Located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Janpath, Rajghat
is known for its historical significance. It is the place, where Mahatma Gandhi
was cremated a day after he was shot. The Father of the Nation was cremated in
Rajghat in 1948, a year after independence. Placed right in the middle of the
lush greenery is a plain black marble structure, which honors Mahatma Gandhi
and all his deeds. Rajghat receives many tourists. Both local and international
tourists visit the place to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Built by Vanu G.
Bhuta, Mahatma’s memorial or cremation spot is designed in such a manner that
it reflects simplicity. The International VIPs pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by
placing fresh flowers on the cremation spot.
While Rajghat holds the cremation spot of the great leader
Mahatma Gandhi, you could also find the Samadhis of other popular leaders in
the nearby area. Located on the northern side of the Rajghat is Jawaharlal
Nehru’s cremation spot. The area is popularly known as Shanti Vana. Other popular
leaders cremated near Rajghat are Jagjivan Ram, Rajiv Gandhi, Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, Chandra Shekhar, Shankar Dayal Sharma, Devi Lal, I.K. Gujral, Lal
Bahadur Shastri, and Chaudhary Charan Singh.
Rajghat looks fascinating with a lush green garden adorned
with fresh trees. Tourists from all over the world pay a visit to Rajghat to
honor the cremation spots of the great Indian leaders and warriors. Rajghat
also houses the Gandhi Memorial Museum, in which, the pictures of that era and
sculptures are displayed. Tourists get a golden opportunity to get an insight
into the Sarvodaya Movement that is shown through a brief film every Thursday.
You can schedule a visit to Rajghat on Friday to participate in the prayers. The
site is open from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM for visitors.