Pick up any Bollywood movie shot in New Delhi and the first thing you will notice is this giant gate-like structure known as India Gate which is not only and iconic landmark of Delhi but the whole country. India Gate, once called the All India War Memorial, is a memorial dedicated to approximately 82,000 British Indian Army soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the First World War between 1914-1921. The gate itself has approximately 13,300 names, comprising soldiers and officers from the UK, inscribed on it. This magnificent edifice was designed by the famous Sir Edwin Lutyens, and is often compared with the Gateway of India (Mumbai) and Arc de Triomphe (Paris). the Foundation of the All India War memorial was laid by the Duke of Connaught on 10th February, 1921. After exactly 10 years and 2 days, on 12th February, 1931, the Memorial was unveiled by Viceroy Lord Irwin.
In 1971, after the Bangladesh Liberation war, a small black marble plinth with a reversed rifle, a war helmet atop the rifle and four eternal flames surrounding the marble was constructed under the gate archway. It is now famous as the Amar Jawan Jyoti (literally meaning the flame of the immortal soldier), and stands their commemorating the tomb of the unknown soldier since its creation.
One of the best views of the India Gate is in the evening when it is illuminated with all the lightings (from 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. everyday) making it look ever more breathtaking than its usual day view. If you are in New Delhi in the month of January, especially on 26th January, you can witness the grand parade and the PM of India addressing the whole country as it celebrates the day on which India finally attained its Independence in 1947. Hundreds of processions from all the states of India featuring different schools, industry sectors, and even the various defense wings showcase their talents, their latest achievements, and upcoming technology followed by an air show by the Indian Air Force.
India Gate is, in all reality, your dose of Indian history and architecture.
New Delhi is well-connected with metro and AC and Non-ac City buses. The nearest metro station to India Gate is Central Secretariat (Yellow Line). The metro station has more than one exit gate so you can ask at the customer service window about the one closest to India Gate. You can take an auto rickshaw or the shuttle rickshaw/rickshaw service to India Gate. You can also take a bus depending upon you point of boarding