Raj Ghat, Delhi

Raj Ghat Delhi

In the heart of India is place of residence, New Delhi, you will be able to find an internal space that is still reminiscent of the one who fought against colonialism with the mission of non-violence. This sacred site, called Raj Ghat is a tribute to the life and teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi fondly recognized as the Father of the Nation.

Raj Ghat is not only a physical area but a ground consecrated where Mahatma Gandhi is spirit lives, animating people of various generations to follow his teachings of truth, justice, and peace. The historical figure who has always stood as a guide and a moral compass for the conscience of the nation is bowed by visitors in humility and reverence.

History of RajGhat - Tombstone of Gandhi Ji

Secluded from the bustle of city life on the bank of the peaceful Yamuna River, Raj Ghat is a park with well-groomed, shaded lawns and tall trees. Here, amidst this beautiful place, lie the decorated marble pillar whereon Gandhi ji is remains were laid for eternal slumber on this somber day of 31st January 1948.

When you come to the sacred place, the very silence of what Gandhi Ji stood for permeates in. There is a brick platform, with a black marble slab on it and a low marble fence around it that was used for burning his body. This tombstone carries on his candid words He Ram, reflecting his outmost battle cry. Just by the side of the memorial stands a flame that will light for all ages, a sign of his heroism living into eternity.

Inside the compound of Raj Ghat lie the memorials of other eminent leaders such as Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, and Sanjay Gandhi, each a chapter in the rich narrative of Indian history.

What to see

However, the Raj Ghat is no memorial only; it is a living tribute with trees decorating the landscape that has been planted by distinguished persons like Queen Elizabeth II, former US President Dwight Eisenhower, and former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitman. Every tree has a plaque on it, reminding us of these personages and how they helped Gandhi ji is mission. A few steps away, two museums have become a manifestation of Gandhi ji is lasting power by displaying his lifestyle, teachings, and fight for Indias independence

Who designed Rajghat

Designed by Vanu G Bhuta, who has become internationally renowned for his architecture, Raj Ghat solicits awe and receives awards confirming its status as a national remembrance site.

Things to Do

At Gandhi Memorial Museum a film is shown – between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm except on Thursday, you will be able to watch the film on Gandhi’s life and philosophy at Gandhi Memorial Museum. If you want to watch this movie on Sunday then visit at 4:00 pm in Hindi and at 5:00 pm in English.

Those who come to Raj Ghat are reflectively asked to take off their shoes before he/she walks near the sacred site, as a sign of respect for the leader who walked with bare feet. There is a procession every Friday to memorize the day of his demise. This is to keep the light of recollection alive.

Quick Information

Location of Raj Ghat Ring Road ( Mahatma Gandhi Road), Southeast of Red Fort, Delhi 110006
Type Memorial/ Samadhi
Nearest Metro Station Jama Masjid Metro Station, Delhi Gate Metro Station, and Chandni Chowk Metro Station
Opening Time All Days of Week
Timings 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee Free
Best Time to Visit Cooler Months- October to March
Dress Code Modest Dress (according to the place)
Time Required 3-4 hrs. ( depends on individual)

Raj Ghat Special Highlights

  • Marble Pillar and Tombstone of Gandhi Ji
  • Memorials of Famous Indian Leaders and personalities like Lal Bahadur Shashtri at Vijay Ghat, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Shantivan, Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal, and Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhoomi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.
  • Memorials of Devi Lal, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Jagjivan Ram, Giani Zail Singh, Chandra Sekhar, and I.K Gujral.
  • Various Trees by famous people like Queen Elizabeth II, former US President Dwight Eisenhower, and former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitman.

Things to do near RajGhat

You must explore all the beautiful and mesmerizing heritage places located in and around Raj Ghat:

  • Red Fort - A famous Mughal fort made of red sandstone.
  • Jama Masjid - The beautiful mosque of Old Delhi with amazing architecture.
  • Chandni Chowk - This Vibrant market is very popular for its street food and small shops.
  • Purana Qila- Ancient fort displaying the Mughal style of architecture.
  • India Gate - War memorial for Indian soldiers sacrifice.
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan - The official residence of the President of India.

How to Reach Raj Ghat - Ways to Reach

Raj Ghat Transportation Details
Flight Indira Gandhi International Airport
Train New Delhi Railway Station and Old Delhi Railway Station
Road DTC Buses, Car, and Cabs like Uber, and Ola within Delhi
Nearest Metro Route Jama Masjid Metro Station, Delhi Gate Metro Station, and Chandni Chowk Metro Station