India Gate is a war memorial located near the Kartavya path on the eastern edge of the «ceremonial axis» of New Delhi. It was built to commemorate the 84,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The names of 13,300 servicemen, including some from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was inaugurated in 1931.
The best time to visit India Gate is in the evening when it is illuminated with lights and fountains. The evening also offers a pleasant view of the Rajpath and the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential palace) from the gate.
There are various ways to reach India Gate from different parts of Delhi. Visitors can take the metro, bus, auto-rickshaw, taxi or cycle rickshaw to reach India Gate. The nearest metro station to India Gate is Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line and Violet Line. From there, visitors can walk or take an auto-rickshaw to reach India Gate. Alternatively, visitors can take a bus to India Gate from various bus stops in Delhi. Some of the bus routes that pass by India Gate are 505, 522, 615 and 620.
There are many things to see and do near India Gate. Visitors can enjoy a picnic or a boat ride at the lawns and ponds around India Gate. They can also visit the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal soldier), which is a black marble plinth with a reversed rifle and a helmet under the arch of India Gate. It was built in 1971 to honor the unknown soldiers who died in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Visitors can also see the National War Memorial, which is a circular structure with 16 walls that display the names of over 25,000 soldiers who died in various wars since 1947. The National War Memorial was inaugurated in 2019 and is located behind India Gate.
There are also some tours that visitors can take to explore India Gate and its surroundings. One of them is the Delhi Heritage Walk, which is a guided walk that covers India Gate, Rajpath, Rashtrapati Bhavan and other historical monuments in New Delhi. The walk lasts for about two hours and costs Rs. 600 per person. Another tour is the HoHo Bus Tour, which is a hop-on hop-off bus service that covers 20 tourist attractions in Delhi, including India Gate. The bus tour operates from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and costs Rs. 499 per person for a one-day pass.
Some tips for visiting India Gate are:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes as there may be a lot of walking involved.
- Carry water bottles and snacks as there may not be many options for food and drinks near India Gate.
- Avoid visiting India Gate on public holidays or weekends as it may be very crowded and noisy.
- Respect the monument and its surroundings by not littering or vandalizing it.
Some prohibitions for visiting India Gate are:
- Do not climb on or touch the monument as it may damage it or cause injury.
- Do not enter any restricted areas or cross any barricades as they may be for security reasons.
- Do not carry any weapons, explosives or inflammable materials as they may be prohibited by law.
- Do not indulge in any political or religious activities or protests as they may disturb the peace and harmony of the place.