The Gateway of India was erected in Bombay (Mumbai), India to commemorate the landing in December 1911 of King George V, the first British monarch to visit India, and Queen Mary.


At the time of their visit, the gateway was not yet built, so a cardboard structure greeted the royals. The foundation stone was laid in March 1913, and construction was completed in 1924. The structure is made of basalt and is 26 meters (85 feet) tall.

The Gateway of India enjoys a commanding view of the Arabian Sea and is located across from the Taj Mahal Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel.


The Gateway and the Taj were targeted in major terrorist attacks in 2008.