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Vijay Ghat

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

Just near the small artificial lake extreme north of landscaped gardens is Vijay Ghat, where India's second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was cremated in 1966. Born in 1901, he was a great statesman and freedom fighter who led many defiant campaigns and spent a total of seven years in British jails. 'Shastri' was the bachelor's degree awarded to him by the Kashi Vidya Peeth of Varanasi for his academic accomplishments. Remembered for his popular slogan 'Jai Jawan and Jai Kisan', he played a very constructive role in the governance of the country after independence. Acknowledged as a man of great integrity and competence, he occupied various important positions before finally becoming the head of the government. He was a man of vision who led the country towards socio-economic progress. It was due to his great inner strength and resolve that India emerged victorious in 1965 war against Pakistan.

This 'little dynamo of a man' died of a heart attack in 1966 when he went on to a peace mission to Tashkent, Russia. His last rites were performed at Vijay Ghat, which is also known as 'Victory Bank'. He was the first person to be posthumously awarded the prestigious award 'Bharat Ratna'. Known for his honesty and humbleness throughout his life, Lal Bahadur Shastri represented the common citizen of the country.

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

 

Annual Event/ Special Event:

Prayer Services are organized every year on his birthday (October 2) and death anniversary (January 11), when political leaders as well as the common people pay homage to this great soul.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Rajghat, 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 jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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