Mumbai, the grand port city on the shores of the ocean, provides the perfect gateway to India. Its history, rich with tales from the original Koli fisherfolk to Hindu and Muslim dynasties, the Portuguese and the British, has given it a legacy more cosmopolitan than anywhere in the region. Today’s Mumbai is an economic powerhouse, vibrant with entrepreneurial energy.
The Gateway of India, the arch of triumph of the British was built to mark the visit of King George V in 1911. The Gateway also marks the end of the Raj, with the last of the British regiments departing from these very shores 36 years later. The Prince of Wales Museum, designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, includes exquisite sculptures from the Elephanta Island, terracotta figurines from the Indus valley, Gandharan Buddhas, miniature paintings, porcelain and weaponry.