On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the nation will be celebrating the birthday of the person whose contributions proved vital to the independence of India from the British. Recognized as the nation’s father, in his quest for autonomy, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi travelled through India’s many faces. If you are planning to visit places related to Gandhi’s life, on his birth anniversary, then check out these five historic sites that you should visit.
1. Gandhi Smriti, Delhi
Located at the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi, this was the place where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Originally owned by the Birla’s once and still popularly known as the Birla House this property is now a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The museum is replete with photo galleries and artefacts that capture the days Gandhi stayed there.
2. Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Sabarmati Ashram is undoubtedly the biggest tourist attraction situated in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Located on the banks of Sabarmati river, it was also referred to as Satyagraha Ashram’ as it was in this place where the famous ‘Dandi March’ began. The room where Gandhi spent his days has been preserved and a museum ‘Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya’ offers a glimpse into his life and teachings. A visit to this place will provide you with a quick recap about Gandhi’s life. You can book a tour leader for a guided tour of the Ashram.
3. Kirti Mandir, Porbandar
Kirti Mandir, , was built in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi. It is a three-storeyed ancestral house of Gandhi where he was born. This haveli has now been converted into a museum exhibit of old photographs, a nice library of books either by him or relating to his philosophy and practice.
4. Mani Bhavan, Mumbai
This place served as Gandhi’s Bombay head-quarters for 17 years, from 1917 to 1934. It is Mani Bhavan where Gandhi initiated many of his most important movements, including the Non-Cooperation, Swadeshi, Satyagraha, Khadi, and Khilafat. The major attraction in Mani Bhavan is the picture gallery, the Library Hall which houses more than 40,000 books and the Terrace where he was arrested on.
5. Aga Palace, Pune
Built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, it is one of the significant landmarks in Indian history. This was the place where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, and Mahadevbhai Desai his secretary were jailed following the launch of the Quit India movement. This is also where Kasturba and Mahadevbhai died and their samadhis are located on the campus. Today the palace is a simple memorial dedicated to Gandhi and his philosophy.
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