India Gate in New Delhi is a gigantic war memorial dedicated to the fallen Indian soldiers of World War I. Today it is a hub of Delhi citizens’ everyday life. People come for boat rides in the shallow concrete canals adjacent to the memorial. People also gather on the massive lawns for picnics. Late at night many motorists and people on bikes come to India Gate for a social, familial or romantic ice cream.
Edward Lutyens designed the memorial structure. Like the rest of Imperial Delhi designed by Lutyens, India Gate has a quaint touch of the Raj. Earlier a statue of King George V stood under a cupola adjacent to India Gate. Now it lies empty, King George V having been shifted to Coronation Park.