The Indian armed forces comprise more than three million personnels. They have fought many wars, during which many of them lost their lives. Most of the casualties happened during the three wars fought with Pakistan in 1965, 1971 and 1999. With time, the respect for them has grown and their sacrifice has been recognised by citizens. A lot of war memorials have been constructed in the nation to honour the slain soldiers, and one such monument is the India Gate. Holidays to India can be customised to visit it and pay a heartfelt tribute to these martyrs.
Commemorating the Sacrifice of Soldiers
This war memorial is a highly-popular tourist attraction in the country. It is situated in the heart of New Delhi – the national capital. The acclaimed English architect Edward Lutyens designed it and its foundation was laid by the Duke of Connaught in 1917. It is an arched gateway, about 42 metres high, with a pedestal for a roof, which is further topped by a dome. Built between 1917 and 1931, it has walls inscribed with names of about 83000 soldiers, who died during WWI and the Third Afghan War, along with their ranks and regiments. Rajpath is a straight road connecting it to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Flags of the national army, navy and air force are hoisted in front of its main entry. In the centre on the ground is a lamp called Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is fuelled by gas and burns without getting extinguished.
Most of the people coming to Delhi as part of their India tour packages make it a point to visit this beautiful memorial. The monument is illuminated with powerful lights after sunset while during national holidays, these lights are of green, white and saffron colours. A pedestal, formerly housing a statue of Queen Victoria, is in the front of it. On both sides of Rajpath are lush green lawns, which come alive with huge crowds of people in the evening. The parks have water fountains and large, rectangular ponds, where boating can be enjoyed.