As Delhites we all have fond memories of India Gate. The pride of the city, it is more than just a monument. Be it the late night ice cream party, a boat ride or having fun in family picnics at the lawns, India Gate is an eternal part of Delhi and a Delhiwala’s life. Taking you to this splendid monument in pictures today and thanking Honor 5C for such authentic captures that depict the true essence of India Gate.
India Gate is a war memorial in the heart of the city. It is the identity of Delhi and very popular among tourists as well as locals. Be it summers, winters or monsoon, India Gate is the evergreen happy place.
Located on Rajpath, India Gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period of 1914 -21 during the First World War. The foundation stone was laid by his Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The structure of the arch is a depiction of Roman architecture and India Gate is often compared to the Gateway of India, Mumbai.
42m tall, India Gate stands on a base. From the base of the arch of India Gate, one can view Rashtrapati Bhawan. At the top of the structure, INDIA is inscribed on both sides.
Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the flame of the immortal soldier. It’s a block marble plinth structure under India Gate. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1979. Ever since the eternal flame has been burning and continues to do so. The structure reminds the nation of the soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo Pak war of 1971. Wreaths are placed at Amar Jawan Jyoti on Republic Day and Vijay Diwas.
You get a feeling of unmatched patriotism and zeal to do something for the country when you look at Amar Jawan Jyoti or India Gate.
India Gate is a great place for various social and cultural events, most certainly the hub for peace protest or candle march. People love to come here for photography. A lot of meets also happen at India Gate.
A lot of Bollywood movies have also featured India Gate in its glory. The most popular ones being Rang De Basanti, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, No One Killed Jessica and Aarushi. And how can we forget the magnificent Republic Day parade that gives Rajpath and India Gate a whole new dimension.
It is one of the most loved picnic spots in the city. The lawns are flocked by people of all age groups. It’s truly an amazing experience to sprawl in the lawns in the winter sun, or enjoy a hearty family picnic on a breezy summer evening playing UNO cards and singing Bollywood songs.
Rightly said that this place holds a special place in the heart of Delhites. If you are a tourist, we highly recommend visiting this beautiful monument. In fact, it is nothing less than a tradition that Delhites take their friends and relatives visiting Delhi for a drive at Rajpath to admire the beauty and grandeur of India Gate.
You can enjoy a stroll down the road and experience the hustle bustle of the city. India Gate is usually lit up in the evening, which makes it look all the more stunning.
So the next time you are bored of malls and coffee shops, steal some time and head to India Gate with your bunch of friends. Sitting in the lush green lawn under the open sky, discussing and laughing on the same old lovable stories is an experience that cannot be expressed in words.
Nearest Metro Station – Central Secretariat
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