Often referred to as ‘Village of Service’, Sevagram is a famous village in the state of Maharashtra. The town is located at a distance of 85 kilometers and was chosen by Mahatma Gandhi as his base during the Indian Independence Movement. During the freedom struggle, the village played host to several nationalist leaders. The Sevagram Ashram was the first building to be built in this place. Built on 40 hectares of farmland, Sevagram is a peaceful ashram which has been carefully restored with the original hits where Gandhi lived and worked. Besides, you can visit other prominent huts and cottages in this region include Kishore Kuti, Mahadev Kuti and Parchure Kuti.
How to Reach Sevagram from Hyderabad
Wardha Railway Station is an important railhead on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai Line. There are frequent train services from major cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Hyderabad. You can hire an auto rickshaw from Wardha Railway Station to Sevagram.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is the nearest and closest airport to Sevagram. The airport is connected to various prominent cities in India such as Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. Later, you can catch a bus from Nagpur Airport to Sevagram.
The National Highway 7 connects Hyderabad and Sevagram. The road journey from Hyderabad to Sevagram will approximately take around 6.5 hours. There is no direct bus connectivity between Hyderabad and Sevagram. Deluxe and semi-deluxe buses ply between Sevagram and other major cities such as Hyderabad, Bhopal, Nagpur, Nasik, Mumbai, Kanpur and Pune.
Tourist Attractions in Sevagram
Renowned as the place where Gandhiji resided for a period of 13 years from 1936 t0 1948, Sevagram Ashram is believed that when Mahatma Gandhi started his Dandi March on 12th March, 1930 from the Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi he has vowed not to step foot in Sabarmati before India attained independence. However, India did not achieve independence and he was instead imprisoned. The Ashram contains many belongings of Mahatma Gandhi.
Adi Nivas and the Prayer Ground
Adi Nivas was the first hut to be built at Sevagram Ashram. One can see a beautiful sand bed or the prayer ground. The northern verandah of this Ashram was used as the dining hall. The prayer ground is the place where morning & evening prayers of various religions held and that has continued till today.
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences
Touted as India’s first rural medical college, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) is managed by Kasturba Gandhi. The college was earlier affiliated to the Nagpur University (1997-1998) and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (1998). The college was started by Dr. Sushila Nayyar. The very fact that the Kasturba hospital of MGIMS was started by the ‘Father of the Nation’ in 1944 is a matter of pride.