In a similar vein to Paris’s grand Arc de Triomphe, Delhi’s India Gate proudly stands in the centre of twelve radiating streets near central Delhi. Standing 42 metres tall, the names of some 90,000 soldiers who lost their life in World War 1 (and other wars of the time) are inscribed into its light coloured brick, the moving tomb of an unknown soldier lies under the grand arch.
Removed on India’s independence in 1947, the smaller canopy used to contain a statue of King George VI of England. It has lain empty since with suggestions that a statue of India’s famous independence fighter and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi as an appropriate replacement.
Majestically located on a broad boulevard, India Gate stands elegant and serene in India’s frenzied capital and is a must-see Delhi travel wonder along with the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, the 11th century Qutub Minar, the Jama Masjid mosque and the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum.