India Gate (Delhi)

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The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, the India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It was built in 1931. Originally known as the All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the Indian Empire, or more correctly the British Raj, in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is composed of red and pale sandstone and granite. Originally, a statue of George V of the United Kingdom stood under the now vacant canopy in front of the India Gate, but it was removed to Coronation Park together with other statues. Following India's independence, the India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's Tombof the Unknown Soldier, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti ("the flame of the immortal soldier").

The marvelous Delhi attraction, India Gate is 42 meters tall. It is adorned by beautiful gardens and fountains. The India Gate is surrounded by a circular road which leads to several diversions ahead. These diversions further continue into some of the important roads connecting other places.

After the Indian Independence, the India Gate also got the Amar Jawan Jyoti as another major war memorial. This Amar Jawan Jyoti consists of a shrine made of black marble. There is a rifle with a soldier’s cap that stands erect on the top of the black marble shrine, to pay homage to the martyrs of Indian Independence and the India Pakistan war. Ever since its construction, this memorial serves as a structure for paying homage to all warriors who lost their lives for India’s pride. Along with the shrine, there burns the flame, in the honor of these immortal warriors at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

India Gate attractions:

Apart from being a remarkable place of national importance, the India Gate also attracts people with its environment. India Gate is filled with local people as well as tourists, who come to enjoy the parks and the gardens, which lie around the gate. With dusk, the India Gate is illuminated with several lights, making this place an absolute beauty.

You can enjoy the beauty of its surroundings, by camping or having a picnic at the India Gate. The night has a beautiful effect on this martyrs memorial, which glows and looks spectacular.


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