The memorial-gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens
In 2017, the India Gate was twinned with the Arch of Remembrance in Leicester, England, another Lutyens war memorial.
The India Gate is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the “ceremonial axis” of New Delhi.
The memorial-gate hexagon complex, with a diameter of about 625 metres, covers approximately 306,000 m² in area.
The India Gate was part of the work of the Imperial War Graves Commission, which came into existence in December 1917 under the British rule for building war graves and memorials to soldiers who were killed in the First World War.
In July 2014, the government announced plans to construct a National War Memorial around the canopy and a National War Museum in adjoining Princess Park. The National War Memorial was completed in January 2019.
The gate, which is illuminated every evening from 19:00 to 21:30, today serves as one of Delhi’s most important tourist attractions.
The India Gate, which has been called a “creative reworking of the Arc de Triomphe” has a span of 30 feet.
India Gate is counted amongst the largest war memorials in India.
The foundation stone of the gate, then called the All India War Memorial, was laid on 10 February 1921, at 16:30, by the visiting Duke of Connaught in a ceremony attended by Officers and Men of the British Indian Army, Imperial Service Troops, the Commander in Chief, and Chelmsford, the viceroy.