- India Gate

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India Gate is the pride of Delhi. An imposing structure, the gate was built in memory  of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died during World War I. Situated at the at the end of Rajpath, the India Gate is 42 meters high and is a popular  relaxation area during the summer evenings and picnic spot during winter. The India Gate allows tourists to retrace the bravado of the Indian soldiers. Initially called All India War Memorial, the gate was designed and built by Edwin Lutyens who is also credited with the designing of New Delhi, the capital of India.

The India gate was structured and designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1921.The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness - The Duke of Connaught. The India Gate was built to commemorate the British and Indian soldiers who died in the First World War and hundreds of soldiers who lost their lives in the Northwest Frontier, the Afghan war of 1919 and the Indo-Pak war in 1971.

The India Gate stands tall in the heart of the city with a structural elegance equal to its counterpart in Paris. The monument is built with light brown Bharatpur stones. An added memorial- Amar Jawan Jyoti was introduced in 1971 after the Indo-Pak war in the memory of the many deceased Indian soldiers. A flame burns day and night in remembrance of the lost lives.

The India Gate, originally called the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located astride the  rajpath on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of , formerly called Kingsway. The names of some 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in  World war  in ", and elsewhere in the near and the far-east", between 1914–19, are inscribed on the memorial arch. In addition, the war memorial bears the names of some 12,516 Indian soldiers who died while serving in "India and during the war".The India Gate war memorial, the architectural style of which has been compared with the gateway of India  in Bombay, and the Napoleonic in Paris.

In 1971, following the  war , a small simple structure, consisting of a black marble plinth, with reversed rifle, capped by war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. This structure, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, has since 1971 served as India’s  Tomb .Ten years after the foundation stone laying ceremony, on February 12, 1931, the All India War Memorial was inaugurated by Viceroy , who on the occasion said “ those who after us shall look upon this monument may learn in pondering its purpose something of that sacrifice and service which the names upon its walls record.The All-India War Memorial in New Delhi was designed by Edwin Lutyens, who was not only the main architects of New Delhi, but a leading designer of war memorials. He was a members of the IWGC, and one of Europe’s foremost designer of war graves and memorials. He designed sixty-five war memorials in Europe.

General Information:

Address: Rajpath, New Delhi-01
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Area of Delhi: Central Delhi
Distance from Airport: 15 Kms
Opening Time: 6:00 AM - 6:00PM
Entrance Charges: Free
Camera Fee: Free
Time Required: Half Day

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