· Summer: March-June (25°C - 47°C)
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· Monsoon: July-September
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Acknowledging the courage and valour of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in different wars, India Gate is the heart of New Delhi. Designated as the National Monument of India, the 42 m. high archway is also known as All India War Memorial. Originally, the monument was constructed from 1921-1933 by the British to commemorate thousands of Indian and British soldiers who lost their lives during World War I and the Afghan War of 1919. After India got independent, the monument was designated as the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers by the Indian Armed Forces.
Honouring the sacrifice of Indian soldiers in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War, Amar Jawan Jyoti (the eternal flame of the immortal warriors) was established under the archway. An immortal flame burns at the site day and night and is among the major highlights of India Gate. The hexagonal complex is surrounded by lush green lawns that serve as picnic spot for hundreds of local city residents and visitors everyday. One can also enjoy scrumptious street food of Delhi available with numerous vendors around the complex.
A sandstone canopy near to the archway is an added attraction. Flags of the three armed forces of India are hoisted near the monument. A great historical and architectural marvel and a patriotic symbol, India Gate is the symbol of extreme pride for every Indian.
Almost every popular road of Delhi passes from this monumental arch. Choose any mode of transport among local buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws and you can easily access India Gate.
India Gate is about 4 km., 6 km. and 8 km. respectively from New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Old Delhi railway stations. The closest metro stations are at Pragati Maidan (about 2.5 km.), Barakhamba Road (about 2.5 km.) and Patel Chowk (about 3 km.). Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are the convenient modes available at each one of them.
The international airport of Delhi is about 15 km. from the monument. Prefer to hire a taxi, though local buses and auto-rickshaws are the cheaper modes.