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Away to the Gateway

Nov 14, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Another angle of the Gateway. It was pretty here. In front of the premises is an area enclosed in green fence as mentioned they also put a “keep away” fence inside around the main building itself. It was nice.

Frontier trivia the day:

air pollution from industrial effluents and vehicle emissions; and water pollution from raw sewage and runoff of agricultural pesticides are one of the current environmental issues in India.

Gateway arches

Nov 14, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Ah there. A little view of the inside of the Gateway, since it is closed for public access. we can just walk around it. the government put a fence around it so no one would do any harm to the building or clutter in there, I guess. You see the works of art the arches.

Frontier trivia the day:

India has 7,000 kilometers of coastline.

Gateway horseman

Nov 13, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

This is a horseman statue in front of the Gateway in India, of course he must be some important person in their history. It was such a busy place full of people and vehicles jamming the streets. I was making my way through tight and watchful for anything. Fortunately, all was fine. They are such nice people, especially to tourists. They would just stare.

Frontier trivia the day:

India produces the fourth largest reserves of coal in the world.

As it is written

Nov 13, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

I was trying to take a snapshot of the writings on top in front of the Gateway, but this was all I could get the clearest. It says in majuscules (I’m not sure what font, as if it’s important! :-D ): “ Erected to commemorate the landing in India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the second of December MCMX1.”

Frontier trivia the day:

the comparative area of India is slightly more than 1/3 the size of the US.

Me in the gateway

Nov 13, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Now this is me in front of the Gateway of India. As you see in my shadow, it was 1:31 pm in June 9th. :-D It was amazing, and impressive.

Frontier trivia the day:

India’s location is in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.

Gateway of India

Nov 13, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Another shot of the towering landmark which is always busy with people hanging around and of tourists. In the foreground was the driver.

Frontier trivia the day:

despite impressive gains in economic and investments and output, India faces pressing problems such as significant over population, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and ethnic and religious strife.

In the Gateway of India

Nov 6, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Finally we were in the Gateway of India. I was so glad to be there for the first time.

This 25 meter high stone archway is the landmark of Mumbai. It was designed by George Wittet in the 16th century Gujarat style and was built to commemorate the visit in 1911 of of King George V and Queen Mary to India. The foundations were laid on March 31, 1913 and between 1915 and 1919, the land on which the Gateway was to be built was reclaimed from the sea. The Gateway was formally opened by the then Viceroy, the Earl of Reading, on December 4, 1924. The design of the Gateway is in the style of the 16th century Gujarati architecture. The main structures is in yellow basalt stone, whereas the domes and galleries are of reinforced concrete.

Frontier trivia the day:

by the 19th century, Britain had assumed political control of virtually all Indian lands.

To the Gateway of India

Sep 29, 2007 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Where do you think we were going? Right. We were heading to the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Another driver was taking me there, through the courtesy of hubby’s colleague, a very nice Indian man. I was about to finally see the landmark myself after all the reading and seeing it just in the papers and literatures. I was excited then. And why not? It was one of my wishes in life.

Frontier trivia the day:

in 2001, there are about 16.2% of the population in scheduled Castes. Scheduled tribe is 8.2%.

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