Indira Gandhi Museum
It is impossible to imagine India without this amazing woman, Indira Gandhi is a famous politician who managed to turn a backward country into a jewel of the East.
Most of the Indian population associates a modern, prosperous India with this woman. Unfortunately, she died in an accident, but she still remains in the memory of many Indians. The memories are largely sustained by the museum opened in her honor.
A tour of the house-museum will be enjoyed only by adult tourists who know at least a little bit of Indian history. Young people are unlikely to appreciate the contribution Indira made to the country. The tour lasts about two hours. It will cost 250 rubles if translated into our money. Travel through the museum can only be on foot. For the study are available in several rooms and the garden, where she loved to walk Indira. You can also see the place of the woman’s death during the tour. The tour bus makes no stops during the round trip, unless they are scheduled to visit other attractions.
A little history of Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi was born in 1917 in the family of the future Prime Minister of India. Ever since childhood, the girl wanted to help people, wanted to achieve the independence of the Indian state. In many respects her wishes coincided with her father’s. Unfortunately, he died in 1964. Her death did not break her; after this tragedy, she went to Parliament, where she ran for the Indian National Congress Party. And after two years, Indira gets the post of Prime Minister. In this position she will stay exactly 11 years.
During the time of Indira Gandhi’s work, industry began to actively develop, as well as some traditional types of economy. In 1977 she lost during the elections, becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs for seven years. It was not until 1984 that Gandhi regained her position as prime minister, but she only served for ten months. It was a difficult year for the country as the Sikh-Indian conflict escalated. More than 500 people were killed during the hostilities.
In 1984 Indira Gandhi was shot by her own guards. As it was revealed later, they were all Sikhs who had promised during the conflict to take revenge on the woman for intervening. Twenty bullets were found in Indira’s body. The woman’s death caused a storm of indignation: Indians went mad with rage, they killed Sikhs, sparing neither women nor children. According to the documented data, more than 30 thousand people died that day.
After Gandhi’s death, her son took over as prime minister. However, a tragic fate awaited him. In 1991, he was killed by a terrorist.
Gandhi’s museum is located in the woman’s former residence. Rajiv Gandhi decided that this particular place would be the memorial. Despite its small size, it accommodates a lot of Indira’s personal belongings, which will tell about the difficult fate of the former prime minister. A large part of the exhibit is represented by photographs depicting Gandhi. You can also see children’s photographs, which depict a smiling, carefree girl.
Most things have not been touched since the politician’s death. All the rooms of the residence are open to visitors, except for the bedroom, the study and the library. You can see the interior furnishings only from the window or through the open doors. In addition to the furniture, one can see Indira’s luxurious dress collection. In addition to it, the clothes the woman wore on the day she died are kept here. There are still drops of blood and gunshot residue on them.
In addition to the house you can visit the picturesque garden. Here you can sit on a bench or just take a leisurely walk, thinking about something. This is the garden where Indira Gandhi was murdered. At her son’s insistence, a transparent plate was placed in the very spot, representing his mother as a person with a crystal clear soul.
Visiting the museum does not carry any positive emotions, but rather creates a burdensome feeling, because an entire family was murdered here, wanting to help the whole country. For ordinary tourists this is the most ordinary place, but Indians worship the museum, because the fairest woman in India lived here.
You can not take anything with you except your camera, since the tour lasts only a couple of hours. You can hardly get hungry and you will not get thirsty. Few people are photographed against the background of the monument, mostly capture the inside of the museum. Many tourists come here with a bouquet of flowers to lay it at the monument. If you forgot to take flowers, you can buy them nearby.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum (Delhi, India)
Why go. The villa where the Lady Prime Minister of India lived for a long time has been turned into a memorial museum after her death. I expected to learn a lot while touring the building, but I didn’t expect to have such a memorable experience.
One of the rooms of the memorial museum How to get there. The Indira Gandhi Museum is about 6 kilometers south of Central Station. The most convenient way to reach it is by metro. It takes 10 minutes to go from New Delhi station to Lok Kalyan Marg station, and from there it takes about 5 minutes to walk to the museum.
There are many bus lines in the area of the museum. Routes 433, 460, 610, 780, 781, etc. are suitable for travel.
Taking a cab or tuk-tuk to the museum from the center is not as comfortable as taking the subway because of the traffic. Renting a car in Delhi is a sophisticated way to commit suicide.
How to get in. The museum is open to the public any day except Monday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. It takes about 1 hour to see it, which means you have to arrive well in advance. The best time to visit is during the daytime to wait out the heat of Delhi in comfort. Entrance is free. The belongings of those who come are searched, drinks are confiscated.
What to do. Get a closer look at the life of one of India’s most prominent political figures. The house where the museum is set up used to be the residence of the prime minister. She spent many years there, and was assassinated on its grounds. The exposition is arranged so that the visitors gradually unfolds a picture of Indira Gandhi’s life, from birth to death.
Portraits of members of Indira Gandhi’s family I followed with great interest how the unsteady girl gradually rose to her feet, gained self-confidence and assumed the highest office in the Indian Republic. The photo of a very young Indira at Mahatma Gandhi’s bedside, terribly thin but smiling, caught my attention. The picture was taken in 1924, when the future head of state was 7 years old. That’s how meetings like that shaped the girl’s character. By the way, I was surprised to find out at the museum that Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi were not related at all, as I’d previously thought.
The Prime Minister’s office and living quarters look very interesting. Usually you can tell by the everyday environment the personality of the person who lives in it every day. In this case, I noted a large number of books, including fiction. Among other publications were Russian ones translated into English. It did not seem that Indira Gandhi was interested in the psychology of Dostoevsky, which was so well loved in the West, she was more interested in Sholokhov’s prose. Another nuance is that the rooms are modestly decorated in the European manner. Similar rooms can be found anywhere in the world. I thought I would see Indian decorations, figurines, characteristic furniture, etc.
Indira Gandhi’s Clothes After touring the main part of the museum, I made my way to the villa’s well-kept courtyard for a nice time. Unfortunately, my good mood was blown away like the wind after I saw the weather-sheltered walkway. It was where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh guards on October 31, 1984. I had never been to a crime scene before, but there is a first time for everything. My first time was oppressive. It was very hard to realize that such a prominent person had died suddenly, at the hands of his own bodyguards, who had sneakily shot the victim in the back. The terrible aura of the place quickly made a greater impression on me than all the previous exposition of the museum. The site of the death of the Prime Minister of India Food. You can’t eat or drink on the museum grounds. The closest cafes are a block to the southwest.
What is good and what is bad. The museum is interesting, but a tour of it left me with too heavy a memory.