India Gate is one of the most important historical monuments in the city of Delhi. It is a tribute to the 90,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life in World War1, the northwest frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco. It was designed by the famous British architect, Edward Lutyens and was originally called the All India War Memorial. All the names of the soldiers are inscribed on the arc of the gate. The memorial beneath the arch honors the lives lost on the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971. A tour to this monument is a lifetime experience that gives you the feel of historic India on one hand and on the other hand it lets you understand the courage & importance of brave Indian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The majestic structure is 42 meter tall and the entire arch stands on a low red stone base rising in stages to a huge molding. On both the sides, at the top of the structure, is inscribed India Gate. From the base of the arch of India Gate one can have a magnificent view of the Rashterapati Bhavan.
Things to see and do
The green velvety lawns at the India gate are perfect for evening strolls. Locals come for picnics on the weekends. People also come here for Yoga and meditation. You may find numerous local vendors selling ice creams, aerated drinks, and balloons. For the lovers of flowers and beauty, the open lawns are a perfect haven.
Feel the pain of 90,000 Indian soldiers who fought for the country and their people. The feeling of patriotism is obvious when you look at the name of the soldiers inscribed on the magnificent Gate and the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame.
You can be part of Swar Utsav organized by Delhi Tourism in the month of October every year at the Indian Gate lawns. Some of renowned Indian classical musicians and artists participate in this event.
Quite close to the India Gate are Children Park and Boating Club that organize boating for the tourists. Apart from that, you can go shopping in the nearby markets. Janpath and Palika bazaar are most famous among the tourists.
Excursion from India Gate
Near to India Gate, is a beautiful canopy, with a roof of red sandstone, under which the marble statue of George V once stood. It was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and constructed in 1936. For the purpose of information, the statue has been removed from beneath the canopy to the Coronation Memorial Park in North Delhi.
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