My visit to Mumbai a year ago was not for travelling but attending my brother for hospital checkup. But this is Mumbai and whatever may be your engagement you will at least end up with visiting the Gateway of India!
Gateway of India, a monumental memento of British Rule in India, stands on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was a rainy evening of July when I visited this most famous monument of Mumbai. But I saw no fewer crowds despite of the drizzle. It was noticeably the favorite gathering place for locals as well as the tourists. The place was also crowded with hawkers and photographers and there was no dearth of spirit among the visitors.Everyone seemed happy to be there! A very happening place indeed! I wanted to take pictures of this monument from the sea but it was very rough and there was no ferry. I consoled myself that someday I would shoot it from the sea may be on my visit to Elephanta Island.
Opposite the Gateway of India, stands the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj symbolising Maratha pride and courage. The Eye catching dome of another iconic structure, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was peeping over and I turned right. Built right next to the Gateway of India, which was one of the targets of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks., is the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace. The loss of human life and damage to the hotel because of the 26/11 attacks was immense but it has been restored with all of its glory and now stands tall victorious. This iconic hotel surely personifies the essence of Mumbai.
P.S. All the above photos are mobile clicked.