In the afternoons the Gateway of India is pretty crowded but in the mornings visitors are scarce, i watched this young girl chase pigeons for about 15 minutes (until I felt I had contracted Histoplamosis) until she gave up.
This monument in Mumbai, located near the Taj Mahal Hotel, is a great place to do some people watching or even catch a ferry to Elephanta Island. The actual gateway was to commemorate the arrival of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary during a visit to India in 1911, the monument is still a national icon.
Any cab driver will know the Gateway of India, but be sure and bring your tout-stick because they will try and sell you everything.
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See Truth and Light at the Gateway of India
There is something so beautiful captured in the spirit of the Indian people- it's a sincere honesty and openess that so many of them gave me a glimpse of, even through a simple look. This man was one of them. He goes to the Gateway of India each morning to feed the birds, and I feel he's been doing this for years and will be there for years to come. Wake up early, before sunrise, and see the most stunning colors emerge over the water and the fisherman as they prepare for their day at sea-- and look for the man with the birds who has truth in his eyes.
One of the highlights of my trip was watching these two young girls frantically chase hundreds of pigeons in circles for nearly twenty minutes, laughing hysterically the entire time.
There is a man who is here in the mornings that brings a big bag of seed with him to feed the pigeons. For a small fee he will allow you to grab two handfuls and hold out your hands until you are covered in swarming pigeons.
The Gateway appears like a fortress at the Arabian seashore in the Coloba district of Mumbai. It's small compared to the Taj Mahal hotel palace across the street, and perhaps that's on purpose. The Gateway was built in 1911 to welcome British royalty and, even though it combines domestic and foreign architecture, it is a symbol of the British Raj era in India.
While staying at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai, this view of the Gateway of India was out the window of the new tower. It's a cool perch from which to watch the early morning feeding of the pigeons, tourists and travelers on the hourly ferries.