Sunday, October 10, 2010

Photo of the Week: India Gate (Delhi, India)


In a similar vein to Paris's grand Arc de Triomphe, Delhi's India Gate proudly stands in the centre of twelve radiating streets near central Delhi. Standing 42 metres tall, the names of some 90,000 soldiers who lost their life in World War 1 (and other wars of the time) are inscribed into its light coloured brick, the moving tomb of an unknown soldier lies under the grand arch.

Removed on India's independence in 1947, the smaller canopy used to contain a statue of King George VI of England. It has lain empty since with suggestions that a statue of India's famous independence fighter and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi as an appropriate replacement.

Majestically located on a broad boulevard, India Gate stands elegant and serene in India's frenzied capital and is a must-see Delhi travel wonder along with the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, the 11th century Qutub Minar, the Jama Masjid mosque and the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum.

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virginia bed and breakfast said...

The India gate is a historical significance of Delhi and has lovely architecture and structure to see.

sherry Ott said...

My favorite thing about the India Gate was the park surrounding it. I still remember the first time I drove by it and saw the multitude of families at the park picnicing...I had never seen so many people in a park for a non-concert event in my life. I thought it was great to see how the Indian culture spilled out into the parks on the weekend. One of my favorite places to people watch in Delhi!

Giulia said...

It's really similar to the Arc de Triomphe!! I hope I'll have a chance to visit Delhi one day..

travel tips said...

Thanks for sharing the article. I was really wondering and i get here and get amazed by the article. Hope that we will get more ahead.

Cafe Bruges said...

Great piece of architecture. Great symbol in memory of martyrs. Great place to feel importance of patriotism.

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Mark H said...

@jaypee: Thank you.

@permanent traveler: Thank you for your kind words.

@virginia b&b: It does have a beautiful architecture.

Mark H said...

@sherry: I should have mentioned the park and the lovely trees. It is the greenest grass in Delhi!!

@giulia: I hope so too.

@travel tips: There will be more articles on India in times to come.

Mark H said...

@cafe bruges: I agree that it is a suitable monument to remember the Indian war martyrs.

Anil said...

The park is certainly the highlight (in my opinion) of the India Gate. Otherwise on a typical day there isn't much to see there.

 
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