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Rajpath in Delhi

Delhi Tourism - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:37:48 AM

Delhi is well known for historical monuments, Rajpath is one of them. It is known as King's Way, is the ceremonial avenue of the Republic of India. It runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to National Stadium, Delhi.It is lined with beautiful ponds, large green lawns and trees on both sides, which makes the environment cool and pleasant. To further extenuate the summer heat, carefully chosen trees like Jamun or Java plum were planted all along the street. It is located in such a way that Rajpath goes straight towards Raisina Hill, India's administrative center. After climbing Raisina Hill, Rajpath is flanked by North Block and South Block. Finally it ends at the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan. At Vijay Chowk it crosses Sansad Marg and the Parliament House of India can be seen to the right if coming from India Gate.

Every year on 26th January, Republic Day - a parade or annual procession is organized here to celebrate India's becoming a Republic. You will find millions of people both its sides to watch the parade. The President of India takes the salute on Rajpath as marching columns from the armed forces, missile carriers, tanks, elephants and camels pass by and citizens from all over the country showcase their talents and pay tribute to their motherland. It represents India's cultural diversity and military might. It is also used for funeral processions of important India's political leaders. The opening scene of the movie Gandhi starts at Rajpath.

The Secretariat: North Block and South Block are also called the Secretariat Buildings. North Block hosts the offices of Finance and Home ministries. South Block hosts External affairs and Defense ministries. Other important offices like some of the Prime Ministers Offices are also in the Secretariat Buildings.

Vijay Chowk:
A spacious Plaza is the site of beating the Retreat ceremony on 29 January.
India Gate is India's war memorial arch in honor of those who died in the First World War and second Afghan War. It is also India's memorial of the Unknown Soldier.

Location: Rajpath, the central avenue of Delhi, extends from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Time to Visit: Open on all days morning for tourists, who wish to see India Gate, evening for the picnic atmosphere.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the monument, which is located near Connaught Place (CP), the heart of the city, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail. From CP one can walk down to Rajpath.

Special Attraction: Carnival atmosphere on summer evenings and winter afternoons.

Famous for: Republic Day Parade on Jan 26th every year, along Rajpath where the President takes the salute.

Nearest Railway Station:
New Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

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