I’ve been to India Gate too many times that I have lost count of it. This looks like the heart of Delhi. It seems as if every road converges at this point. Long before I saw it for myself I had seen it on TV; especially during Republic day Parades.
India gate is a tourist hotspot but more than that it is a social hub. Candle light services are often held with the India Gate silhouette at the backdrop. It stands as an upright figure of freedom. Designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1931 it was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The purpose of the grand monument was to honor those 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Raj. At a closer look the monument bear the name of some of those soldiers. Under the arch of India gate there’s a black shrine known as Amar Jawan Jyoti which marks an Unknown Army’s Tomb. A rifle stands on the Tomb with a helmet on top. It has become customary for President and Prime Minister to pay tribute to the fallen armies who gave their life for the Country.
A straight road of 3km called Rajpath runs from India Gate to Raisina Hill. This wide road is surrounded on both sides by lush lawns and shaded with trees. Even on a hot day people come here to rest under the cool shades. India Gate is very much everyone’s property. There is certain sense of homeliness and belongingness when you visit this place. You feel welcomed. All kinds of people flocked here especially towards the cool evening. Boat ride facilities are available just near India Gate. It is a good way of beating the summer heat. Many vendors do brisk business from tourists. You’ll always find a Chaiwala and a Chanawala even on a hot day.
India Gate is a good place for family outing, even for family with kids. Police stroll around the vicinity and insures safety. At evening the golden sun hit the western Side of the Gate and for brief moment it stood like a gold gilded monument.India gate stays awake even late into the night and there's a sense of festive air around it. People came here for all kinds of celebrations and the sparks of joy lit up the whole place.