The Canopy lies right behind the India Gate. It is about 150 meters from the gate. This is an empty canopy, but filled with a majestic beauty.
According to reports, the vacant canopy is a symbol of the British’s retreat from India. Visitors can have a beautiful glimpse of the whole Rajpath by standing next to the Canopy. At night, the Canopy looks spectacular.
Rumors were to install the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Canopy, but till now nothing of this sort has happened. The Canopy is empty and awaits.
The Canopy was built by Edwin Lutyens, the British architect famous for building the fascinating Connaught Place of Delhi. Until 1947, that is, till independence of India, the Canopy featured the statue of King George V. This was removed later. The statue is now located in Coronation Memorial Park in North Delhi.
The Canopy is constructed in red sandstone. Its structure is inspired by a 6th century structure called the Mahabalipuram Pavilion in South India. The Canopy stands proudly on top of Raisina Hill inside the India Gate lawn. Visitors can have a direct view of the Rashtrapati Bhawan from here.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Delhi is during the seasons of autumn, winter, and spring. Summers are too hot to roam around at places like India Gate. The warm winter sun of Delhi offers an excellent atmosphere to visit the Canopy and bask in the golden sunlight, appreciating the architectural beauty of India Gate and the Canopy.
How to Reach
India Gate is a famous structure of Delhi city. Several local buses ply to it. Visitors can hail cabs, autorickshaws, and use metro train to reach this place. Once visitors are inside the premises of India Gate, they can easily reach the Canopy, which is behind the gate.
The nearest metro station is Barakhamba Road Metro Station.
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