Nestling with grand stretches of lawns, India Gate is a legendary historical monument. This is an ideal destination for family picnics and boating. It remains a popular tourist attraction in New Delhi. Be it the summer evenings or the winters, India Gate is illuminated after the sunset and the sight is magnificent.
India Gate is a historical monument raised in 1931, in the memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life during the First World War and the Afghan War of 1919. Officially known as All India War Memorial, this monument also houses an Eternal Flame, 'Amar Jawaan Jyoti',which is a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
The 160 feet (about 42 m) high India Gate looks majestic with an arch of about 138 feet. The foundation of this Memorial was laid by the Duke of Connaught in February 1921 following which this monument was completed in 1931 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Standing at the eastern end of the Rajpath, this All India War Memorial once comprised the statue of King George V. An extraordinary view of the Rastrapati Bhavan is seen from the basement of the arch.
The walls of India gate bears names of 90,000 soldiers who laid their lives in the First World War and the Afghan Fiasco of 1919.
The lush green lawns are ideal for family picnics in the evenings. Numerous vendors can be seen selling balloons, soft drinks, snacks, toys, etc. here. The fountains add elegance to the lawns. Boating remains a popular activity here.
Located close to Connaught Place in central Delhi, India Gate is easily accessible by buses, autorickshaws or taxis from any part of the city.