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About India Gate

Straight down the road from the Rashtrapati Bhavan gate, the road called Rajpath ends in the All-India War Memorial Arch, now called India Gate. It stands 40-feet high to commemorate the Indian soldiers killed in World War I. The vast green lawns surrounding the arch are popular with the crowd. Delhites descend to this attraction on summer nights for enjoying a scoop of ice-cream. You see a lot of people having picnics at this spot during winter afternoons. Kids like to run freely on the large lawns surrounding the arch. At night, the memorial gets beautifully lit up and is a sight to behold. It has also been witness to many candle light marches and processions. Various Bollywood movies including the patriotic hit Rang De Basanti has scenes and sequences shot at this place. It remains open 24 hours, however, after dark the monument is cordoned off to visitors.

Historical Context: The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by the Duke of Connaught in 1921. Designed by Edwin Lutyens, this monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. Amar Jawan Jyoti was added to the monument after India got its independence. The eternal flame burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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