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India Gate

History

India Gate of Delhi is a majestic arch, 42 meters high, located at Rajpath, New Delhi. The structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who designed New Delhi city. The construction of India Gate was completed in 1931. The entire monument is extremely beautiful and the arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone which rises in stages to a huge molding.

India Gate was constructed as a memorial in honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I. India Gate is also referred to as the ‘All India War Memorial’ for the same reason. Beneath the arch, burns the eternal flame or ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ since 1971 that remind the sacrifice of these brave soldiers.

India Gate at present serves as an entertainment spot for the people of Delhi. The place is crowded by the local people of Delhi on summer evenings and winter months. The whole day can be spent relaxing, watching monkey performances, riding a camel, boat rides and picnicking with family. You can taste the typical Indian fast foods, 'fruit chaat', 'bhelpuri', 'chana jor garam', 'dal ka pakodas', aerated drinks from the arcade of vendors stationed there.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Delhi is between the months of October to March. The weather at this time is quite pleasant. Summers in Delhi can be hot with temperatures rising up to 45 degrees with the temperatures dropping down to single digits in the winter months.

Trivia

Don’t miss — Plucking of Jamun or Indian Blackberry and Mangoes from the array of trees along the India Gate and the famous ‘Chuski’ or the ice candy with different flavours- an all time favourite of people of all ages.

Timing

India Gate can be visited throughout the day, though the best time would be in the evening after sunset. This is the time when the place is dramatically floodlit and the nearby fountains present a lovely display of water and lights.

Nearest Metro Station India Gate

The nearest metro station for India Gate is Central Secretariat. The distance between India Gate and Central Secretariat is 2 kms. Central Secretariat Metro Station comes under the yellow line of Delhi Metro.

Distance of India Gate from other Metro Stations:

Pragati Maidan Metro Station - 2.8 kms from India Gate

Race Course Metro Station - 2.9 kms from India Gate

Barakhamba Road Metro Station - 3 kms from India Gate


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