Gandhi Smriti Museum in Delhi
Gandhi Smriti Museum is the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated on the inauspicious day of 30 January 1948. Located on 5, Tees January Marg, the Government of India later converted it into a national memorial and dedicated it to Gandhiji. The building belonged to one the popular business houses of the country, Birla Group, from whom it was acquired by the Government of India in 1971.
A quiet and calm place to visit, the memorial has been designed in such a way to highlight various aspects of the life of Mahatma, his ideas, principles and values. The Gandhi Smriti museum has kept up his personal belongings along with some rare photographs, relics, frescos and sayings of Gandhiji that are on display for the visitors. The room in which he lived as well as the prayer ground where evening congregations were held have been preserved in the same way as they were during Mahatma’s lifetime. A concrete footprints trace his last steps from the room to the prayer ground and a martyr’s column marks the place where this mass leader was assassinated.
An imposing statue of Mahatma Gandhi can also been seen just at the entrance of the house with a girl and a boy holding a dove in their hands emerging from a globe. The sculptor of the statue is the popular artist Ram Sutar who has tried to convey Gandhiji’s message of peace and concern for the deprived section of the society.
Special Event / Annual Event
The Gandhian Memorial Lecture is held here annually apart various discussions, seminars and symposiums organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Indira Gandhi Memorial, Dilli Haat, Safdarjung Tomb, Rastrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir
Nearby Places to Eat
Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Inter-Continental, Parikrama Revolving restaurant, Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam’s Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: Bengali Market (sweets and chat), Kake da hotel (Indian food), Wenger, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Nirula’s, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Starbeans, Barista, Café Coffee Day, Dilli Haat, and innumerable roadside foodstalls and good Indian restaurants in INA market, Yusuf Sarai Market, Green Park and South Extension market.
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