At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.
The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and it was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The monument was dedicated to the nation 10
During nightfall, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights. India Gate stands at one end of Rajpath, and the area surrounding it is generally referred to as ‘India Gate’.
Surrounding the imposing structure is a large expanse of lush green lawns, which is a popular picnic spot. One can see hoards of people moving about the brightly lit area and on the lawns on summer evenings.
years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later, after India got its independence. The eternal flame burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
Delhi Tourism, a government undertaking facilitating tourism since 1975 will take you to a guided tour of the Delhi through this website which explores the wonders of this city be it its heritage, the art and crafts, the diverse cuisine and culture.
Tourist Attractions in India Gate
The gate holds inscription of 13,300 names of Indian soldiers, service men and UK officials. Later in 1971, a small structure made of black marble with a reversed rifle holding a war helmet on top was built under the arch. This structure is called Amar Jawan Jyoti. The gate is 42 meter tall standing on a basement made of Bharatpur red stone. A shallow dome is open on the top of the wall, whichwas used to light the gate with burning oil.
A few meters away from the gate, you can find a canopy, which was built, similar to the pavilion of Mahabalipuram. This canopy stands as a memory to King George V who ruled India in the past. A marble statue of the king in his royal robes and wearing the Imperial crown was inaugurated in the canopy and it was removed later.
How to Reach India Gate?
Once inside Delhi, you can easily find all forms of transportation to reach India Gate. There are direct buses that reaches close to the India Gate from various parts of the city. The nearest metro station to the India Gate is Central Secretariat located on the yellow and the violet line.
Best Time to Visit India Gate
The best time to visit is between 7 pm and 9:30 pm. During this time, the structure will be illuminated. If you visit in the evening, you can find many street food vendors selling local snacks and delicacies. If you visit in January, you ought to witness the parade that passes through the India Gate on Jan 26th, the Republic day.
Entry Fee and Visiting Time
The monument is open to tourists throughout the year and throughout the day. There is no entry charge or photography charge for the monument.
No visit to Delhi is complete without an experience of its famed specialties such as its delicious curries, barbecued tikkas and kebabs. It is also a shoppers’ haven, whether you want to pick up some rich, woven silks, handicrafts, or ethnic cushions for your home. For cuisine of different Indian states and an array of Indian art and craft there are three Dilli Haats in Delhi at INA, Pitampura and the brand new Dilli Haat at Janakpuri.
It is time to celebrate this city which is a symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present. As a Capital city it is fittingly a window to the country. So come and look out of the window and discover a whole new city of numerous stories and experiences.