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“A Mumbai Must See” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gateway of India

Gateway of India
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US$37.00*
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Private Full-Day Mumbai Sightseeing Tour
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1911 to welcome the King and Queen of England, this stone archway in Colaba is now a historic landmark.
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“A Mumbai Must See”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

It may not be the Taj Mahal (the palace, not the hotel near the Gateway of India), but this arch is to Mumbai what the former is to Delhi. It is an impressive structure that seems to constantly have a large crowd of people around it. For a small fee, you can have your picture taken in several poses with different buildings in the background. Just make sure you negotiate the price.
Hawkers are everywhere, and if you deal with them you must make sure you get what you think you are getting. A balloon seller was walking around with a huge inflated balloon under his arm. He held a package of five un-inflated balloons in his hand. My wife asked how much and he responded $10. She talked him down to $3 and the deal was consummated. Upon opening the package and blowing up a balloon we found out they were about one-fifth the size of the inflated balloon he was holding.
In Mumbai, it truly is "buyer beware."

Visited May 2014
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“Symbol of the end of an era”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is one of Mumbai's most famous landmarks where the Brits departed symbolically at the end of the Raj. Duck across the road to the hotel for a high tea or stronger.

Visited July 2014
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“An unique attraction of Mumbai”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

The foundation stone for this famous monument was laid down in the year 1911. Gateway of India is located at Colaba area of south Mumbai and just opposite of the The Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Nearest railway station is CST i.e. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which is only 2.5 km far from Gateway of India. It's a great historical place and exceptionally crowded throughout the year. The monument was constructed in 1924 to greet King George V and Queen Mary during the British rule in Bombay (Mumbai). This attraction is 85 feet height and facing a beautiful view of ocean in one side and The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in another side. If you come to Mumbai, you must visit this unique attraction of Mumbai. Every day, it is open for the public. There is no fee for visiting this monument. The structure of the monument is utmost attraction in Mumbai. Sea facing view and sunset view from there are also amazing. Everybody loves to take beautiful photographs in front of this attraction. If you forgot to bring your camera, don’t worry many local photographers are there to help you to get the spectacular view of the attraction. Definitely they will charge for their service. You can also take an amazing ferry ride from here to other places of tourist attractions. The Elephant Caves are located close to the Gateway of India. It is only one & half hour (one way) journey on the sea from Gateway of India. Ferry boats charges is Rs. 140 (for both way) to go to the Elephant Islands. You can also go to Alibaug by ferry boat or take a Tonga-ride around The Taj Mahal Palace hotel. At the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg, which is the entrance of the Gateway of India, two statues of two great Indian leaders are established; one is for Swami Vivekananda and another is for Chhatrapati Shivaji. If you are facing at the sea, you will find the Statue of Swami Vivekanada towards the left side of the Gateway of India. The statue of Swami Vivekanada was unveiled by Shri V.P.Naik, ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 31st May, 1971 in presence of His Holiness Swami Vireswarananda-ji Maharaj. The sculptor was done by Mr. S. S. Arte.

Address of this unique attraction, Gateway of India is
Apollo Bunder
Mumbai - 400 001
Maharashtra, India

Nearby places of tourist attraction:
1. Elephanta Caves at Elephanta Island, a world heritage site approved by UNESCO.
2. National Centre for the Performing Arts

Visited June 2014
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

An iconic sight in the city and more impressive when you see it in person.

You may be approached by local men on the approaching streets who will "befriend" you by simply walking alongside you. They'll tell you the Gateway will be mobbed with people at whatever time of day you're going and recommend you go to a nearby market instead. Don't listen to them. The crowd there is nothing any traveller to India can't handle.

As white people, my group and I got approached by tonnes of Indians asking us for photos of us. While this was the norm all over India it was at its most extreme here. If you oblige they'll be on their way pretty quickly and they won't pursue you if you give a firm no.

Visited July 2014
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“Not What I Thought”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

I use Tripadvisor a lot to plan out our trips, and while it was a nice car ride and day out, the Gate wasn't as impressive as I thought it was going to be.

It's large and beautiful, but for an hour car ride, we were in and out in 2 seconds... MAINLY because we were being bombarded at every turn by local indian "photographers" that wanted to take our picture in front of the Gate and print it for us for a charge. Clearly, I had a professional camera in my hand and one guy even said "too small" when I told him "no thanks, I have a camera". All I could do was laugh.

Overall, it was nice to look at, but crowded and annoying surroundings made it kind of unenjoyable.

Visited July 2014
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