museum was the former residence of Indira Gandhi at 1 Safdarjang Rd.
It displays some of her personal effects, including the sari she was
wearing at the time of her assassination. A crystal plaque in the
garden, flanked constantly by two soldiers, protects a few brown spots
of Mrs Gandhi's blood on the spot where she actually fell after being
shot by two of her bodyguards in December 1984.
Location:1 Safdarjung Road, near Safdarjung Tomb and airport
to Visit:Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed
Preferred Timings: 9.30 am to 4.45 pm
Admission Fee: Free and open to all
Photography charges: nil
Reach:Tourists can either take local buses from various points
within the city to reach this museum or they can hire auto-rickshaws
and taxis or metro rail.
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
required for sightseeing: Approx 40 minutes
Gandhi Memorial Museum is located in a sprawling yet simple white
bungalow where the great leader Mrs. Gandhi lived as prime minister of
India. It was here in the gardens of this bungalow that her two
bodyguards assassinated her on October 31st 1984. The bungalow was
later converted into a memorial museum.
the museum has limited display but still it has a beautiful collection
of photographs covering the Nationalist movement and personal and
public life of Nehru-Gandhi family. The collection gives a visual
narration of her life from childhood to her last days. Apart from some
personal belongings of Mrs. Gandhi, one can also view her still laid
out simple drawing room and study room through the large glass. The
museum conserves her blood stained sari, which she wore on the day she
museum also contains the personal exhibits of her son Rajeev Gandhi
including the burnt clothes and shoes that he wore when he was
assassinated in a bomb blast in May 1991. As Rajeev was himself a
trained photographer, the museum houses some of his best photographs
covering some good times of his life.
coming out of the house, the visitor reaches the garden where Mrs.
Gandhi was shot. The whole stretch that she last walked has been
enclosed in a glass like frame giving a rippling affect of a river.
The place where she finally fell after being shot on the frame has
been marked, which also has few dried blood spots.
should not miss to read one of the last writings of Mrs. Gandhi (hung
at the right hand side partition of the entrance room), probably
written on the last night before her death. It reveals the love and
devotion of this great soul for her country and countrymen as well as
the determination and strong will to work for the overall welfare of
the country in spite of the threat to her life.
museum is very popular among the tourists especially the domestic ones
who in a way pay tribute to their leaders who sacrificed their life
for their country.
Haat, Safdarjung Tomb, Rastrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar,
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir
Places to Eat
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.
Nagar Market (all types of things but especially trendy and
fashionable clothes), South Extension Market (most commercial shopping
destination), Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art galleries,
leather goods and the list goes on), Baba Kharak Singh Marg (it has
emporium of all states of India dedicated to state's unique art and
craft created by traditional and skilled artisans), Central Cottage
Industries (merchandise and curios), Janpath (clothes and low priced
gifts, souvenirs and curios), Panchkuian Road (ethnic things), Khan
Market (local residential market) and Palika Bazaar (electronic items)