Built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in Mumbai in 1911, and free to all, the Gateway of India is a Mumbai icon. Constructed in classic Indo-Saracenic style, the basalt arch is thronged daily by tourists, locals, hawkers and souvenir-photo-wallahs. It’s most atmospheric in the evening, lit up against the backdrop of Mumbai harbour. Just metres away is another opulent colonial-era monument – the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, still timelessly grand after more than a century as Mumbai’s top hotel. Staying in the palace-esque rooms costs a fortune, but there’s no charge for visiting the lobby to admire the lavish interiors at this resilient Mumbai landmark.


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