India Gate, Delhi

India Gate | One of the best places to visit in Delhi

LocationCentral Secretariat, Delhi (Map)
Entry Fee & TimingsNo Entry Fee. No Timings.
Place TypePalace & Landmarks, Monument
Place visit withFamily, Kids, Friends, Solo, Unmarried Couples, Parants, Siblings, Youngsters
Best time to visitJanuary, February March
Nearest MetroMandi House Metro Station (1 KM) Khan Market Metro Station (1 KM)

About India Gate

This magnificent structure was constructed by the Imperial War Graves Commission aka IWCG. The monument was designed by a renowned English architect named Sir Edwin Lutyens and its foundation was laid on 10 February 1921 by the Duke of Connaught, the third son of Victoria.

The names of over 13,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the war are also inscribed on the memorial. In honor of the soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, a replacement structure was added to the India Gate in 1972. Known as Amar Jawan Jyoti (meaning Flame of the Immortal Soldier), it was inaugurated by Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India.

Architecture of India Gate

Sir Edwin Lutyens, who designed the India Gate, was the number one war memorial architect and also a member of the IWGC. He built it as a secular monument free from any religious association or cultural ornamentation.

The entire structure is built using yellow and red sandstone which was brought directly from Bharatpur. Situated in the middle of a hexagonal complex, the structure is 42 meters long and 9.1 meters wide.

Interesting facts about India Gate

  1. Every evening, this imposing structure is lit up with spotlights, making it one of the top tourist attractions to visit in Delhi during nights.
  2. The huge lawns surrounding the gate are a favorite spot for people to enjoy basket picnics, play cricket or indulge in kite flying.
  3. The Children’s Park located near the gate is a great place to spend some time with your kids.
  4. Rajpath, the boulevard on which the monument is located, is where many people, both young and old, come for early morning walks.
  5. Within a kilometer of India Gate, you will find Andhra Bhavan, one of the iconic restaurants in Delhi known for its lip-smacking traditional food.
  6. The Pandara Road Market, which is also located within walking distance of India Gate, is an amazing food market to experience Delhi’s street food flavors.

How to reach India Gate

By Bus:- Nearest Bus Stand to India Gate is Art Gallery which is at a walking distance of 2 minutes, you can take bus from here comfortably.

By Metro:- The nearest metro station to India Gate is Khan Market which is 17 minutes walking distance.

By Train:- Pragati Maidan nearest railway station to India Gate is 26 minutes walk away. You can also take rickshaw from here.

Nearby famous places

  • National War Memorial (750 m)
  • Children’s Park (900 m)
  • National Gallery of Modern Art (1.4 m)
  • Purana Qila (2.2 km)
  • National Science Centre (2.5 km)
  • Agrasen ki Baoli (2.5 km)
  • Jantar Mantar (2.9 km)
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan (2.7 km)
  • Lodhi Garden (2.9 km)
  • Connaught Place (4 km)
  • Raj Ghat (5.2 km)
  • Chandni Chowk (5.6 km)
  • Jama Masjid (5.8 km)

India Gate FAQs:

𝒜. India Gate was designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

𝒜. India Gate was built to honor the soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who were martyred during the First World War.

𝒜. Delhi's India Gate was established on 10 February 1921.

𝒜. The official name of India Gate is Delhi Memorial which was originally called All India War Memorial.

𝒜. The height of India Gate is about 138 feet (42 m).

𝒜. It is located at Central Secretariat, Delhi.

𝒜. Entry fee and timings information of the India Gate: No Entry Fee. No Timings..

𝒜. You should visit India Gate during January, February March months for best experience.

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