Sunday, January 18, 2009

India Gate and surrounding areas

Republic day is approaching and India Gate is fully lit up for the occasion. This is a major landmark of Delhi and was built by the British as a memorial to the soldiers who died in the 1st world war and the Afghan war. Since 1971, a shrine has been built under the arch where a torch burns continuously and is known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti ( the flame of the immortal soldier).
The structure is over 42 mtrs high and has the names of 90,000 soldiers that died in the various wars engraved on the structure. Designed by Lutyens, it is surrounded by green lawns and a pool. Evenings see sizable crowds of picnickers.

National Gallery of Modern Art
If you are an art lover , a visit to the the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi is a must. Started in 1954, the gallery has paintings from the period 1857 onwards and has paintings of all the modern day Indian painters and also includes paintings of British painters of the 19th and early 20th century.
The building was formerly the residential palace of the Maharajah of Jaipur.

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