INDIA GATE   The Heart of Delhi

India Gate

India gate is a tourist hotspot but more than that it is a social hub. Candle light services are often held with the India Gate silhouette at the backdrop. It stands as an upright figure of freedom. Designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1931 it was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The purpose of the grand monument was to honor those 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Raj. At a closer look the monument bear the name of some of those soldiers. Under the arch of India gate there’s a black shrine known as Amar Jawan Jyoti which marks an Unknown Army’s Tomb. A rifle stands on the Tomb with a helmet on top. It has become customary for President and Prime Minister to pay tribute to the fallen armies who gave their life for the Country.

A straight road of 3km called Rajpath runs from India Gate to Raisina Hill. This wide road is surrounded on both sides by lush lawns and shaded with trees. Even on a hot day people come here to rest under the cool shades. India Gate is very much everyone’s property. There is certain sense of homeliness and belongingness when you visit this place. You feel welcomed. All kinds of people flocked here especially towards the cool evening. Boat ride facilities are available just near India Gate. It is a good way of beating the summer heat. Many vendors do brisk business from tourists. You’ll always find a Chaiwala and a Chanawala even on a hot day.

India Gate is a good place for family outing, even for family with kids. Police stroll around the vicinity and insures safety. At evening the golden sun hit the western Side of the Gate and for brief moment it stood like a gold gilded monument.India gate stays awake even late into the night and there's a sense of festive air around it. People came here for all kinds of celebrations and the sparks of joy lit up the whole place.

The Interesting India Gate Facts:

  1. Throughout India, India Gate is one of the biggest memorials of war.
  2. The designing of the monument was conducted by Sir Edwin Lutyens who was the chief architect of Delhi in those times.
  3. It is said that foundation of India Gate was conducted by Duke of Connaught who was also the royal highness.
  4. Started in 1921, it took approximately 10 years for India gate to finish its construction. it finally ended up its construction in 1931.
  5. At the walls of India Gate, you will find scripted names of thousands of soldiers who have bravely fought for their country and given their lives.
  6. The height of India Gate is approximately 42 meters and the best part is that you can find multiple roads spreading from this location.
  7. The similarity has been witnessed from the structure of Arc De Triomphe that is structured in Paris.
  8. At the Arch that is laid just few meters away from India Gate is a shrine which contains Amar Jawan Jyoti.
  9. The holy flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti was ignited on 26th January 1972 by the Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

Near Rajpath

Metro Station:
Central Secretariat

Timings: Morning to Night

Entry: Free

Days Closed: None

Photography Charges: Nil



Parliamant House

The Parliament House, known as Sansad Bhavan in Hindi, is the place where the Indian Parliament meets. It is the place where parliamentarians of our country sit and discuss various issues of national interest. The Parliament House is located on the northwest of Vijay Chowk, at the end of Parliament Street in New Delhi. The Parliament House is constructed in the shape of a circle standing at a height of 75 feet and measures 570 feet in diameter.
The Indian Parliament is regarded as the supreme legislative body of the country. It consists of the two Houses - the Upper House and the Lower House - and the office of the president of India. The Upper House of the Parliament is known as the Lok Sabha and the Lower House in known as the Rajya Sabha in Hindi.
For any bill to become an act, it needs to be passed by both the houses of the Parliament and also requires the consent of the President. The Central Hall of the Parliament, located at the centre of the circular Parliament House, has historical significance as it has witnessed many historic events. This hall is generally used for combine sitting of both the houses of Parliament. The Parliament House (or Sansad Bhavan) was designed in a way that it houses a central hall and three semi-circular structures surrounding it.
The Parliament House is designed by Sir Herbert Baker, and the foundation stone of the building was laid on 12 February 1921. The building was inaugurated by Lady and Lord Irwin in 1927.
Though entry to Parliament House is free, it requires official permission for visitors to enter the Parliament; be it in session or not. Parliament House is located at a strategic point at the heart of New Delhi and tourists can take local buses from various locations within city to reach the Parliament house. If not bus, one can also hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or reach through metro rail. The total time required to see the Parliament House is approximately 2 hours and photography within the premises is not allowed without prior permission. The best time to visit Parliament House is when it is in session.

Location: Near Rajpath
Metro Station: Central Secretariat Metro Station
Timings: Morning to Night
Entry: Free
Days Closed: None
Photography Charges: Nil