India Gate - A War Memorial

A monument of great significance to India and its citizens, India Gate is a war memorial edifice located in the capital city. The monument is built in the memory of all the great soldiers who lost their lives while protecting the country. One of the top tourist attractions in India, India Gate is surrounded by lush green lawns and legislative buildings.


History and structure of India Gate

Standing tall in the memory of the brave hearts, India Gate was unveiled in 1931. It stands as a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the year 1914-1918 during the World War 1. Names of 13,300 soldiers are inscribed on the India Gate. Amar Jawan Jyoti (flame of the immortal soldier) is a structure underneath the India Gate. It is a black marble plinth, with reversed rifle, capped by war helmet. The eternal flame burns throughout the year in the honour of the soldiers.


The memorial gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a renowned war memorial designer. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed sixty-six war memorials in Europe; India Gate is a creative rework of Arc De Triomphe in Paris. The monument is 42m (138-foot) tall and stands on a base of red sandstone.

India Gate as a tourist spot

India Gate is a famous picnic/tourist spot that is open for visitors at all times. The area is always filled with people of all ages spending time with their families or friends. Children can also be seen playing all sorts of sport or eating the famous cotton candy.


Things to know about India Gate

  • The design of the monument is similar to that of Arc De Triomphe in Paris
  • Walls of India Gate has the names of martyred soldiers inscribed on them
  • The Republic Day Parade takes place around the India Gate
  • The flame of the Immortal Soldier burns throughout the year
  • It took 10 years to complete the construction of India Gate

Visiting time- Always open

Best time to visit - Throughout the year

Entrance fee - Free

How to reach - Metro (Central Secretariat is the nearest station)

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