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Shanti Van

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

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 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

Shanti Van located north of Shakti Sthal and Rajghat is the memorial of India's great leader and first prime minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. Born in Allahabad in 1889, Jawahar Lal Nehru is considered as the father of institutional democracy of the country. Popularly known as 'Chacha (Uncle) Nehru' by children, he was the longest serving prime minister of Independent India for over 15 years during which he brought economic and political stability to the new nation and shaped the future of modern India.

Said to be an architect of all Indian policies, this dynamic personality was cremated here in the year 1964. A memorial has been set up at this spot, surrounded by lush green lawns and foliage to honor the leader. A socialist at heart, he always advocated and worked for a secular, equal and free society. His central objective was "to get rid of the appalling poverty of the people." He believed in technology and progress, in machines and industrialization and formulated policies to make India a prosperous country. The country lovingly remembers him on his birthday 14th November every year, which is celebrated as 'Children's Day'. Next to Shanti Van is the memorial of Sanjay Gandhi, grandson of Nehru and son of Indira Gandhi. He was cremated here in 1980.

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

 

Annual Event/ Special Event:

A prayer service is organized every year on his birth (November 14) and death anniversary (May 27). Countrymen and political leaders pay homage to their beloved leader.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Rajghat, Vijay Ghat, Vir Bhumi, Shakti Sthal, 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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