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. Located in the heart of New Delhi, the India Gate is surrounded by lush, green parks, and is a beautiful monument to visit.

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. The Delhi metro service is usually the best way to get around in the city.

When to visit

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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.

Places to Stay

High-Range: The Leela Ambience in gurgaon is one of the best five-star hotels in the city. It offers all the comforts you may need to make your stay a luxurious one. The room rates here begin from 15,000 INR. The Lalit in New Delhi is another good option for a five-star hotel. The room rates begin from 14,000 INR.

Mid-Range: Parkland Grand Kapashera Hotel is a good, affordable option for a comfortable stay. It is centrally located, and is close to the India Gate as well. The rooms are clean and spacious, and all the basic amenities are provided for. The room rates begin from 5,000 INR. Hotel Grand Godwin too, is a very good option for a mid-range hotel. The room rates here begin from 2,500 INR onwards.

Low-Range:  Hotel Delhi City Centre is a centrally located, budget hotel which provides beautiful rooms at very nominal prices. The room rates here start from 1,200 onwards. Hotel Ajanta is also a good budget hotel. With room rates starting from 1,600 onwards, this hotel provides good services and beautiful rooms.

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.

Important Numbers

India Gate: 011 2464 7005