The Gateway of India is the landmark of the city and its most identifiable building. It is located on the waterfront on the southern part of Mumbai. This arch, an architectural delight, was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary of England to Bombay in December 1911. Ironically, it is through this gateway that the last British troops passed to board their ship back to England after India gained Independence. The gateway is built of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete. The style of architecture is Indo-Saracenic with influences of Muslim architectural styles of the 16th century Gujarat. This monument is probably the most visited one in Mumbai. From here one gets a fantastic view of the Arabian Sea. The Gateway is also the boarding point for visitors taking the ferry to Elephanta Caves. From here, tourists can also enjoy cruises through the natural harbor of Mumbai. The Gateway of India is also the perfect place to hang around and do people watching as you nibble your way through the assorted snacks sold by roadside vendors.
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