There’re several quotes describing the life and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi who believed in the policy of “ahimsa paramo dharma”. His attributes and belief were so strong that it led the English to move out of our Motherland, thus attaining freedom. His indomitable will, gentle way of expression, philosophy and glory made Indians fearless. Mahatma Gandhi, the legend of Indian Freedom Movement has created a history at different places in India. He is popular not only in India but admired globally. People call him Bapu to show their love and respect for our “Father of Nation”. The charm of Mahatama Gandhi is appreciated all over the world and people especially come to India to discover Gandhi’s life deeply. Bapu was loved by every one for his kindness and support. Gandhi has initiated several major steps to make India independent. There’re various landmarks in India where Bapu has shaped alluring Indian history which creates a sense of devotion and enthusiasm in travelers to explore the places.
International tourists have great attraction to visit such places as they want to walk around the Gandhi’s life. Gandhi Jayanti is the occasion to honor Bapu by visiting his places and tribute him for his everlasting contribution towards making India free from the chains of slavery. This year, let’s celebrate Gandhi’s birthday by exploring his places. If it is about travelling Indian terrains, what could be the best option than choosing train as a medium to travel? Several luxurious tourist trains are run by the Indian Railways to comfort passengers’ journey. Indian Railways also fulfill the food demands of travelers by delivering food in train by IRCTC and its catering partners. Railmitra is the one stop-solution that serves best quality food in train and serves various railway inquiry related details. It’s a complete travel planner relish the train journey with delicacies at your berth.
6 Places that Immortalized Gandhi Ji
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Located on the banks of River Sabarmati, it’s the Sabarmati Ashram where Gandhiji lived in a small cottage which is now famous as ‘Hridaya Kunj. Sabarmati Ashram holds a great historical importance where Gandhi ji spent his life. Visitors can spot the things which Bapu has used including- writing desk, Khadi Kurta and a yarn spun by him. An important feature that adds an attraction in the ashram is the Gandhi Sanghralaya. The museum has several units to visit like library, two photo galleries and an auditorium.
Address: Gandhi Smarak Sanghralaya
Timing: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Porbandar – Birth Place of Mahatma Gandhi
Porbandar is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat. A 79 ft. high imposing building has been built to commemorate the Gandhi’s birth. The major attraction of Porbandar is Kirti Mandir which is a three-storied ancestral house of Mahatma Gandhi. The birth place of Gandhi ji has lot to say about Gandhi’s childhood. When tourists visit this place they would get to know about the childhood of Mahatma Gandhi.
How to Reach: It is easy to reach Porbandar from Ahmadabad which is well connected by air and rail route. There are direct train services from Mumbai to Porbandar.
Gandhi believed that “the improvement of village is the only foundation on which conditions in India can be permanently ameliorated”. Gandhi practiced this first in Sevagram, located 8 km from Wardha town in Maharashtra. Gandhi established his experiment library in Sevagrm. When Gandhi relocated from Sabarmati, he established his residence in Sevagram village.
Aga Khan Palace, Pune
Aga Khan Palace took place in the books of History when Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai imprisoned in 1942 when they were fighting for Quit India Movement. This is also the place where Kasturba and Mahadevi breathed her last. Today, the palace has been converted into Gandhi National Memorial where photos and paintings of Gandhi’s life can be seen.
Address: Pune Nagar Rd., Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Fees: INR 5 for Indian Adults, INR 2 for children and INR 100 for foreign tourist.
Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai
The museum was built after assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. It is one of the several memorials built for Mahatma Gandhi. Here the tourist can find the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated.
Address: Tallakulam, Madurai, Tamilnadu
Timings: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Gandhi Smriti or Birla Bhavan, New Delhi
Gandhi Smriti was formerly known as Birla House is a museum devoted to the Father of Nation. It is located at Tees January Road in New Delhi. This is the spot where Gandhi spent 144 days of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Now, the museum hosts collections of Gandhi’s pictures and some of his personal belongings. Tourist can also spot the small doll houses depicted the life of Gandhi.
Address: 5, Tees January Lane, Birla House, New Delhi
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
IRCTC to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary
IRCTC has announced a “Bharat Darshan” train for the tourist which will cross through the historical places related with our “Father of Nation”. The package will start from 27th September’2019 and will cover places like Kirti Mandir (Porbander), Sabarmati Ashram (Ahmedabad), Omkareshwar Temple (Indore), Mahakaleshwar Temple (Ujjain), Kochrab Ashram, Akshardham Temple, Dwarkadesh, Nageshwar Temple, Somnath Temple (Somnath), and Statue of Unity (Vadodara).
The tour duration is of eight nights and nine days and will cost around Rs 8,505 for sleeper class and Rs 10,395 for 3AC class. The train would depart from rewa station at 11:00 hrs. The package includes:
- Free meals (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner; veg only)
- Hall Accommodation
- Tourist buses
- Tour escorts
- Security arrangements
For more information, login to IRCTC tourism official website.
If you are a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi, celebrating Gandhi’s birth anniversary by visiting these places is the best way to show the devotion. Check the train schedule to these routes and book your tickets. During journey you can get food delivery in train from Railmitra app to have a great culinary experience right at your berth.