Planning to visit the most famous and historic India Gate in Delhi, India? A famous triumphal arch built on the lines of the ones in Rome and Paris. The largest war memorial in India is one of the most visited tourist places in Delhi.
Historic India Gate in Delhi
India Gate was constructed in 1931 is amongst the top places to visit in Delhi. It was built as a memorial for the British Indian army soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War I. As much as 82000 names of the servicemen are inscribed on the monument which also includes some of the officers & soldiers from the United Kingdom.
As India was under British rule at that time so India gate was designed as typical Triumphal Arch similar to Europe and is usually compared to Arc de Triomphe from Paris. It is located in the center of Delhi directly connected to the Rajpath on the ceremonial axis of the city.
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A black marble podium and a reversed rifle with a black helmet surmounted on it. The rifle is surrounded by four eternal flames representing the immortal soldiers. It was added to the archway of the India Gate triumphal arch. This structure was added in tribute to the soldiers who fought in Bangladesh liberation war from Pakistan in 1971.
Visit the India Gate
Rather than just being celebrated as the largest war museums of India, it is also a major picnic spot for Delhiites and tourists alike. The arch is surrounded by a lush green garden which is most visited during monsoon and winter season in Delhi. On India’s Independence Day on 15th August and Republic Day on 26th January, India Gate is lit up with tricolor lights. In the famous republic day parade, India Gate at Rajpath is the center of attraction as the parade passes through here. If you’re in Delhi during Republic Day, buy a ticket and grab a seat at Rajpath to witness the culture of India.
Various events are organized in the India Gate’s garden including the famous on International Yoga Day attended by PM Modi himself.
India Gate usually fills up with tourists in evenings and till late nights. The entry to arch is not charged and thus is one of the most famous things to do in Delhi for free. An important point to note here is that India Gate’s entry closes at 10:00 PM sharp. Although the gardens going towards the Rajpath still remains accessible. Therefore, despite the closing time of 10:00 PM, India Gate still retains its hustle and bustle.
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