumbai things to do page.


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The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai C$257
The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Opposite Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Colaba, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Front Bay and Gateway of India. National Gallery of Modern Art and Jehangir Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes. Mumbai Churchgate Station is 20 minutes by foot and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station is 27 minutes.

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    Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

    Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

    Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Front Bay and Gateway of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and Marine Drive are also within 10 minutes. Mumbai Churchgate Station is 20 minutes by foot and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station is 27 minutes.

      Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai C$158
      Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai

      Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai

      Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Air India Building, Rajabai Tower, and Flora Fountain. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and St. Thomas Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mumbai Churchgate Station is 15 minutes by foot and Mumbai Marine Lines Station is 30 minutes.

        The Oberoi Mumbai C$250
        The Oberoi Mumbai

        The Oberoi Mumbai

        Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located by the sea, just steps from National Centre for the Performing Arts and Marine Drive. Rajabai Tower and Flora Fountain are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mumbai Churchgate Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          President, Mumbai - IHCL SeleQtions C$114
          President, Mumbai - IHCL SeleQtions

          President, Mumbai - IHCL SeleQtions

          90 Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Colaba, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colaba Causeway and World Trade Centre. Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and Cooperage Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Gordon House Hotel C$103
            The Gordon House Hotel

            The Gordon House Hotel

            5 Battery, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Colaba, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colaba Causeway and Gateway of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and Marine Drive are also within 10 minutes. Mumbai Churchgate Station is 18 minutes by foot and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station is 24 minutes.

              Carlton Hotel C$32
              Carlton Hotel

              Carlton Hotel

              Florence House, No.12, Mere Weather Road Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Colaba, this hotel is steps from Front Bay and Gateway of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and Marine Drive are also within 10 minutes. Mumbai Churchgate Station is 20 minutes by foot and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station is 26 minutes.

                Diplomat Hotel C$95
                Diplomat Hotel

                Diplomat Hotel

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

                  Located in Colaba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Front Bay and Gateway of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and Marine Drive are also within 10 minutes. Mumbai Churchgate Station is 21 minutes by foot and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station is 27 minutes.