Friday, December 10, 2010
Taj Hotel was completed on December 16, 1903-hotel offers 565 rooms for the guests that include 46 suites. There are 12 rooms in this hotel that can seat 18 to 2000 people for receptions and cocktails or 25 to 500 persons in auditorium style.--THIS PICTURE SHOWS 'GATE WAY OF INDIA 'IS NOT MADE YET -AND THAT PLACE AS OCCUPIED BY JUST A SHED TO WELCOME THE WEARY SHIP PASSENGERS FROM ENGLAND; AFTER ALMOST 1 MONTH OF TRAVEL--GATE WAY OF INDIA Designed by George Wittet, an architect, Gateway of India took approximately 4 years (1920 to 1924) to get fully completed.
GATE WAY OF INDIA
The main idea behind the construction of the Gateway of India was to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. Sir George Sydenham Clarke, the then Governor of Bombay, laid down the foundation stone of the monument in March 1911. However, his plan was approved in 1914 and the reclamations at Apollo Bundar got completed in 1919. Designed by George Wittet, an architect, Gateway of India took approximately 4 years (1920 to 1924) to get fully completed.
First Major Event
The first major event that took place at the Gateway of India was the passing of the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry. They were the last troops of the British to leave India after independence. The ceremony was conducted on 28th February 1948.