Designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate sits at the center of New Delhi in the middle of a traffic circle at one end of Rajpath. Built in 1931, the Arc-de-Triomphe-like gate commemorates the 90,000 members of the British Indian Army killed during World War I and the Third Afghan War.
Another memorial, the Amar Jawan Jyoti or eternal flame, was added to India Gate in the early 1970s as a memorial to India’s unknown soldiers, particularly those who died in the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971.
As one of Delhi’s most important landmarks, India Gate and the small
park surrounding it often has a festive atmosphere, with vendors, kids
playing cricket and locals who come to socialize, especially during the
early evening hours. If you’re in the area visiting the Presidential
Palace, Rajpath or the National Museum, set aside some time for people
watching at this historic monument.