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India Gate: Heart of Our Great Martyrs

India Gate is situated on the eastern side of Rajpath. This monument was built in 1921 under the supervision and control of Duke of Connaught viz Sir Edwin Lutyens and the building was dedicated to Lord Viceroy at the time of 1931 namely, Lord Irwin.

The height of India Gate is 42 meters and stands tall in the heart of the city with an arched structure. This monument was built with light brown Bharatpur stones.The India Gate was built to honor the British and Indian soldiers who died in the First World War and hundreds of soldiers who lost their lives in the Northwest Frontier, the Afghan war of 1919 and the Indo-Pak war in 1971.

Looking at the monument, we can find that INDIA in bold letters is encrypted on either ends. All over the walls of India Gate right from top to bottom, the names of all those soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during the World War 1 as well as those of other names who have given their lives in the Afghan war are scripted.

An added memorial Amar Jawan Jyoti was introduced in 1971 after the Indo-Pak war in the memory of the many deceased Indian soldiers. A flame burns day and night in remembrance of the lost lives. At the same place, there is also a pedestal which comprises a rifle along with soldier’s cap as a tribute to all those soldiers. 

The India Gate permits the tourists to retrace the boldness of the Indian soldiers. The monument is now a major tourist spot in Delhi and a common picnic site for tourists and residents particularly during winter afternoon and summer evening. There is a wide road surrounding the India Gate which is also frequented by morning and evening walkers. A small pond nearby is for enjoying boating over there. In night, India Gate is beautifully lit up, which includes surrounding fountains and makes it a beautiful sight.



Address: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
How To Reach:
Nearest Metro Stations - Pragati Maidan & Mandi House on Blue Line Metro
                                        Central Secretariat & Race Course on Yellow Line Metro
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