India Gate – The War Memorial

India Gate is the biggest War Memorial in India; it is located in Rajpath New Delhi.  It is in memory of the 70,000 soldiers who died between 1914 to 1921 in first world war in France,  Flanders,  Mesopotamia,  Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen’s names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and it was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. The monument stands at 42 m in height; 9.1m in width; the complex is 625m in diameters and 306,000 m² in area.

The monument is made of yellow and red sandstone and granite. The cornice of the India Gate is inscribed with the Imperial suns while both sides of the arch have INDIA, flanked by the dates MCMXIV (1914 left) and MCMXIX (1919 right). Below the word INDIA, in capital letters, is inscribed:

TO THE DEAD OF THE INDIAN ARMIES WHO FELL AND ARE HONOURED IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS MESOPOTAMIA AND PERSIA EAST AFRICA GALLIPOLI AND ELSEWHERE IN THE NEAR AND THE FAR-EAST AND IN SACRED MEMORY ALSO OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED AND WHO FELL IN INDIA OR THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER AND DURING THE THIRD AFGHAN WAR

Because of memories it holds, many people visit India Gate and take pictures. You will find different vendors selling snacks, hats, sun glasses and etc. There are also photographers who will take your photo at a fee. The best to visit is in the evening, while you see the sunset.  The entrance is free and open to anyone.  You can spend a few minutes or have a picnic in the nearby gardens.  It is one of the stops when you do a Delhi Tour.

Sights from India Gate


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