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A Visit to Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in Delhi

Written By: Siji Ram

Located at the Safdarjung area in Delhi, the Indira Gandhi Memorial museum is one of the most visited landmarks in Delhi. A trip to this museum not only gives you a peep into Indira Gandhi's life, it also throws light into India and its development when she was in power. Here's a travel guide to the museum.

Indira Gandhi, the first woman Prime Minister of India who ruled the nation for a collective period of 15 years, shifted to this house in Delhi after the death of her father, Jawaharlal Nehru. Indira Gandhi lived at her residence till she was assassinated there in 1984. Today, the house is an open museum with all her belongings and other details related to her life events and the changes she brought in India.

Library at Indira Gandhi Museum

The library at the residence of Indira Gandhi
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The interiors of the museum are filled with newspaper cuttings from the time she was elected, to the letters she has exchanged with her children and the ones written to her, along with other exhibits like her diary notes, photographs of hers and the family.

Place where Indira Gandhi was killed

The spot where Indira Gandhi was assassinated
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Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards at her residence, while she was walking through the gardens, on her way to attend an interview. This spot has been still marked and preserved for public view. Her blood stained sari, bad and chappals can be seen in the museum. The spot where she was shot dead is covered with glass.

Belongings of Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi's belongings displayed at the museum
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The museum also holds a pair of shoes, socks and patches of clothes that belong to Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi's son, who was later assassinated in a suicide bomb attack in Chennai.

The visitors can also see her dressing room, dining room and her study. A trip to this museum takes to to her life, her times and her death, all at once. If you're visiting Delhi, this is one place that you should not miss.

Address: Sardarjung Road, New Delhi
Entry: Free Entry
Timings: 9am-5pm on all days except Monday
Estimated visit duration: 1-2 hours

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