07 August, 2012

The India Gate, New Delhi

"I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like." 

Coco Chanel

I also took for granted, the fact that I am always meant to be in New Delhi. When you travel overseas, to a new place, you visit all their tourist/historic spots. But in your own hometown/city, you take those places for granted. You pass by them on daily basis and never even bother to stop by and have a closer look.

Off late, I have been thinking about showcasing to my readers more about the lovely city New Delhi. I keep saying how much I love my city but I have not showcased it much here on my blog (hang my head down in shame). My stats tell me that  more that 50 % of my readers are not from Delhi/India. So I must show you my city, which is home to several historic sites and museums.

The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, the India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

It is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It was built in 1931. Originally known as the All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark inDelhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the Indian Empire, or more correctly theBritish Raj, in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is composed of red and pale sandstone and granite.
Originally, a statue of George V of the United Kingdom stood under the now vacant canopy in front of the India Gate, but it was removed toCoronation Park together with other statues. Following India's independence, the India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti ("the flame of the immortal soldier").

What I am wearing

Dress: From my export line
Belt: Zara
Glares and bag: LV
Heels: Guess
Location: The India gate, New Delhi