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India Gate: A pride of all things Indian

The India Gate is an imposing 42-metre-high stone arch and a war memorial that commemorates the glorious sacrifice of Indian soldiers perished in the First World War and the 1919 Afghan War. Located astride the Rajpath, the monument and its sprawling gardens are thronged by people all around the world.

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Think about Delhi and you are bound to think about New Delhi India Gate. Initially called the All India War Memorial, this historical monument in New Delhi bears the memoir of 90000 Indian soldiers who were killed in First World War. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the construction work of India Gate was completed in the year 1931. It's located in Rajpath, the royal way which leads to the President's residence. The names of the martyrs are etched on the body of this 42 m high India Gate. The place is illuminated with thousands of lights and that creates a gracious impact at night. The edifice is surrounded by lush green and that together paired well is the intrinsic spirit of the India Gate.

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Amar Jawan Jyoti is a burning shrine underneath the arch of the famous India Gate. The flame honors the immortal warriors of India. The shrine is a monument made out of black marble. A rifle is positioned on the barrel, tufted by a helmet of a soldier. The words "Amar Jawan is inscribed in gold in each of the faces of the monument.

The Prime Minister and the President of India and all other visiting guests pay respect to the immortal soldiers, at this site on various State ceremonies, 26 January, Republic Day etc.

Situated in Rajpath in Delhi the India Gate bears immense historical significance. A 42 meter high gateway built in red stone and granite the India Gate was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyen the architect who laid out the plan for Delhi. The foundation stone of India Gate of Delhi was laid by the Duke of Connaught. The construction of India Gate of Delhi was completed in February 1921.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the capital the India Gate today acts as a popular picnic spot for most of the tourists and citizens of Delhi.

Also known as the 'All India War Memorial', the India Gate India Gate in Delhi was constructed as a memorial in honor of 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I and also the Third Anglo Afghan War. 'Amar Jawan Jyoti' or the flame of the immortal warrior is burning under it since 1971. The eternal flame reminds one of the sacrifices of those brave soldiers who lost their precious lives in an attempt to protect the country.

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India Gate in Delhi at present is a famous relaxation for the local people of Delhi in summer evenings and a popular picnic spot in winter months. The popular India Gate is located at the heart of the capital, and easily accessible by the tourists. Delhi India Gate lies at the east end of Janpath that leads to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
India Gate offers a variety of entertainment. The whole day can be spent by watching monkey performance, riding a camel, viewing the soap bubbles that is blown all over the lawns of the India Gate, playing with balloons and more. In the evening, Delhi's India Gate is crowded with evening walkers as well as tourists and mobile vendors. You can taste the typical Indian fast foods, 'fruit chaat', 'bhelpuri', 'chana jor garam', 'dal ka pakodas', aerated drinks from the arcade of vendors stationed there.

Some Important Facts on India Gate

Name India Gate
Site About a mile from Connaught Place, (Rajeev Chowk) at the eastern end of Rajpath.
Admission Fee Free
Open Open every day, through out the day
Best Time to Visit 7.00 pm -9.30 pm
Nearest Metro Station Kendriya Terminal
Nearest Railway Station New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest International Airport Indira Gandhi Intenational Airport
How can you reach Through local buses from within New Delhi, auto taxis, rickshaws and the metro rail

Last Updated on : August 9, 2016