Gandhi Smriti – where Mahatma Gandhi gasped his last breath on 30th January 1948

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Location : New Delhi , India

Destination Type: Historical

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948 in the compound of Birla House (now Gandhi Smriti) . Birla House was formerly the house of noted industrialist Ghanshyam Das Birla. The home where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days is now a museum  attracting visitors from around the world

History of  Gandhi Smriti

  1. The 12-bedroom Birla house was built in 1928 by Ghanshyamdas Birla
  2. On 30 th January 1945, after 5pm, Mahatma Gandhi was going to attend the daily multi faith prayer meeting when he was assassinated
  3. From that time onward it became a site frequented by Gandhians and Gandhi admirers
  4. The Martyr’s Column  in the compound marks the place where Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation” was assassinated
  5. Birla House opened for the public on 15 August 1973, renamed the Gandhi Smriti 

Activities for visitors at Gandhi Smriti

  1. Visit Gandhi Smriti which will be open for visitorsfrom 10 am to 5: 00pm except Mondays. The entry is free for all
  2. Visit Gandhi Samadhi nearby where his mortal remains were cremated
  3. Watch personal documents, photographs, journals, books, relics, manuscripts and audio-visual material related to Mahatma Gandhi’s life and philosophy at Gandhi Smriti
  4. Shop from  shop of khadi and village industry products as a tribute to the great soul
  5. Attend the shows based on Mahatma Gandhi’s life

How to reach there


Delhi International Airport is the nearest airport 12 kms away. It is connected to major cities in India like Mumbai, Kolkotta, Chennai, Bengaluru, Thiruvananathapuram, Kochi, Chandigarh, Jaipur etc through domestic flights. It is connected to international destinations like London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Sharjah, Rome, Tokyo , Kuala Lumpur etc


The railway network connects Delhi to the all major and, nearly, all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Agra ( 213 kms away)
  2. Mathura ( 163 kms away)
  3. Vrindavan (1162 kms away)
  4. Alwar ( 154 kms away)
  5. Surajkund ( 23 kms away)

Some hotels in New Delhi with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night


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Photo courtesy:By Wilson Loo Kok Wee – Flickr: Delhi, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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