Apart from being the capital of India, Delhi is a fascinating
city with pleasant contradictions. Comprising of Old
Delhi and New Delhi, the city is home to famous tourist
destinations like the Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate,
Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun's
Tomb, and the vivacious shopping bazaar of Chandni Chowk.
The memorials in Delhi, including Raj Ghat, Shanti Van,
Shakti Sthal, Vir Bhumi, and Vijay Ghat are also very
popular tourist destinations.
The most popular memorial in Delhi, Raj Ghat was set
up in honor of the Father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi,
who was assassinated on 31st January 1948. The memorial
is located on the Ring Road on the way to ISBT and is
about four km away from Janpath. The memorial is made
in black stone and the last words of Mahatma Gandhi
- 'Hey Ram' is inscribed on it. Every Friday (the day
of his assassination) prayers are held. There is also
a museum dedicated to Gandhiji near the memorial which
houses photographs and some of his personal memorabilia.
Shanti Vana, located near Raj Ghat is the memorial of
the first Prime Minister of India-Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru,
after he died in the year 1964. The memorial, now a
beautiful park adorned with many trees, is visited by
all foreign dignitaries.
The memorial of the first woman Prime Minister of India,
Mrs. Indira Gandhi, is at Shakti Sthal. Considered a
renowned statesman all over the world, Indira Gandhi's
last rites were performed here and the memorial was
built in her honor. A grey-red monolithic stone marks
the site where she was cremated following her assassination.
A prayer service is organized every year on her birthday
(November 19) and death anniversary (October 31st).
Vir Bhumi, located next to Rajghat is the memorial of
the sixth and youngest Prime Minister of India, Rajiv
Gandhi. The first son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi, Rajiv
Gandhi was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber, at
Sriperumbudur, on May 1991. His last rites were performed
at Vir Bhumi and a memorial was been set up to honor
this young visionary leader. A Prayer Service is organized
every year on his birth (August 20) and death anniversary
Also known as Victory Bank, Vijay Ghat is the memorial
where India's second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri
was cremated in 1966. Prayer Services are organized
every year on his birthday (October 2) and death anniversary
How to reach
To visit the memorials in Delhi, the nearest airport
is the Indira Gandhi International Airport located 23
km southwest of Central Delhi and the domestic terminal
at Palam is 5 km away from the international terminal.
Taxi and coach transfer is available from both International
and Domestic Arrivals.
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