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Vir Bhumi Delhi

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

Vir Bhumi located next to Rajghat is the memorial of the sixth and youngest prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. Popularly known as a man with great dreams for his country and his countrymen, Rajiv Gandhi was the first son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi. He was appointed as prime minister of the country within hours of his mother's assassination in 1984 and two months later he won a landslide general election.

The Congress Party led by Rajeev Gandhi was voted out of power in the next election. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber, at Sriperumbudur, 40-km away from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, in May 1991, while campaigning for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

His last rites were performed at Vir Bhumi and a memorial was been set up to honor this young visionary leader. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in the year 1991.

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

 

Annual Event/ Special Event:

Prayer Service is organized every year on his birth (August 20) and death anniversary (May 21).

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Vijay Ghat, Shakti Sthal, Rajghat, 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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