The iconic India Gate of Delhi is a war memorial located on the Rajpath. It stands as a war memorial to 70,000 British Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. 13,300 martyred Indian soldiers’ names, including some British soldiers, are inscribed on the gate.
Nowadays, it is a famous tourist destination in India. It is also a famous picnic spot for people who want to enjoy their memorable time in the lush green lawns and boating areas.
India gate New Delhi Information
- Location: Rajpath, New Delhi
- Timings: Morning to evening; Daily
- Dimensions: 42 meters (height) x 9.1 meters (width)
- Type: Memorial
- Official Name: Delhi Memorial
- Also Known as: All-India War Memorial
- Material Used: Yellow and red sandstone and granite
- Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Information and Facts about the India Gate of Delhi
“India Gate of Delhi” is India’s largest war memorial and the Prime Minister of India hoists the tricolor here on every Republic Day.
India Gate Delhi History
This war memorial was built by the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWCG). It was established as a war memorial for soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.
This memorial monument was designed by a famous English architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. The foundation of this monument was laid on 10 February 1921 by the Duke of Connaught, the third son of Queen Victoria. After 10 years of its construction, Viceroy Lord Irwin inaugurated this war memorial on 12 February 1931 and dedicated it to the nation.
The names of 13,300 martyred Indian soldiers, who lost their lives during the First World War, are inscribed on this memorial.
Amar Jawan Jyoti
“Amar Jawan Jyoti” was built at India Gate in 1972 in honor of the martyred Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. “Amar Jawan Jyoti” means “flame of the immortal soldier”.
The”Amar Jawan Jyoti” monument was inaugurated by the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
National War Memorial
In July 2014, the Central Government announced plans to build a “National War Memorial” near India Gate, and a “National War Museum” adjacent to Princess Park. For this, the cabinet allocated Rs 500 crore for the project. The National War Memorial was completed in January 2019.
Amar Jawan Jyoti merged with National War Memorial
In Amar Jawan Jyoti, tribute was being paid to only those Indian martyr soldiers who fought on behalf of the British government in the First World War. Since then it has been felt that the tribute is not being received adequately for the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives after independence.
On 21 January 2022, this eternal flame was taken to the National War Memorial with a full respect ceremony. Now at one place, all those soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country after 1947, including the martyrs of the Galwan conflict.
We will now be able to pay our respects to all the ‘known’ martyrs who died between 1947 and 2021, apart from the soldiers who died in the First World War.
Republic Day Parade
The Delhi Republic Day Parade is a grand parade marking the Republic Day celebrations in India. It takes place every year on 26 January at Rajpath, New Delhi. The Republic Day parade begins at Rashtrapati Bhavan and later passes through India Gate. This 3-day long festival is the main attraction of the Republic Day of India.
The Republic Day parade begins with the President hoisting the national flag. This is followed by a band march with numerous regiments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Tableaux of various states reflect their culture and nationality. The beating retreat ceremony signals the end of the parade.
The first Republic Day parade was held on 26 January 1950 and has been held every year since then.
Boat Club/ Boating Pond
Boat Club is located at a 1-min walk from India Gate. It is very famous among New Couples, Fun Lovers, Photo Fanatics, Adventure Seekers & Wanderers.
Opening timings for boat club: 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Open day: All days of the week
Entry Fee: 50/ person for 15 Minutes & 100/ person for 30 Minutes
Time Required: 15 to 30 Minutes
Top 10 Places to visit near India Gate of Delhi
1- National War Memorial: (1.1 km) via C – Hexagon/India Gate Cir
2- Children’s Park: (900.0 m) via C – Hexagon/India Gate Cir and Swami Vivekananda Rd
3- Purana Qila: (2.2 km) via C – Hexagon/India Gate Cir and Shershah Rd
4- National Science Centre: (2.4 km) via C – Hexagon/India Gate Cir and Purana Quila Rd
5- Agrasen ki Baoli: (1.7 km) via KG Marg
6- Jantar Mantar:(2.9 km) via Ashoka Rd and Janpath Rd
7- Rashtrapati Bhavan: (2.7 km) via Dr Rajendra Prasad Rd
8- Lodhi Garden: (3.1 km) via Man Singh Rd
9- Raj Ghat: (4.6 km) via Copernicus Marg
10- Jama Masjid: (7.2 km) via Mahatma Gandhi Marg