Anand Bhawan

Anand Bhawan the ancestral house of the Nehru family is located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India. This house was constructed in the Victorian style of architecture in the city of Allahabad. This was the place where the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru spent his childhood years.

The Anand Bhawan has witnessed many several historic events during the time of pre independence and freedom struggle. This place holds an important significance as the first National Congress emerged in 1885. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, also spent some of his days in Anand Bhawan. He also began his non-violence movement in 1920 from here.

The place is easily accessible in Allahabad and due to its importance; any local person can guide you to get there. Once in the city of Allahabad, hire a cab or local auto rickshaw from the hotel to reach the destination. Its advantage is that it is located in the heart of the city. The timings to visit this place are from morning 9.30 to evening 6.00. The place is closed only on Tuesdays. Any time of the year is suitable to visit Anand Bhawan.

This ancestral house of the Nehru Family is now converted into a fine museum. It is open to the public so that they can visit the galleries of the huge mansion and take a look inside the rooms. The major attraction of the place is that it has a memorabilia of the Nehru family. It was also the home of Indira Gandhi who donated the house to the Indian Government in 1970 after which it was converted into a museum. The place helps to take a glimpse of the lifestyle of the most important political family of India. The two-storied building consists of a huge garden and the house contains many personal items and belongings of the family members. Separate rooms are dedicated which still preserve the belongings of Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden houses a planetarium, which is one of the major attractions for children. The planetarium unfolds wonders of outer space. Various scientific and educational models are available on sale for the students.

The gallery of the museum houses the pictures and portrays the life and times during the pre independence period. The most interesting part of the museum is the bedroom and the study room of Jawaharlal Nehru. The study section consists of numerous books in the bookshelves of the titles dedicated to Marx and Lenin. It also houses a room, which runs an audio-visual presentation of "The Story of Independence". The museum is very well kept and maintained which makes a worth visiting place for the tourists.

Thus, Anand Bhawan holds a very important place in the history of India. It was the place where many major decisions were taken during Indian freedom struggle. Now the place is visited to take the glimpse of the museum and the planetarium.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16

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