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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

India Gate Delhi

India Gate is the national monument of India. India Gate is an arch of 42 meters hight built in the memory of 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in 1st world war. It was memorial built in order to commemorate these soldiers. One can get a good sight of the Rashtrapati Bhavan from the base of the arch. This monument is beautiful and fascinates people. Its low base is made of the red stone of Bharatpur.It is the largest war memorials in India.

In the middle of the crossroad it is an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like Archway. It is situated in the heart of the capital city of India and it is easily accessible by the tourists. For local people it is a great relaxing place and it offers a variety of entertainment. It is also called as the 'All India War Memorial'. The planning of India gate was made by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Duke of Connaught
laid the foundation stone of the marvelous India Gate of Delhi.

Under the hood of now-vacant canopy a statue of King George V stood in front of the India Gate which was removed with the other statues in Coronation Park. After Independence it became the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of Unknown Soldier known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti. There is a shrine which is black with a rifle placed in in its barrel and it is crested by the soldier's helmet. Since 1971 burning in a shrine beneath the arch that is under the arch of India Gate is the Amar Jawan Jyoti i.e the flame of the immortal warrior. Aamar Jawan is inscribed in each face of the cenotaph. The cenotaph has four corners four torches which are kept alive that was unveiled in 1931.

Viceroy, Lord Irwin dedicated this monument to the nation 10 years later. One of the memorial Amar Jwan Jyoti was added later on after India's Independence. It is the flame that burns under the arch day and night for the remembrance of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Indo-Pakistan War. Above the monument INDIA is inscribed on both the side. Lutyens was the person who designed and constructed India Gate.

13,516 names are engraved on the foundations and the arch and it forms a separate memory to the British and Indian soldiers who were killed on the North-West Frontier in the war of Afghan in 1919. The shallow domed bowl on the top was made with the intention to fill with the burning oil but is rarely done.

Whole day you can spend watching and viewing the performance of the monkey, riding camels and bubbles of the soap blown all over the lawn of India Gate. India Gate is crowded in the evening with the tourist and the walkers and vendors. One can taste the typical Indian fast food bhelpuri and fruit chaat.In India Gate the names of Param Veer Chakra Gallantry Award winners are also mentioned on India.

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