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The India Gate, New Delhi

India Gate

The India Gate was built in 1931 and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. This 42 m high stone arch of victory, universally known as The India Gate, stands at the eastern end of Rajpath, New Delhi. It was previously officially known as The All India War Memorial. The names of the 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the First World War, Afghan campaign of 1919 and the North-West Frontier operations are inscribed on the walls of this grand structure.

In the year 1971, an eternal flame or Amar Jawan Jyoti, was lit under the arch of the India Gate to honor the brave unknown, soldiers. The flame is flanked by uniformed soldiers, who stand guard over the flame. Near the flame, a shining rifle with a helmet on it, is placed on a high pedestal, as a tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the battle. The best time to visit India Gate is after sunset, when the structure is floodlit and the atmosphere becomes pleasant.

During the evenings people come here for perambulation and children can be seen playing on the beautiful green lawns and around the trees that surround the structure. Visitors can enjoy boating in the water bodies alongside the lawns. Fountains located nearby are also illuminated with colored lights to add further resplendence to the ambience. The fair-like festive environment, is enhanced by numerous hawkers selling ice cream, street food, toys and balloons.

Just a few meters away from The India Gate, there is a beautiful canopy or domed kiosk, with a roof of red sandstone, under which the marble statue of Sir George V once stood. The canopy was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was built in 1936. The statue has been removed from beneath the canopy to the Coronation Memorial Park in North Delhi. The emptiness of the canopy is symbolic of the British retreat from India. The visitor can stand on the other side of the canopy and can view the entire Rajpath Avenue at a stretch, which is indeed a wonderful sight.

Important Facts About The India Gate

Name The India Gate
Location Connaught Place (Rajeev Chowk) Located at the eastern end of Rajpath.
Time to Visit Open on all days, round the clock
Preferred Timings 7.00 pm-9.30 pm
Admission Fee Free and open to all
Photography Charges Nil
Nearest Railway Station New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station Central Sectretariat
Nearest International Airport Indira Gandhi Intenational Airport
Time required for sightseeing Approximately 1 hour
How To Reach Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the monument, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail. From CP one can even take a stroll till India Gate

Special / Annual Event at The India Gate

Republic Day Parade

Every year on 26th January, The Day when the consititution of India was formed, The President of India places a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay his / her respects to the Indian Armed Forces. A grand parade then takes place along The Rajpath. Marching Contingents, Tanks and Weaponry, as well as colorful floats, folk dances and school children from different parts of India, take part in this resplendent ceremony that celebrate's India's Republic Day at The India Gate.

Swar Utsav

Organized by Delhi Tourism every October, Swar Utsav, the best Indian classical musicians perfom for music lovers in the beautiful ambience of the India Gate lawns.

Tourist Attractions Near The India Gate

The tourist attractions such as The Rashtrapati Bhawan - The Presidential Mansion, North and South Block - where important government offices are located, The Parliament House - where Indian leaders meet, The National Museum - with its extensive collection of historical artifacts and The National Gallery of Modern Art - famous for its contemporary Indian art collection are all located near the India Gate.

Famous Places To Eat Close To The India Gate

Some Of the famous places to eat which are located at close proximity to the India Gate are the Ice cream vendors on the India gate lawns offering a wide choice of ice creams. Apart from the vendors there are many Hotels nearby. Some of these are - Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, The LaLit, New Delhi, Parikrama Revolving restaurant.

Connaught Place located near to the India Gate offers many culinary options. Some of these are Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam's Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: McDonalds, Nirula's, Wengers, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Barista and Café Coffee Day. Bengali Market (for traditional Indian sweets), Kake da hotel (Indian food), and innumerable roadside foodstalls for the adventurous street-food eater.

Shopping Venues Near The India Gate

Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art, leather goods and a wide choice of Indian and International Clothes Stores), Central Cottage Industries Emporium (Indian handicrafts and curios). Baba Kharak Singh Marg houses the emporia of all the states of India dedicated to each state's unique art & craft created by traditional and skilled artisans. Janpath (clothes, low priced gifts and souvenirs) and Palika Bazaar (wide range of electronic items) are the famous shopping venues that comes into the mind of tourists who are visiting The India Gate.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01

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Naina

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Posted on 2012-01-05Wow!!., w?nderful'.

Amit sharma

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Posted on 2011-11-26Awesome! I want to spent large time here.......

mallika agrawal

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Posted on 2011-10-28very nice