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Sitting on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi, India Gate is a famous monument that was built in memory of the 82,000 soldiers that died during WWI. The 42-metre high gate was designed by Edwin Lutyens and took 10 years to complete. India Gate stands on a base made of red Bharatpur stone and features a shallow dome bowl at the top for burning oil on anniversaries.
India Gate is one of New Delhi’s major tourist attractions, especially in the evening between 19:00 and 21:30 when it is illuminated with the Indian flag colours. There are also numerous inscriptions on the gate, as well as the names of over 13,000 soldiers. The gate spans 30 metres and is often pegged as the ‘creative reworking of the Arc de Triomphe’.
Address and contact: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, tel: (91) 11 2464 7005
Opening times and fees: Open 24 hours a day, freeWhere to stay
Hotels near India Gate tend to be mostly high-end properties like the Le Meridien New Delhi and The Taj Mahal Hotel. There are a few mid-range options to the northeast of the gate for those that can’t afford to stay in one of these lavish places to stay.
Visitors can expect standard amenities like premium bedding, pillow menus, flat screen televisions and designer toiletries in guestrooms at most hotels near India Gate, with a couple also having deep soaking bathtubs, private terraces and free Wi-fi. General hotel amenities at hotels near India Gate include fabulous restaurants, outdoor swimming pools, concierge services, a full-service spa and limo or town car service.
Travellers that can’t afford to spend so much will find some more budget friendly accommodation in the Paharganj neighbourhood, which is around a 15-minute taxi ride away. This area is also great for bargain and wholesale shopping, though so is Janpath, with its Tibetan market and government handicraft emporium, which is closer to India Gate.