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RAJPATH

RAJPATH

RUNNING EAST of Vijay Chowk is Rajpath, a two-mile-long avenue used for parades, with 4 ornamental fountains, canals and lawns on either side. At the intersection of Rajpath and Janpath is the National Archives building, where important state records and documents are kept. Opposite this is the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. A major venue for large exhibitions and international symposia, it also houses a collection of rare manuscripts. At Rajpath’s eastern end is India Gate, a massive red 4 sandstone arch, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I, and those who fell in battle in the North-West Frontier Province and the Third Afghan War. An eternal flame burns in memory of the soldiers who died in the 1971 India-Pakistan War. Facing India Gate is the sandstone canopy where a statue of King George V was installed in 1936. The statue is now at Coronation Park¬† and the canopy stands empty.

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