Established in the year 1921 and unveiled on 12th February 1931, it took exactly 10 years to build this beautiful monument in the honour of those who deceased in 1914- 1921. Designed by British Edwin Lutyens, it’s also one of the most beautiful monuments by Lutyens.
India Gate the All India War Memorial, is located on Rajpath. It has been built to mark the remembrance of brave soldiers who laid their lives in 1st World War of then Undivided ARMY. The real beauty of the monument lies in the fact that the names of all the 82,000 soldiers who laid their lives in the war is inscribed on it! One can in fact, read the name if one stands just 100 metres away from it. The names include all those who fought in France, Mesopotamia, Persia, Africa and Gallipoli. The names of soldiers thus inscribed include that of a female Nurse who laid her life, getting killed in action in the year 1971!
Just in front of the monument is a small marble plinth, with reversed rifle capped by Army war helmet, bounded by four flames which are kept a-flamed 365 days of a year. This monument is also known as Amar Jawan Jyoti Smarak or Flame of Immortal Soldier and is a pride of India.
This 42 – metre tall monument, stands on Red Stone and rises in stages to form the huge monument as we can see it.
Amar Jawan Jyoti – the Flame of Immortal Soldier, is guarded is guarded by soldiers from three services of Indian Army. Wreaths are placed, every year on 26th January at Amar Jawan Jyoti every year by working Prime Minister of India.
Time to Visit : Any time (but generally one cannot venture too close after 8: 00 p.m. in the night).
Transportation : One can reach the destination either by taxis or autos. One has to walk a distance of 1/2kms to reach the main destination.
Food : One can binge in local freshening if one like sold by local vendors. There are no restaurants as such.
Other Entertainment : Boat riding is much of an attraction of this place. Kids love boat riding and it doesn’t even pinch the pocket. One can buy balloons and local toys from the vendors who sell these things on sticks!
Travellers Advice : Take a walk around the monument, click some pics and enjoy the scene. India Gate really looks awesome if you look at the porch of the Gate – it simply looks like as if touching the sky. Be here with your camera, it’s a classical monument and your camera can really capture the surroundings. Take away the memoirs with you which will be everlasting by all means.