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3. India Gate, New Delhi, India

India gate is one of the most remarkable landmarks in New Delhi. It is originally called as All India War Memorial, dedicated to brave Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for British in World War I. The names of 70000 Indian soldiers also inscribed on India gate. Today this ,monument served as tomb of unknown soldier, referred to soldiers who died in wars. India Gate also serves as site of Amar Jawan Jyoti, to remind the soldier who ended up their lives in Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.

Amar Jawan Jyoti was opened by prime minister Indira Gandhi on 26th January 1972. The eternal flame under India Gate burns day and night to remind all great martyrs of 1971 Indo-Pak war, who risked all for India’s pride. The construction of India Gate started in 1921 and took 10 years for it’s completion, opened on 12th February, 1931. Today it became one of major tourist attraction of New Delhi, illuminated every evening. The republic day parade also passes through the India Gate, held on 26th January every year.

The India Gate, is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi, India, formerly called Kingsway. India Gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen’s names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The India Gate, even though a war memorial, evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

In 1971, following the Bangladesh Liberation war, a small simple structure, consisting of a black marble plinth, with reversed rifle, capped by war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. This structure, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, since 1971 has served as India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.