India Gate

India Gate is the National Monument of India, and is very fittingly located in Delhi, the capital of the country. This monument might have been initiated by the British, but it came to symbolize the country’s perseverance, strength, and the commemoration of all those soldiers who have made the hard-earned freedom possible. The India Gate originally called the All India war memorial and is located astride the Rajpath. The vast green lawns surrounding the arch are a polpular space where Delhi descends to eat ice-cream on summer nights, or enjoy sunny winter picnics.

Straight down the road form the Rashtrapati Bhavan gare, the road called rajpath ends in the All-India War Memorial Arch, now called India Gate 40ft high, commemorating the soldier kolled in World War I. 

Hindi is the official language.


Travel Tips

If you plan on visiting the India Gate during the summers, make sure you go there in the night, to avoid the scorching heat.

You can carry a small lunch with you, at other times, in order to sit in one of the lawns and enjoy a nice meal so close to this beautiful monument. 

All buildings closed to the public, but discussed features can be seen from Rajpath and the Mughal Gardens.

When to visit

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Things to do

The 42 meter tall India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. I was constructed to commemorate the Indian soldiers who had lost their lives fighting in the First World War as a part of the British Army, during the colonial rule. There were about 70,000 Indian soldiers who had lost their lives in the Afghan War in 1919.  The names of 13,516 Indian and British soldiers have been carved on the monument in order to immortalize their contribution to the country, which was instrumental in gaining India her freedom.

The foundation of the India Gate was laid by His Royal Highness, Duke of Connaught in the year 1921. It was inaugurated in 1933, but after ten years of its construction, the monument was officially dedicated to India by the Viceroy, Lord Irvin. The structure of the India Gate is a hexagonal complex, and the monument is surrounded by well-maintained lawns. One can enjoy a pleasant evening ambling about these lawns near the gate, and the monument was placed at that spot so as to be close to a number of the major roads in the city. The Republic Day parade passes through the India Gate.

The Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier is also placed at the India Gate. This was done after the independence of the country, and the India Gate was acknowledged as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As a part of the Indian Armed Forces initiative, the flame was lit at the India gate, and it is kept burning at all times in order to honor all the nameless soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the country’s independence.

Behind the India Gate is a canopy which is made of sandstone. This structure was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was inspired by a pavilion in Mahabalipuram which was made in the 6th century. This domed canopy is supported by four Delhi Order columns and the Chajja is also a very important aspect of this structure’s architecture. A statue of King George V had initially been placed beneath the canopy, but was later removed and relocated to the Coronation Park.

The India Gate, and all the named that have been inscribed in it, symbolizes the long struggle for the country’s Independence, and the selfless sacrifice of all the soldiers who bravely went to the battlefront for the sake of the citizens of the country.

Getting Around

The main interstate bus terminus is at Kashmere Gate. The other ISBTs are at Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. The Delhi metro service is usually the best way to get around in the city.

Places to Stay

One can find high range hotels in Gurgaon best five-star hotels in the city. It offers all the comforts you may need to make your stay a luxurious one. 

There are so many mid range hotels which are affordable for a comfortable stay. The rooms are clean and spacious, and all the basic amenities are provided for. 

There are so many low range hotel in Delhi which provides beautiful rooms at very nominal prices. 

How to Reach

  • National and International flights come to Delhi every day.
  • The railway station here also receives trains from all over the country, and even Nepal. The nearest metro station to this monument is Pragati Maidan.
  • You can also get to the India Gate in an auto rickshaw or by bus. Hired cabs are also an option. Previously, cars were allowed to pass through the India Gate, but it is not so any more.

Surrounding Attractions

Connaught Place, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Purana Qila, are just some of the other famous tourist spots near this monument.

Emergency No.

India Gate: 011 2464 7005