India Travel – Mumbai Architecture: Places to visit

Mumbai Architecture: 20 Places to Visit

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Gateway of India

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Mumbai’s most recognized monument and one of the top Mumbai attractions, the Gateway of India was constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. Designed to be the first thing that visitors see when approaching Mumbai by boat, the looming Gateway was completed in 1924 and remains as a striking symbol of the British Raj era. After this era ended in 1947, the last of the British troops departed through the Gateway.

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Its architecture is Indo-Saracenic, combining Islamic and Hindu styles.

The Gateway of India is a popular place to start exploring Mumbai. These days the atmosphere around the monument resembles a circus at times, with numerous vendors peddling everything from balloons to Indian tea.

In 2011, Lonely Planet listed the Gateway of India as one of the world’s best free attractions.

Where: On the waterfront in Colaba, south Mumbai. Opposite the Taj Palace and Tower Hotel.

Mumbai’s landmark Taj Palace Hotel, built in 1903, is unsurpassed architectural marvel that brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Its structure is striking, with many chandeliers, archways, domes, and turrets.THE HOTEL also has a noteworthy collection of art work and artifacts that gives it an eclectic feeling.

Treat yourself to high tea at the renowned Sea Lounge in the Heritage wing, or a meal at Souk overlooking Mumbai harbor.

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Where: Colaba, in south Mumbai. The hotel sits behind the Gateway of India.

More Information: The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel: Architectural Jewel of Mumbai, Why stay at the Taj Palace Hotel.

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