India Gates


India Gate, Delhi, India

India Gate

The first place which pops into any Indians mind while remembering the sacrifice of brave soldiers of India, is the place called India gate. The place in the capital of India. The relation of sacrifice and India gate is very close. India Gate is constructed as a memorial for the memory 90,000 soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I and second Afghan war in 1919. Located at Rajpath, New Delhi, it is also known as the All India War Memorial Constructed in sandstone, the gate is 42 meters in height and is popular relaxation area during the summer evenings. For Delhites gate also act as popular picnic spot during winter. The foundation stone of this magnanimous structure was laid in 1921 by the Duke of Connaught and dedicated to the nation in 1931 by the hands of Viceroy, Lord Irwin. The gate has arch at the top .The height of the arch is 87'6" internally and136' externally. India Gate is also credited as the first gate to be constructed in New Delhi. The names of the soldiers in the memory of whom the Gate was constructed has been inscribed on its walls.

Amar Jawan Jyoti:

Burning in a shrine under the India Gate arch since 1971 is the Amar Jawan Jyoti which means the flame of the immortal soldiers. This marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The shrine is made of a black marble cenotaph with a soldier's rifle placed on its barrel, crested by a soldier's helmet. Each face of the cenotaph has inscribed in gold which says the words "Amar Jawan" which means the Immortal Warrior. This cenotaph is itself placed on one edifice which has four torches on its four corners that are perpetually kept alive. Just at the rear of Amar Jawan Jyoti, the flags of Indian armed forces stand tall. Today, it is customary for the President, the Prime Minister as well as visiting Guests of State; to pay homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti on occasions of State ceremonies. On each Republic Day i.e. 26 January, before joining the annual parade at Rajpath the Prime Minister of Union of India pays homage to the soldiers along with Heads of all Armed Forces i.e. Navy, Army and Air force.

Raj Path:

Raj path i.e. the royal way on which the India gate is present is the way which connects National Stadium to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of President of India. It was the Viceroy of India's residence before India got its independence from Great Britain.

Accommodation:

Being the capital of nation, there is a wide variety of lodging options in Delhi.

Getting There:

  • Airways: Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to most of the big cities in world directly. The Palam Airport is the domestic airport which is connected with every airport in country by direct flights.

  • Railways: Delhi is connected to every part of the country with rail. Old Delhi, Hajarat Nijammudin and New Delhi are the main railway stations of Delhi. To visit India gate you must get down at New Delhi railway station. You have a unique option of metro rail to reach here.

  • Road ways: Public transport buses are available from almost all parts of the city to India gate.