India Gate & Rajpath, Delhi

India Gate & Rajpath, Delhi (must see)

Rajpath is a road in Delhi that runs between the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Delhi's National Stadium. It is considered to be one of the most important boulevards in India.

Rajpath was conceived in 1911 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. He envisioned the road to be the center of all of British India. Many of the buildings that flank the road are government buildings that were also designed by Lutyens. Landmarks include the Secretariat Building, Vijay Chowk, the National War Memorial and India Gate.

The street also takes tourists near the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts and Exhibition Hall, the National Museum and Parliament House.

India Gate is a symbolic memorial east of Rajpath. The gate stands in recognition of the more than 70,000 soldiers who died during World War I and the third Anglo-Afghan War.

Like many of the buildings and memorials near Rajpath, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. He modeled the gate after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. India Gate was established in 1921 and completed 10 years later.

East of India Gate is the Canopy. This 73-foot cupola once held a statue of George V. It was removed in 1968 and eventually placed in Coronation Park.

Visitors will also see Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier. The black marble plinth is located inside the gate as a dedication to unknown soldiers. Amar Jawan Jyoti was added to the structure in 1972 at the request of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Delhi. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

India Gate & Rajpath on Map

Sight Name: India Gate & Rajpath
Sight Location: Delhi, India (See walking tours in Delhi)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Delhi, India

Create Your Own Walk in Delhi

Create Your Own Walk in Delhi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Delhi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
New Delhi Introduction Walking Tour

New Delhi Introduction Walking Tour

Delhi is the second largest city in India and one of the world's oldest metropolitan areas, continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Due to its location, for years this place has been coveted by numerous empires and dynasties, starting from the ancient ruler of the Kuru Empire to the British Raj, who have fought for and seized control of it.

Although Delhi has more than two...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Old Delhi Walking Tour

Old Delhi Walking Tour

Old Delhi, as a walled city, was founded in 1639 under the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who decided to move his domain's capital here from Agra. The construction of the city was completed in 1648, from which point on Delhi had remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until its fall in 1857.

Once filled with mansions and havelis (traditional townhouses) of the nobles and members of the royal...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


A Self-Guided Food Walk in Old Delhi

A Self-Guided Food Walk in Old Delhi

India, the Land of Spices, is a long standing superpower in terms of food whose cooking, once exotic, in recent decades has splashed out far and wide across continents. Amid the country's myriads of regional cuisines, Old Delhi has its own loud say on the matter – something one can easily...
Delhi Shopping Tips: 16 Indian Goods To Bring Home

Delhi Shopping Tips: 16 Indian Goods To Bring Home

Singling out a thing or two for a gift from India, in general, and Delhi, in particular, is a tough job indeed, for this part of the world is rightly reputed to be the treasure trove of all things exciting. Spices, exotic food, jewellery, objects of art, oriental fashion... The list can be long....