Published on: December 4, 2021


GATEWAY OF INDIA NEWS Opening Ceremony of Gateway of India is being celebrated. The gateway was opened on 4th December 1924, by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading


  • Built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, prior to the Delhi Durbar in December 1911.
  • Foundation stone was laid by the then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) on March 31st 1913.
  • Architecture – Indo-Sarcenic style (combination of India and Islamic architecture) which is quite majestic and a h
  • Hybrid of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
  • Materials – yellow basalt and reinforced concrete
  • George Wittet – chief architect
  • Completed in 1924 at a cost of Rs. 24 lakh
  • Structural design is constituted of a large arch, with a height of 26m.
  • Central dome of Gateway of India in Mumbai is 48 feet in diameter and 83 feet high at the highest point.
  • First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry passed through the Gateway on their way out in a ceremony on February 28, 1948, signalling the end of British rule.
  • Serves as a “monumental memento” of British colonial rule over India and also been referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”.