India Gate Delhi

India Gate

“Identity of Delhi”

India Gate, The glorious masterpiece at the heart of the city has become Delhi's identity. Initially it was 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. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers who were killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. There are also big torches that are burning on either four corners of this monument. This was lit to pay homage to the soldiers who were killed during the Indo-Pak war in 1971.

Architect of India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. This monument was built under the supervision and control of Duke of Connaught during the year 1921 and the building was dedicated to the nation by Viceroy Lord Irwin in 1931. India Gate is 42 meters high and is a hotspot for visitors from across the county and foreigners as well. During the night, India gate is dazzled by floodlit and the fountains nearby are lit up with colored lights.

The Canopy

Just near to India Gate (about 150 meter), at a junction of six roads, is a 73-foot cupola. Lutyens used four Delhi Order columns to support the domed canopy and its chhajja. This canopy is built in memory of Sir George V. But after some years the statue of Sir George V was removed from the place and unlike all other ancient statues was kept at Coronation Memorial Park which is in North Delhi. It is believed that the canopy at India gate being vacant symbolizes that Britishers have been retreated from India. It was often suggested that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi be placed under the cupola, where the king's statue once stood. The suggestion was even discussed in the Indian Parliament. In 1981, the Government in response to a question in parliament confirmed that it was considering the installation of Mahatma K Gandhi statue under the empty canopy, but no final decision has been taken till now.

Amar Jawan Jyoti   “A Tribute to the Soldiers”

In 1971, following the Bangladesh Liberation war, a small 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 is called Amar Jawan Jyoti. The eternal flame burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the India-Pakistan war of 1971. This is serving as India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At every Republic day, before attending the parade, the Prime Minister of India has to do his work of paying the homage for the dead soldiers.

Open all days

Entry Fee: Free

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Best hour to visit: 6:00 AM- 10:00 PM 


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India Gate
Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi 110001
Near by Metro
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