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6 Reasons the Gateway of India is Overrated

Gateway of India? Really? This is Why You Should Absolutely not go! Getty Images

An iconic historic monument, synonymous with amchi Mumbai, its on every visitors itinerary: but is it really worth a visit? Set in a plush and vibrant neghbourhood, this is why you SHOULD NOT go! 

6 Reasons the Gateway of India is Overrated:

  1. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  2. Sahara Star, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  3. Taj Lands End, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  4. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  5. Trident Hotel, Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Day 1. A symbol of India's colonial past, SO what?

A symbol of India's colonial past, SO what?source: commons wikipedia

The British built it in 1924 on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea. In its time, this was the first building or monument travelers arriving by boat would see of Mumbai. The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, prior to the Delhi Durbar, in December 1911. 

Luxury: Taj Mahal Palace

Mid-range: Imperial Palace

Budget: Adarsh Baug Hotels

Day 2. Not because its in a plush neighbourhood that never sleeps! No please!

Not because its in a plush neighbourhood that never sleeps! No please!source: Gaurdian

The bustling Colaba causeway to do shopping in, the iconic Leopald cafe, the boozy Gokul bar, the romantic Cafe Marina; yes, theres nothing to do around the Gateway of India.

Luxury: Taj Mahal Palace

Mid-range: Imperial Palace

Budget: Adarsh Baug Hotels

Day 3. Great view of the Arabian Sea? Jetty for boats to the Elephanta Caves? Nay, not good enough!

Great view of the Arabian Sea? Jetty for boats to the Elephanta Caves? Nay, not good enough!source: memorable India

Specctacular views of the Arabian sea, a few islands and glimpses of Navi Mumbai far away on a clear day! this is probably one of the best views of the sea in Mumbai. Apart from this, the ferry to the ancient Elephanta caves on Gharapuri island starts from the Gateway. 

Luxury: Taj Mahal Palace

Mid-range: Imperial Palace

Budget: Adarsh Baug Hotels

Day 4. Next to the magnificent Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, dont bother!

Next to the magnificent Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, dont bother!source: Taj hotels

Perhaps the most recognizable icon of India's hospitality, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel is right next to the Gateway of India. The 2 together in one photo is a grand sight indeed. The Taj is defines Mumbai's skyline as much as the Gateway itself. 

Luxury: Taj Mahal Palace

Mid-range: Imperial Palace

Budget: Adarsh Baug Hotels

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Day 5. Awesome street food by the sea? No thank you!

Awesome street food by the sea? No thank you!source: indiaopines.com

The best street food, with a view of crashing waves and boats ferrying tourists and the sight of a rich thriving Mumbai. Thats whats on offer in the lanes around Apollo Bunder and the Gateway of India

Luxury: Taj Mahal Palace

Mid-range: Imperial Palace

Budget: Adarsh Baug Hotels

Day 6. Sailing out in the Arabian Sea! so cliche, not for me!

Sailing out in the Arabian Sea! so cliche, not for me!source: www.yachtchartersmumbai.com

Out of the several watersports on offer, sailing around this patch of sea treats you with an amazing view of the Taj and the Gateway

Luxury: Taj Mahal Palace

Mid-range: Imperial Palace

Budget: Adarsh Baug Hotels

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