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Vijay Ghat

Quick Facts

Time to visit  Open on all days
Admission  Free and open to all.
Preferred Timings  April-September :  5.00 am -7.30 pm / October-March / 5.30 am-7.00 pm
Photography charges  nil
Nearest Railway Station  Old Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station  Kashmiri Gate
Functional Metro Station  Kashmiri Gate
Nearest International Airport  Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing  40 minutes

About Vijay Ghat

The last rituals of the second Prime Minister of the India, Lal Bahdur Shastri Ji were performed at this location named as Vijay Ghat. He was one of the much known freedom fighter who fought bravely to free India from the British rule. He worked along with other freedom fighters of India like Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. He became the Prime Minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru died. Lal Bahadur Shastri died of heart attack in the year 1966 while he was on a visit to Tashkent for a peace mission. His memorial is also known as Victory Bank and an artificial lake has been created towards the northern side. The memorial of Shastri Ji stands on the banks of River Yamuna. The green lush garden surrounds the entire memorial.

He was also sentenced for seven years in jail after he participated in the Satyagraha Movement that was started in 1940.

About Shastri Ji

Vijay Ghat is the known as the memorial place of India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, whose sacred body was cremated here in 1966 after he died of heart attack. The memorial is located near an artificially created lake that is towards the northern side of the landscapes of garden surrounding Vijay Ghat. Shastri Ji was born in the year 1901 and has contributed immensely in India’s freedom struggle. He has participated in many insolent campaigns and for the freedom fight of India against Britishers. He spent almost seven years of his life in British jail. He is a qualified graduate from Kashi Vidya Peeth of Varanasi. He gave the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” to the country. He has also been a crucial person in helping the governance of India after independence. He has been known for his veracity and proficiency and thus gained place in the Indian government by holding one of the highest ranks of Indian government. He had a keen visionary to take India to new level of socio and economic progress. It was his belief and strength that got India triumphant in the war that happened between India and Pakistan in 1965.

He was considered to be the “little dynamo” and he died in the year 1966 due to heart attack. He was in Tashkent in Russia on a peace mission when he died. The last rituals of Shastri Ji were done at Vijay Ghat that is also referred as the “Victory Bank”. He was the first person ever to receive the “Bharat Ratna” award. He was a kind and humble personality and always presented himself as a common man of India.

How to Reach

The city of Delhi runs many local buses that move through every part of the city and hence can be boarded to reach this monument from anywhere in Delhi. The memorial visit can also be enjoyed while travelling through hired taxis or auto-rickshaw. The metro station of Kashmere Gate is also easily accessible to reach the monument while Old Delhi railway station is also well-connected to this place.

Nearby Places to Eat

In the close vicinity of the monument is located the Ghantewala sweet shop and there are also very small eating outlets that offer mouth-watering street foods. The other much known food area is the world famous Paranthewali Gali that has different varieties of Paranthas to be offered to its food lovers.

Nearby Shopping Venues

The traditional and modern jewellery is easily available in the Chatta Chowk that attracts many Indian and foreign customers with its variety. Nai Sarak is known for all kinds of book that one can purchase while for feeling rich in the heavy wedding dresses one should visit the Chandni Chowk market.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

  • Rajghat
  • Vir Bhumi
  • Shakti Sthal
  • Shanti Van
  • National Gandhi Museum
  • Zinat-ul-masjid
  • Feroz Shah Kotla and Khuni Darwaza

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