India // Mumbai //

The Gateway of India

Commemorating the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, India’s own honey-coloured Arc de Triomphe was built in 1924 by George Wittet, the architect responsible for many of the city’s grandest constructions. Blending indigenous Gujarati motifs with high Victorian pomp, it was originally envisaged as a ceremonial disembarkation point for passengers alighting from the P&O steamers, although nowadays the only boats bobbing about at the bottom of its stone staircase are the launches that ferry tourists across the harbour to Elephanta Island.