India Gate Delhi: A Symbol of Indian Pride

Amidst the tapestry of historical landmarks in Delhi, India Gate stands tall, evoking a distinct sense of solemnity and respect. Designed by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, this imposing structure serves as a poignant memorial to the 82,000 Indian and British soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

Towering at an impressive 42 meters, India Gate is not only the largest war memorial in India, but also a powerful symbol of national pride. The recently installed statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 8, 2022, further adds to the monument’s significance.

Beyond its historical significance, India Gate also serves as a vibrant venue for national celebrations. Every year, on Republic Day, the majestic parade marches past this iconic landmark, showcasing India’s military prowess and cultural diversity.

Here are some of the key features of India Gate:

  • Designed by: Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • Year of completion: 1931
  • Height: 42 meters
  • Dedicated to: Soldiers who died in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War
  • Features:
    • Amar Jawan Jyoti: An eternal flame honoring martyred soldiers
    • Inscribed names: Over 13,500 soldiers commemorated on the walls
    • Statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
  • Significance:
    • Largest war memorial in India
    • Site of the Republic Day parade
    • Powerful symbol of national pride and sacrifice

India Gate is more than just a monument; it’s a testament to the courage and sacrifice of those who served the nation. It serves as a constant reminder of the importance of peace and the enduring spirit of patriotism.

Amar Jawan Jyoti, also known as the flame of the immortal soldier, is a memorial to Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the liberation of Bangladesh in December 1971.  Every year on Republic Day, Vijay Diwas, and Infantry Day, the Chiefs of the Armed Forces and the Prime Minister lay tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The Amar Jawan Jyoti at the National War Memorial and the one at India Gate combined on January 21, 2022.

The government announced plans to build a National War Memorial and an associated National War Museum in the C-Hexagon (India Gate Circle) in July 2014. In January 2019, the National War Memorial was finished and has housed the Amar Jawan Jyoti since January 2022.

You can enjoy a picnic near India Gate with your family, as it’s also a famous picnic spot, and also enjoy an early morning walk towards it. One can take long walks in the newly built Kartavya Path. The recently renamed Kartavya Path, formerly Rajpath, runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate and has red granite paths with vegetation all around, renovated canals, state-specific food stalls, new utility blocks, and vending kiosks, was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Timings – Open 24hrs

Entry Fee – Free

Nearest Metro Station – Mandi House or Central Secretariat

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