India Gate is a war memorial situated in the Rajpath area, Delhi. This fascinating structure is one of the largest memorial is the country and has over 13,000 names inscribed over it. Created in the honour of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, a new structure was added to the India Gate in 1972. Known as Amar Jawan Jyoti (which means the Flame of the Immortal Soldier), this was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi, who was the then PM of India.
The Architecture Of India Gate
Sir Edward Lutyens was designated to create this humungous monument. Being a member of the IWGC, he believed that this structure should stand for something beyond religious association. He also made a conscious effort to swerve away from Asian references in culture. Situated in the middle of a hexagonal complex, the structure is 42 meters tall and 9.1 meters wide. The whole structure is made using red and yellow sandstone which was brought in directly from Bharatpur.
India Gate also houses a small structure called Amar Jawan Jyoti, which consists of a marble pedestal with a cenotaph on its top. It has the words ‘Amar Jawan’ written on all four sides in golden letters and also has a reversed rifle, capped by a soldier helmet, implanted on it. The structure is surrounded by permanently burning flames fuelled by CNG on all four sides.
Activities To Do Around India Gate
Hustling and Bustling with activity, the India Gate is surrounded with people at all times. It’s looked upon as not only a tourist attraction, but is also a symbol for nationalism and pride. Every year, on the 26th of January, the Republic Day parade takes place and is the stuff of sheer beauty.
Also, since it’s surrounded a huge, luscious gardens, lot of people come for day picnics and morning walks with their families and friends. In the evenings, India gate is lit up with a number of lights around it that gives it a beautiful vibe around it. Standing near the base of the monument, one can have a great view of the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the monument provides a very memorable backdrop against the sky.
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