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Shanti Vana

Delhi Tourism - Monday, September 13, 2010 7:13:14 AM

Just adjacent to Raj Ghat lies the Shanti Vanaa, which means the forest of peace. Shanti Vana is the memorial of first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. This is the place where India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated. The area beautifully maintained with a park adorned by trees which were planted by visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Jawaharlal Nehru was the son of a wealthy Indian barrister and politician, Motilal Nehru, Nehru became a leader of the left wing of the Indian National Congress when still fairly young. Rising to become Congress President, under the mentorship of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru was a charismatic and radical leader, advocating complete independence from the British Empire.

In the long struggle for Indian independence, in which he was a key player, Nehru was eventually recognized as Gandhi's political heir. Throughout his life, Nehru was also an advocate for Fabian socialism and the public sector as the means by which long-standing challenges of economic development could be addressed by poorer nations. Jawaharlal Nehru enjoyed an iconic status in India and was widely admired across the world for his idealism and statesmanship. His birthday, 14 November, is celebrated in India as Baal Divas, Children's Day in recognition of his lifelong passion and work for the welfare, education and development of children and young people. Children across India remember him as Chacha Nehru. Nehru remains a popular symbol of the Congress party which frequently celebrates his memory. Congress leaders and activists often emulate his style of clothing, especially the Gandhi cap, and his mannerisms. Nehru's ideals and policies continue to shape the Congress party's manifesto and core political philosophy. An emotional attachment to his legacy was instrumental in the rise of his daughter Indira to leadership of the Congress party and the national government.

Location: Between the main Ring Road and the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, just southeast of Red Fort, near Rajghat.

Time to visit: April-September: 5.00 am-7.30 pm & October-March:  5.30 am-7.00 pm, open on all days.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located between Old Delhi and New Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station.

Nearest Metro Station:
Kashmiri Gate.

Nearest International Airport:
Indira Gandhi International Airport

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