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Visit India Gate, India’s national monument, which is dedicated to fallen soldiers. Admire its impressive design, watch military parades and marching bands, and enjoy picnics and games on the grassy lawns. India Gate is a 138-foot- (42-meter) tall archway honoring the tens of thousands of Indian soldiers who died serving in the British Army in World War I. Look for the inscriptions of the names of more than 13,000 soldiers who died in the Afghan War of 1919. Mounted under the arch is the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame commemorating unknown soldiers who lost their lives in various wars.
Visit the India Gate at nightfall to see the monument and the surrounding fountains beautifully lit. At night, the lawns fill up with picnicking families and groups of friends playing cricket or Frisbee. Bring your own picnic or purchase local street food from the many vendors that circulate the area. Try some fruit chaat (sweet fruit and potatoes) or bhelpuri (savory rice and vegetables).
The India Gate leads directly onto Rajpath ( King’s Way), a ceremonial boulevard lined with lawns, ornamental pools and rows of trees. Take a leisurely stroll from the India Gate to the opposite end of the boulevard, where you will arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of India’s president. At certain times throughout the year, you can visit the residence’s picturesque Mughal Gardens, featuring pools, fountains and cultivated flowers. Refer to the residence’s official website for details.
From the India Gate and Rajpath, observe one of New Delhi’s biggest celebrations, Republic Day, which takes place in January. Listen to a 21-gun salute, then watch performances by the marching bands of India’s military regiments, including a camel-mounted regiment, during the Republic Day Parade. Two days later, marching bands bring the celebrations to a close with the Beating Retreat ceremony.
Located in central New Delhi, the India Gate is easily accessible by public transportation, and just a short walk from the nearest metro station. Admission to the gate and grounds is free.
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This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Jama Masjid and Lodhi Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km). Patel Chowk Station is only a 2-minute walk and Shivaji Stadium Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Connaught Place, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rajpath, Jantar Mantar, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. National Museum and India Gate are also within 1 mi (2 km). Patel Chowk Station is only a 4-minute walk and Central Secretariat Station is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rajpath, India Gate, and National Museum. Lodhi Garden and Kasturba Gandhi Marg are also within 1 mi (2 km). Khan Market Station is 7 minutes by foot and Race Course Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Connaught Place, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and within 3 mi (5 km) of India Gate and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shivaji Stadium Station is 9 minutes by foot and Rama Krishna Ashram Marg Station is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in a provincial park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Jantar Mantar, India Gate, and National Museum. Chandni Chowk and Red Fort are also within 3 mi (5 km). New Delhi Shivaji Bridge Station is only a 3-minute walk and Barakhamba Road Station is 9 minutes.
Located in the heart of New Delhi, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vigyan Bhavan, Jantar Mantar, and India Gate. Pragati Maidan is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Patel Chowk Station is 9 minutes by foot and Central Secretariat Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Connaught Place, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jantar Mantar, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. National Museum and India Gate are also within 2 mi (3 km). Patel Chowk Station is 12 minutes by foot and Shivaji Stadium Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Connaught Place, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Jantar Mantar. National Museum and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib are also within 1 mi (2 km). Patel Chowk Station is 11 minutes by foot and Rajiv Chowk Station is 12 minutes.