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A Tribute to the Soldiers: The India Gate
Around 150 meters to the east of the gate, where there is a junction of 6 roads, is a cupola, 73 feet in height. The structure has been inspired from the Mahabalipuram pavilion of the sixth century. The canopy was constructed as a tribute to King George V, who was the Emperor of India and had died recently in 1936. There was a statue of Charles Sargeant Jagger of George V, which remained there even after Independence in 1947. However, in the upcoming years, the statue was put off after being insisted by a few politicians. The proposal of putting up the statue of Mahatma Gandhi was brought up. However, nothing was eventually done about it.
The Amar Jawan Jyoti, also called the flame of the Immortal Soldier is a small, black marble plinth with an inverted rifle, a war helmet and four urns. There is a permanent light in the plinth from flames of the CNG. The flame was lit in tribute to all the soldiers who died while defending their country. The flame was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of that time, Indira Gandhi on the eve of Republic Day on January 26, 1972. The Prime minister of India places wreaths on the Amar Jawan Jyoti every Republic Day. The flame is guarded by soldiers 24 hours each day.
Rajpath is the path from the Rashtrapati Bhawan to the India Gate through Vijay Chowk. There are huge lawns on both the sides of the avenue. It is one of the most significant roads of the country. The funeral processions of many important politicians of the country take place here. The North and South blocks of the Secretariat Building flank the Rajpath after we climb the Raisina hill.
The India Gate is surrounded by numerous parks and garden areas which make a great picnic spot for the people who visit the India Gate. The surrounding parks are mostly grassy and have numerous planted trees. The visitors usually sit and relax in the Sun in these parks during Winters and enjoy the view of the gate with their families, friends, companions or just all by their self. The night view from these parks of the India Gate is amazing. The gate under the moonlight looks remarkable. Music is also played nearby for people to enjoy.
An annual parade on the eve of Republic Day is conducted at the Rajpath near the India Gate. It is one of the most significant and the largest parades in India. It is one of the main attraction of the Republic Day celebrations and goes on for about 3 days. The defense capability and the social and cultural heritage of the country are displayed on the day.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee for India Gate. However, you can book tickets for Republic Day Parade easily online on this website as the seats are limited. You can pay online after booking the tickets here.
How To Get Around?
Metro runs to almost every place in the city. It is clean as well. However, if you are about to stay for long, you can rent a car for the entire trip.
Best Time to Visit
The months starting from October until November are the best as the weather is cool and not on any of the extremes. The entire day can be put for sightseeing.
How To Get There?
You can take a tour bus from your hotel. You can also go for Metros if the station is nearby. Otherwise, a taxi is always within reach.
Do take a lot of pictures to capture the beauty of the place. Drink a lot if you're going to walk around a lot. Always keep an eye on your belongings.