India Gate - Heart of New Delhi
This monument in the heart of New Delhi was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built in 1931, is said to have been inspired from the Arc- de-Triomphe of Paris. An archway in the middle of a crossroad, the India Gate was originally known as the ‘All India War Memorial”. It is made of red and pale sandstone and granite. it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers.
Earlier, a statue of King George V, the then Emperor of India, stood under a canopy built behind the gate, which is now empty. After India’s independence, the India Gate became the site for the Indian Army’s Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, popularly known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti. During nightfall, India Gate is dramatically floodlit and the fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights.
Location : Near Rajpath
Metro Station : Pragati Maidan
Timings : Morning to Night
Entry : Free
Days Closed : None
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