The true symbol of the city, the Gateway of India is a yellow basalt triumphal arch, erected between 1915 and 1942 in honour of the visit of King and Emperor of India, George V and his wife Queen Mary in 1911. This was the date on which Gandhi also began his campaign of non-violence for independence.
After independence was declared, the last British troops to leave the country marched through the gateway in 1948, making it henceforth a symbol of Indian freedom. At a height of 26 metres, it was built in the style of the 16th century Gujarati (Indo-Islamic architecture). Nearby, ferries leave for Elephanta Island, known for its beautiful temples carved into the rock.
The Gateway of India is also the starting point for a walk in the vibrant Colaba. There you can find many shops, restaurants, and old cafés like Café Leopold, which opened in 1871.
Gateway of India