India Gate, The All India War Memorial, is an iconic and monumental structure located in the heart of New Delhi, the capital city of India. It is one of the most significant landmarks in the country and holds immense historical and patriotic importance. Standing tall at a height of 42 meters (138 feet) and stretching across a vast expanse, India Gate is a fusion of architectural brilliance and national pride.

The arch-shaped structure of India Gate adorned with intricately carved inscriptions. Including the names of over 13,000 British and Indian soldiers. Who lost their lives during World War 1 and 3 Anglo-Afghan War. This makes India Gate a war memorial and a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave souls in the line of duty.

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History –

The Monuments was design by Sir Edwin Lutyens, one of the principal architects of New Delhi. He envisioned India Gate as a part of the larger urban planning project to create a new capital city for British India. The site for India Gate was chosen at eastern end of Raj Path (then called Kingsway). A ceremonial boulevard that connected the Viceroy’s House (now Rashtrapati Bhavan) to the India Gate.

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The foundation stone of India Gate was laid on February 10, 1921, by the Duke of Connaught. The third son of Queen Victoria. Construction began soon after and monument took about 10 years to complete.

Construction was completed in 1931. But its origins date back to World War I. The idea of a war memorial to honor the Indian soldiers. Who sacrificed their lives during the First World War and Anglo-African war.

A short walk through the monument –

Paying Tribute to the Martyrs :

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Our journey begins at the imposing India Gate. A memorial dedicated to the soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I and the Afghan Wars. As we approach the monument, we witness the eternal flame, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers in service of the country.

The Architecture and Design :

Let’s take a moment to admire the stunning architecture of India Gate. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the arch stands at an impressive height, featuring intricate carvings and inscriptions. Its perfect symmetry and grandeur leave us in awe of the architectural brilliance.

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Amar Jawan Jyoti :

As we move closer to the heart of India Gate, we encounter the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a black marble cenotaph adorned with a rifle, helmet, and war wreath. This solemn structure commemorates the Unknown Soldier and serves as a timeless tribute to all those who fought valiantly for the nation.

Reflections of History :

During visit we learn about historical events and significance of India Gate. Where the names of soldiers who sacrificed their lives are inscribed on its walls. The stories of bravery and heroism echo through the corridors of time, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts.

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Witnessing the Spirit of India :

As we conclude our heritage walk, we find ourselves amidst the lively atmosphere surrounding India Gate. Families and friends gather, making memories and celebrating the spirit of unity and patriotism. The monument’s magnetic charm draws people from all walks of life, making it a hub of cultural diversity and national pride.

Our walk to India Gate has been a memorable journey through time, honoring the valor of the brave soldiers and embracing the spirit of India’s indomitable unity. This iconic monument not only stands as a symbol of sacrifice. But also serves as a meeting point where history and contemporary life converge. As we bid adieu, let’s carry with us the essence of India’s enduring pride and pay tribute to those who continue to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and freedom.

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Best Time To Visit India Gate :

The favorable months to visit Delhi are February to April and August to November. India Gate can be explore anytime throughout the day. The night view is amazing with perfect lighting. India gate decorated on Independence Day (August 15) or Republic Day (January 26) as well.

Frequently asked questions FAQ :

How to reach India Gate?

By Bus and Metro, India Gate is 5 KM form New Delhi Railway station, Nearest Delhi Metro to Udyog Bhawan & Central Secretariat.

What is the Entry fee for India Gate:

It’s FREE -No Entry fee required.

Can visit India Gate any time?

India Gate can visit any time of day and Night, The Light Show timing is : 07 PM- 09 PM.

Where is Car and Bike parking near India Gate?

1- Hyderabad House: Nearest Parking Spot
2-Shahjahan Road: (10 Minutes Walk)
3-Bikaner House at Pandara Road (10-12 Minutes Walk)
4-NDMC Parking at Pandara Road  (10-12 Minutes Walk), INR 30 Per Hour
5-Delhi High Court parking (15 Minutes Walk), INR 30 Per Hour
6-Man Singh Road: Follow Ashoka road from India Gate Circle and take a left diversion to Man Singh Road (8-10 minutes walk); Free

What is Foundation Stone of India Gate?

Laid Down: 1921
Unveiled On: 1931
Unveiled By: Indian Viceroy Lord Irwin

India Gate boating timings?

Boating Timing : from 2 PM to 9 PM

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