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The India Gate…………..

April 14, 2009

img_8016 – this is the website where I got the following details about the India Gate. I quoted the site directly.

“India Gate, an important monument of the city, is a memorial built in commemoration of more than 80,000 Indian soldiers who were killed during World War I. The monument is an imposing 42 meters high arch and was designed by the famous architect Edwin Lutyens. India gate was earlier named All India War Memorial. The design of India gate is almost similar to its French counterpart war memorial, the Arc-de-Triomphe.

The building is made of red stone that rises in stages into a huge molding. On top of the arch, INDIA is written on both sides. Names of over 70,000 Indian soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the monument in whose memory it is built. There is a shallow domed bowl at the top, which was intended to be filled with burning oil at special occasions.


At the base of the India gate there is another memorial, the Amar Jawan Jyoti that was added after independence. This eternal flame was lighted in commemoration of the unknown soldiers who laid their lives to serve this nation.

The lush green lawns, Children Park and the famous boat club around the place make it a perfect picnic spot. Cool evening breeze near the fountains of India gate attract hundreds of visitors daily. In the evenings, India gate is illuminated with number of lights around it that gives it a magnificent appeal. Standing near the base of the monument one can have a good view of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The beautifully lit up monument provides a memorable background against the darkening sky. Even in daylight, the stretch between India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhavan offers a splendid view.

Every year on 26th January India gate stands witness to the Republic Day parade where latest advancements of defence technology is displayed. The parade is also a good platform to have a glimpse at the colourful and diverse cultural heritage of India as artists from all over the country perform on the occasion.”


Another question for my Indian readers – where are the t-shirt vendors at all these monuments. Seriously, someone needs to get busy screen printing. I would have bought a t-shirt with the Taj Mahal on it for my kids, one with the Amber Fort, and one of the India Gate. Throw in some tie-dye shirts and I would get some for the whole family. Someone could make a boatload of money – and yes, I will gladly accept a kickback on the profits for sharing the idea. Or free t-shirts. Or, both.



11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 9:53 am

    india gate is a amazing place in new delhi and my favorit place is delhi and my best monument is india gate and i love to go there and eat magiee there are many trees in india gate and i also love to go there in winters an over there in winters i love to go for picnic and eat lots of ice-cream coldrink chips briyani and losts of hot coffe with biscuit

  2. June 19, 2009 1:07 am

    There is something about this city..which is why it is the capital of India!!!

  3. April 23, 2009 9:44 pm

    I love being at India Gate, every morning whenever I visit Delhi. I love photographing around India Gate. I had a great opportunity to photograph Amar Jawan Jyoti from inside, as I was photographing for the coffee table book THE INDIAN ARMY- AN ILLUSTRATED OVERVIEW.

  4. April 15, 2009 3:03 am

    Amazing! nice blog.. great pictures too… ohh the Indian history! Well done! 🙂

  5. April 14, 2009 9:40 pm

    Such amazing structures. Love the pics!

  6. April 14, 2009 1:35 pm

    Great pics!

  7. CanIRemainUnknownPl permalink
    April 14, 2009 12:32 pm

    Yeah no T-shirts, all you get is ice cream and some other snacks. But its a place with lots of history and nationalism attached to it.
    For T-shirts I am sure you are aware of the INA market, but there is another one in Cannaught Place,when you get a chance check out Palika Bazaar and the Shanker Market, there are a few good shops at the Radialroad6.
    Just found out I can do a google map for Delhi!!!! Wow India Shinning!!,77.222579&hl=en&geocode=&gl=us&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=16&sll=28.633688,77.222879&sspn=0.008739,0.019312&ie=UTF8&z=16

    That is so true politics = drama, but Indian elections are much more than just TV debates and Town Hall meetings, I love the money flow from the rich to the poor in the process!!!!

  8. April 14, 2009 10:08 am

    Naomi – yeah, I am guessing the t-shirts might not sell that well to women who wear traditional clothes but all the men/boys and I am guessing the more “modern” Indian women/teenagers might buy them. I don’t know if there are rules against t-shirts – but there are all sorts of vendors selling other things.

    Tushar – we left the U.S. right after Obama’s inauguration – I have had my fill of politics for quite some time – but I have been reading a little bit about the elections – I want to do a post on them – but most of the expats I know are not really talking about it too much. Some things are universal – politics = drama in any language!

    Anita – absolutely – it is very similar to DC and it is equally stunning! That Banyan is amazing!

  9. Anita permalink
    April 14, 2009 7:43 am

    I always liken the stretch between India gate and the Rashtrapathi Bhavan to the Mall, between the Washington Monument and the Capitol in Washington D.C.
    Doesn’t New Delhi, with all its government buildings reminds you very much of our own capital.

    March and April had been very busy and I just got caught up on 2 months worth of your blogging.

    I love the trees in India too. When you get a chance, check this link out

    It is about the big banyan tree near Bangalore, in S. India. If you google “dodda Alada mara” (translates to “big banyan tree” in Kannada, a south Indian language), you’ll see some great pictures of the tree.

    I love reading your blogs. And, I seriously think we should do the screen printing project!!!!

  10. Tushar permalink
    April 14, 2009 6:41 am

    Hey…..this could be a digression..but have you been caught in with the indian general election tamasha yet?? ……not that I expect you would, but I was just curious. I mean we Indians are seeing the effect of elections everywhere: the Indian Premiere League has been shifted out….and you can’t even have anything sensible to see on the telly…just those boring news programs about who’s mudslinging whom. Just wanted to know whether it has any sort of impact on the expats’ lives. And tamasha is a crude hindi word for drama.

  11. April 14, 2009 5:51 am

    That is amazing. I’m getting more and more excited to come see all of these sights and the beautiful things/people/history of India! SO excited!

    Is there a policy against vendors at monuments, temples, etc? I’ll be your assistant-screen-printer-go-to-girl. Seems there IS a profit to be made … there are loads of tourists, right?

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