Revised 12/6/2018

India Gate

India Gate, located in New Delhi, is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the period 1914 - 1921 in the First World War (in many different countries) and those who died in the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The names of 13,300 servicemen have been inscribed in the gate.

In 1972 the black marble plinth and eternal flame were added beneath the gate. Since 1971 it has served as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The gate is especially beautiful at night as it is very well lit up. The gate is popular with Indians and large crowds visit the area in the evening as late as midnight. The walkway to the gate is populated with numerous vendors only a few of which are pictured because it was after dark.

The walkway to the gate crosses a busy street. As we waited to cross, an Indian family apparently consisting of a grandmother, mother, father, and a probably a three month old baby boy asked Danielle to hold the baby so they could take a picture. The baby snuggled up to Danielle and when she gave it a little kiss they were really appreciative. I tried to take a picture of the scene but was a little too slow. Earlier a couple of girls had asked Danielle to join them in a selfie. These actions were common while we were in India (except in the area around the guest house).

We had an interesting adventure on the way back to the wedding venue. Based on the short distance between the two locations, we decided that a reasonable price of an auto ride should be 30 rupees. But the first drivers wanted 200. (They undoubtedly figured the white tourists would be an easy mark.) But we found another driver that was satisfied with the 30. Unfortunately he didn't understand "wedding place" and it took us quite a while to find the address. But then he couldn't find that address and went about a mile too far. Even a policeman pointed in the wrong direction. As the driver didn't speak English and we don't speak Hindi, it took a lot of effort to get him to understand that he needed to turn around. Based on the time it took us to find the address, we decided to tip him an extra 20 rupees for the extra long ride.


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