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From journal Exploring Elephanta Caves
April 1, 2009
New Delhi, India
September 30, 2006
I couldn’t find space to sit, and had to content myself with strolling around the structure. The Gateway of India dominates the seafront, but once you get close to it, it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large- only, if my research is right, 83 feet tall at its highest point, and 48 feet in diameter. The building was designed by the Scottish architect George Wittet, who was Assistant to the Consulting Architect to Bombay in the early years of the 20th century.
Wittet designed the Gateway in an Indo-Saracenic style- which translates into somewhat conical arches, solid columns, and heavy square grills carved from stone. The building was built to commemorate the visit, in December 1911, of King George V to India- but the Gateway itself was completed only in 1924. Considering the fact that the Gateway was built in honour of the British monarch, it’s rather ironic that after India became independent, the last British troops to leave the country passed through the Gateway. The 1st Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry marched out under the gate in a special ceremony on February 28, 1948.
Entry to the Gateway is free- there’s actually no `entry’ as such, since it’s more or less open, and you can wander in just about when you want. Try to go early in the morning, when it’s not too crowded. This is also about the best time to explore the area around the Gateway- in particular, the impressive Taj Mahal hotel, which stands right behind the Gateway.
From journal Glimpses of Mumbai – By Night
January 14, 2001
From journal Extraordinary Bombay