India Gate

Quick Facts

Name India Gate
Site About a mile from Connaught Place, (Rajeev Chowk) at the eastern end of Rajpath
Entry Fee Free
Open Open every day, throughout the day
Best Time to Visit 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Nearest Metro Station Kendriya Terminal
Nearest Railway Station New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest International Airport  Indira Gandhi International Airport


About India Gate

One among the national monument in India is the famous India Gate. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed this monument at the heart of Delhi city.

It was constructed as a memorial to 70,000 Indian warriors who sacrificed their lives for British Army at the time of World War I. Approximately 13,516 names of Indian and British soldiers have been inscribed on this monument that got killed at the Northwestern Frontier during the times of Afghan war in 1919.

In 1921, the Connaught Duke laid the foundation stone for the construction of this memorial. After 10 years, the then Viceroy Lord Irwin dedicated this monument to India.

Originally, the canopy in the front of India Gate was displaying an Indian Emperor, George V station. Later on, this statue was shifted to Coronation Park along with other British Raj-period statues. After Independence, this place has become the spot of Indian Armed Force’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, referred as Amar Jawan Jyoti which means ‘the flame of the immortal soldier’.


This famous Indian monument was planned and built by Edwin Lutyens during 1921. The Royal Highness – Connaught Duke laid foundation stone for this India Gate. This monument was constructed as a memorial to all the Indian and British soldiers who sacrificed their life during World War I and also for soldiers who took part in the Afghan War in the Northwest Frontier during 1919 and Indo-Pak war during 1971.

Best Time to Visit

One can visit India Gate anytime between October and April. The perfect time to enjoy is during night time as the building gets illuminated with colorful bulbs delivering an awesome look. During summer season, it is best to visit this place during evening time to spend some leisure time in the adjacent parks and also to enjoy pleasant boat ride in the nearby pond.

How to Reach India Gate

From Airport

India Gate lies at a distance of about 19.9 km from Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. The prominent radio taxi services like Easy Cab (011-43434343) and Meru Cab (011-44224422) provide their service in NCR to any desired destination at 20 Rs per Km. Quick Cab (011-67676767) and Mango Cab (011-63636363) deliver economical service with the rate of 10 Rs per Km.

From Railway Station

Delhi consists of 3 major railway stations i.e., Delhi railway station, Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station and New Delhi railway station. These railway stations are at the distance of 7.7 km, 5.1 km and 4.1 km respectively.

One can also make use of metro train service available from Old Delhi Railway Station (Chandni Chowk) and New Delhi Railway Station to reach this monument. They should reach till Central Secretariat. The fare for this metro service is 10 Rs and 12 Rs from New Delhi railway station and Chandni Chowk metro station. One can go by walking from Central Secretariat to India Gate which may take maximum of 10 minutes.

From Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT)

Delhi consists of 3 ISBT terminals i.e., Anand Vihar ISBT, Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Sarai Kale Khan ISBT. India Gate lies at a distance of about 15.8 km, 8.6 km and 9.3 km from these ISBTs respectively. One can opt for auto-rickshaw from any of these destinations to reach India Gate. They may charge about 80 to 120 km from Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Sarai Kale Khan ISBT respectively and somewhere between 150 to 200 from Anand Vihar ISBT.

If a person is interested to have an experience on metro train services, they can hire this train from Anand Vihar ISBT and Kashmiri Gate ISBT o from any other nearest metro station to reach India Gate from the nearest metro station of Central Secretariat.


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