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Gateway Of India

Me and another gal pal decided to visit Churchgate apart from the normal shopping rout in Mumbai usually done by our colleagues. Taking the train (the busiest rail service in the world) was really surprising and was not what we had in mind. You must be thinking we are crazy not to take the taxi straight but it was a breeze apart from buying the ticket!! Although the cabin was old and packed with lots of people, it never got stinky and the ceiling was full of fans blowing. The ride was joyous and smooth. And so we

Me and another gal pal decided to visit Churchgate apart from the normal shopping rout in Mumbai usually done by our colleagues. Taking the train (the busiest rail service in the world) was really surprising and was not what we had in mind. You must be thinking we are crazy not to take the taxi straight but it was a breeze apart from buying the ticket!! Although the cabin was old and packed with lots of people, it never got stinky and the ceiling was full of fans blowing. The ride was joyous and smooth. And so we
arrived at Churchgate station and nop we were not at the Gateway Of India yet. It took us around 25 minutes to walk to the monument and along the way passing the Mumbai University, the Modern Art Museum and etc.

As you arrive you can see from far that this tourism spot is full. Apart from tourists you have photographers taking pictures of tourists with their antique old school cameras hanging down from the neck holding a board of pictures taken previously as walking advertisement. Ice-cream man. The onlookers. The beggars.

The Gateway of India is one of Mumbai’s famous colonial architectural
monument, it was built as an arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 A.D. A ceremony was held at the gate for the last British troops, the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, leaving Mumbai in the year 1948.

There is a small boat service at the water front which can take you on a ride to the nearby Elephanta Caves on the Elephanta Island just off the coast. It contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva and is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists too. For more information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_of_India
http://www.indiaprofile.com/monuments-temples/gatewayofindia.htm

written by ng1336

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