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The National War Memorial was inaugurated on 25 February 2019, by the Prime Minister Of India, Narendra Modi. The memorial is in the form of an obelisk which is 15.5-m tall and was conceptualized during the Indo-China War in 1962 as a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives while protecting the country. The memorial wall includes the inscription of names of martyrs from the Independence war of 1947,1961 Annexation of Goa, 1962 Indo-China War, 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, 1971 Indo-Pakistan War, 1987 Siachen war, 1987-88 Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, and 1999 The Kargil War in Kargil.

The inauguration of the National War Memorial was quite recent, that is, on the 25th of February 2019. Although people can visit this place for free to witness this tribute to the martyrs at any time of the day, evenings are the most preferable time for you.

History of National War Memorial 

In April 2017, a global design competition was announced and conducted. In this competition, a Chennai’s architectural firm, WeBee Design Lab was chosen as the winner. Then, accordingly, it was given the task of conceptualizing the design of the upcoming National War Memorial. And they came up with quite an interesting concept which included the below-mentioned highlighting features.

Amar Chakra (Circle of Immortality). One of the concentric circles is Amar Chakra that denotes the immortality of the soldiers who left us during the war.

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Veerta (Circle of Bravery). This is another concentric that defines the bravery of soldiers and encourages the nation to respect the country-savers.

Tyaga (Circle Of Sacrifice). Tyaga or sacrifice denotes the courage of soldiers who were/are willingly wanting to sacrifice their lives to ensure the safety of the country.

Suraksha Chakra (Circle Of Protection). The 'Suraksha Chakra' stands for the protection of the country that the soldiers pledge by.

Major Attractions in and Around National War Memorial

1. National Gallery Of Modern Art. The art gallery is under the Ministry of Culture. It was established on March 29, 1954. It houses more than 14,100 works that include works of several renowned artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Amrita Sher-Gil, Jamini Roy, etc. 

2. Swaminarayan Akshardham. It is another branch of Akshardham Gandhinagar, Gujarat. There are several exhibition halls displaying the life and works of Swaminarayan. It is just a few minutes of walking distance from Akshardham Metro Station. 

3. National Museum. Also known as the National Museum Of India, it is in the list of largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it houses art and lifestyle of India from prehistoric to modern works of art. It is located near Janpath.

4. Delhi Food Walks. Know Delhi through its food! There are several food walks provided by the local authority, accompanying a guide to introduce you with Old Delhi Food Culture. This certainly is going to be an amazing experience for you. 

5. Shopaholics. Khan market, which is an amalgamation of several clothing shops and other antique accessories, is perfect for the shopaholics.  Also, there are many street clothing stalls that are famous among Delhiites as well as tourists. Apart from this, you can head to several malls in Delhi to enjoy your days in the capital city.  

How to Reach National War Memorial

By Air. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport which is well-connected to major cities in India as well as overseas. Once you reach the airport, you can easily take a bus, cab, taxi or auto to reach the National War Memorial. 

By Rail. The nearest railway station is New Delhi Railway Station. It is well-connected to other major cities of India such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Gujarat, etc. Once you reach the station, you can take a bus, auto, taxi to reach India Gate where the National War Memorial is located. Also, you can take Metro Rail Service towards Khan Market on the Violet Line, Udyog Bhavan on the Yellow Line or Mandi House on the Blue Line. 

By Road. Delhi's roadways are well-connected to travel within or outside of the city.  People from cities like Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Mathura, Nainital, and Shimla can easily reach Delhi via roads. 

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