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.

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India Gate & Rajpath on Map

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