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Rajghat in Delhi

Located just a couple of miles away from Connaught Place, Rajghat in Delhi is known by its present name as it was once a prominent ghat or stepped embankment at the edge of the Yamuna River. Mahatma Gandhi was cremated here on 31st January in 1948 following his assassination while walking to his customary prayer meeting at Birla House.

A simple square stone platform in black marble marks the site where this great leader and ideal of millions of people the world over, was cremated. A stone footpath approaches the consecrated platform, which is located amidst acres of beautiful gardens. There are labelled trees near the platform planted by visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, Ho Chi Minh, the former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitman and the former US president Dwight Eisenhower.

'Hey Ram'- the last words of Mahatma Gandhi are inscribed on the memorial platform, which is also flanked by an eternal flame.

People of every class visit the memorial to pay their homage to 'Bapu' (father), the man who played a very important role in making India an independent country. The country respectfully remembers him on his birthday 2nd October, which is a national holiday.

Good parking facilities are available and all basic facilities for visitors are present within the premises.

Some Points to remember at Rajghat in Delhi
 

Location: Between the main Ring Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) and the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, just southeast of Red Fort

Time to visit:Open on all days

Admission: Free and open to all.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located between Old Delhi and New Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Preferred Timings: April-September: 5.00 am-7.30 pm / October-March: 5.30 am-7.00 pm

Photography charges: nil

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 40 minutes

Raj Ghat located between the main Ring Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) and the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, just southeast of Red Fort, lies the cremation site of the Father of Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This memorial is popularly known as Rajghat.

Annual Event/ Special Event:

A prayer service is organized on every Friday, the day he was assassinated, at 5.30 pm in the evening. Political leaders and citizens pay homage here every year on his birthday (October 2) and death anniversary (January 30).

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Vijay Ghat, Vir Bhumi, Shakti Sthal, Shanti Van, National Gandhi Museum, Zinat-ul-masjid, Feroz Shah Kotla and Khuni Darwaza

Nearby Places to Eat:

Hotel Inter-Continental in Connaught Place, Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues:

Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewelry) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewelry and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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