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About India Gate

An iconic symbol, historical landmark and war memorial, India Gate is a central archway located in the heart of India’s capital, New Delhi. Now a major tourist attraction, its principle purpose is as a reminder of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War, with thousands of names inscribed upon the gate, although it has come to symbolise the general loss of military life in war. Standing 42 metres high as a triumphant gate, it has become more than a memorial, also acting as a tourist attraction and impressive piece of architecture, often compared to other landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or Gateway of India in Mumbai.

The principle thing for visitors to do at India Gate is to witness the landmark itself and discover its finer details, such as the name inscriptions on the stone, or the capital letter sentence memorialising the dead of the Indian armies who fell in France and throughout the world. There are exactly 13,218 names engraved on the gate, although visitors might require a guide book to read the print up close as access to India Gate is restricted. India Gate stands upon a base of red stone called Bharatpur, which expands upwards in stages, and at the top of the monument, there is a shallow bowl which can be filled with burning oil on special occasions, such as anniversaries. After sunset, lights illuminate India Gate giving it a beautiful night time aesthetic, and during the day the gate and its surrounding green lawns are a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists who enjoy the peaceful energy of the area.

As India Gate is such a renowned landmark, it is easy to reach from throughout the city via local bus services, by taking a taxi or on the metro system to Central Secretariat station, a central and well-connected transport hub. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International, which has direct connections to major international cities, or visitors can take long distance trains that are available throughout India.

Construction of India Gate began in February 1921, as part of the Imperial War Graves Commission, which aimed to build monuments to the lost soldiers of World War I, and was completed in 1931, ten years later. Lord Irwin inaugurated the gate and stated its purpose as a reminder of the sacrifice and services of the names engraved on the stone.

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Hotel The Royal Plaza

Hotel The Royal Plaza
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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6.7
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Set in South Delhi, Hotel The Royal Plaza is a short stroll from Bharat Sanchar Nigam and provides an outdoor pool and a sauna. There is also a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

Le Meridien New Delhi

Le Meridien New Delhi
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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Fabulous, 8.8
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A 10-minute walk from Patel Chowk Metro Station, Le Meridien New Delhi has a convenient setting, making it an ideal base while visiting New Delhi. Those staying at the property have access to a sauna, an outdoor pool and a beauty centre.

The Taj Mahal Hotel

The Taj Mahal Hotel
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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Superb, 9.1
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Situated in South Delhi, The Taj Mahal Hotel offers modern accommodation with state-of-the-art amenities. It also features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a sauna.

Bloomrooms @ Janpath

Bloomrooms @ Janpath
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Central Delhi, New Delhi
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Bloomrooms @ Janpath provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in New Delhi. A short stroll from Bharat Sanchar Nigam, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV and free wireless internet access.

Blue Triangle Family Hostel

Blue Triangle Family Hostel
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Central Delhi, New Delhi
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Situated under a 10-minute stroll from Patel Chowk Metro Station, Blue Triangle Family Hostel provides guests with a convenient base when visiting New Delhi. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet throughout the property.

The Janpath Hotel

The Janpath Hotel
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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Good, 7.0
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Situated within walking distance of Udyog Bhawan Metro Station, The Janpath Hotel offers guests an ideal base while visiting New Delhi. It provides 4-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Centre Point Hotel

Centre Point Hotel
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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Situated under a 20-minute walk from Barakhamba Road Metro Station, Centre Point Hotel offers guests an ideal base when in New Delhi. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

Sagar Apartments

Sagar Apartments
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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This New Delhi property is located within a 10-minute stroll of Pragati Maidan Metro Station. It is ideally positioned for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

Royale Connaught Suites

Royale Connaught Suites
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South Delhi, New Delhi
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This New Delhi guest house is situated within a 10-minute stroll of Patel Chowk Metro Station. It also provides a laundry service, a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi.

Kanishka Hotel

Kanishka Hotel
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Central Delhi, New Delhi
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Located a short walk from Patel Chowk Metro Station, Kanishka Hotel is an ideal base while in New Delhi. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions.

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