The most famous monument and most popular tourist attraction in Mumbai is the Gateway of India, this huge monument was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in December 1911 (the first-ever visit of a British Monarch to India) complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. After the rain of the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway.
Today the monument is visited by thousands of tourists every year wishing to marvel at one of the most iconic structures that India has to offer. In the immediate vicinity and behind a small park is the majestic and historic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which pre-dates the Gateway by twenty years and has been visited by hundreds of dignitaries and famous people over the years.
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