A national tribute to the bravehearts and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country, the War Memorial stands proud at the heart of Delhi. An expansive monument boasting well-manicured lawns, peppered with life-like busts of the brave heroes who gave their lives in the service of the country, War Memorial invokes a deep pride in visitors. It is dedicated to the soldiers who gave their lives during the India-China war in 1962, Indo-Pak Wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka and in the Kargil conflict of 1999.

The granite walls of the memorial have been inscribed in gold with the names of the martyrs. The walls themselves are iconic and have been designed to symbolise an ancient Indian war formation referred in the Mahabharata, called Chakravyuh. The memorial boasts four concentric walls or chakras (Amar Chakra, Veerta Chakra, Tyag Chakra and Rakshak Chakra) that reflect the significance of the Indian Armed Forces. The sanctum sanctorum of the monument hosts a tall obelisk that marks the beginning of the Chakravyuh. This obelisk falls in the Amar Chakra or the Circle of Immortality, which also holds the eternal flame that symbolises the immortal spirit of the martyrs. The second circle is the Veerta Chakra or the Circle of Bravery, which is a covered gallery that exhibits bronze murals depicting valiant battles fought by the armed forces. Next comes the Tyag Chakra or the Circle of Sacrifice that has one granite tablet for each soldier with his name, regiment and identification number marked on it. The last is the Rakshak Chakra or the Circle of Protection that comprises a row of trees in a symbolic reassurance to the citizens that they will be protected from all threats. Each tree represents a soldier manning the boundaries of the country. The memorial also houses the statues of 21 recipients of the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military decoration awarded for displaying distinguished act of valour during wartime. These have been kept in the designated area of Param Yodha Sthal that is fringed by lush greenery on all sides. Busts of three living awardees have also been included in these. Moreover, War Memorial is home to 34 water bodies including several fountains that use water from a 1.45 million litre storage tank which has been designed to harvest rainwater. Located near the beautiful Rajpath and Delhi's gorgeous central vista, the war memorial makes for a great spot that must be visited.

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