India Gate Travel Guide, Information, Tips and Best Information
India Gate A popular monument in India, India Gate stands majestically, presenting an awe-inspiring sight. Formerly known as Kingsway, India Gate construction was completed in 1931. India Gate Delhi has been a symbol of sacrifice and dedication of India soldiers.
Designed by Edwin Lutyens, it was constructed in the honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their life in the World War I. Also known as India War Memorial, it also has 13,516 names of Indian and British soldiers engraved on its arch and foundations. These soldiers lost their lives during the Afghan War of 1919.
Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is also an important part of India Gate, was built later as a tribute to Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
The gate holds inscription of 13,300 names of Indian soldiers, service men and UK officials. Later in 1971, a small structure made of black marble with a reversed rifle holding a war helmet on top was built under the arch. This structure is called Amar Jawan Jyoti. The gate is 42 meter tall standing on a basement made of Bharatpur red stone. A shallow dome is open on the top of the wall, whichwas used to light the gate with burning oil.
A few meters away from the gate, you can find a canopy, which was built, similar to the pavilion of Mahabalipuram. This canopy stands as a memory to King George V who ruled India in the past. A marble statue of the king in his royal robes and wearing the Imperial crown was inaugurated in the canopy and it was removed later.
The importance of India Gate is not only as a war monument, but more than that. It still holds high significance. Republic day at India Gate is one such activity that shows the prominence this structure holds in the country. It is visited by Indian President every year on the Republic Day, on 26th January.
President of India pays his homage to the Indian soldiers who fought for the country by placing a circlet at Amar Jawan Jyoti which is located under the India gate arch. It is then followed by the India gate Independence Day parade which moves towards the Rajpath. This splendid India gate parade is done by contingents, school children, folk dances, army weaponry, etc.
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