India Gate is one of the not-to-be-missed monuments of Delhi. It is actually a war memorial built in the memory of the Indian soldiers who gave their life during the First World War at various parts of the world – France, Persia, Africa, etc. Names of approx. 13000 soldiers are inscribed on the structure. It is an imposing structure built by Sir Edwin Lutyen and has similarities to the Gateway of India in Mumbai and Arc De Triomphe in Paris. There is another structure built nearby called Amar Jawan Jyoti in the memory of all the unknown soldiers.
Soldiers guarding the monument and the Inscriptions of names on the wall
This structure also holds importance during Indian Republic Day when the Prime Minister and other dignitaries pay homage to all the soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The entire celebration happens around this place on Republic Day when the retinue of soldiers parading on Rajpath starts from Rashtrapati Bhawan and passes through India Gate.
We cross India Gate as we travel around the city because it is almost right at the centre of Delhi. On normal days, we can see huge crowds around this place, some visitors, some tourists and some who just come and have some relaxed time sitting in the gardens around. In the evening, the whole place gets lighted up and is a beautiful sight to watch.