India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the British Indian soldiers deceased between 1914 and 1921. The monument has the names of soldiers inscribed on its walls who lost their lives in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Following the Bangladesh Liberation War, a black marble plinth with a reversed rifle capped by a war helmet, bounded by four flames, was built beneath the archway of India Gate. The structure called Amar Jyoti Jawan, serves as the ‘Tomb of the unknown soldier’ since 1971.
The structure designed by Edwin Lutyens was built during the same time when New Delhi got its current shape under the British in the early 20th century. The-42 meter tall structure stands on a base of Bharatpur stone with a shallow domed bowl at the top. The area surrounding the structure has expansive gardens on both sides of the road leading up to the monument. The best time to visit the place is early morning or at night when the monument is illuminated in the colours of Indian flag.