Many cities are well known and remembered through different types of icons. To Paris it’s the Eiffel Tower, to London it’s the Big Ben, and it’s the Statue of Liberty in New York while in Mumbai it is the Gateway of India.
The city of Mumbai or Bombay as it was formerly known is the nerve-centre of India. It is where the nation’s heart beats and it is literally where the rubber meets the road. India’s financial capital for many years, Mumbai offers something fascinating for everyone; be it a top-notch businessman, a pleasure seeker or a student on a research project.
By far Mumbai’s most popular monument, the Gateway of India follows the same genre as the famous Parisian masterpiece the Arc de Triomphe and the India Gate of Delhi. Built to honour the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, the monument is made of yellow basalt and rock-hard concrete and features a combination of attributes from Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. The pillars of the structure are pretty much similar to the designs found in Hindu temples while the windows are quite clearly of Muslim origin.
Through the years, the Gateway of India has seen many significant milestones in India’s recent history. None more significant as the event when the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, the last British troops to leave India, passed through the gateway to signify that India was free at last!
The Leela Kempinski Mumbai offers a refreshing change to the usual luxury hotels in Mumbai. The property is a major business hotel in Mumbai and presents its guests with an array of facilities and services that will ensure that their stay here is a truly memorable one. The plush interior, comfortable accommodation facilities, star-class dining and business facilities available at The Leela Kempinski Mumbai make it a flagship property amongst the other 5 star Mumbai hotels.