Along the banks of Jamuna are located the places were the leaders and freedom fighters of India were cremated. The Raj Ghat is one of the most visited ghats. A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. To North of Raj Ghat is the cremation ground of Jawaharlal Nehru named as Shanti Van. The cremation ground of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are also in the vicinity. The cremation ground of Lal Bahadur Shastri is nearby.
Raj Ghat: Mahatma Gandhi was cremated here in 1948. The sprawling site on the banks of the Yamuna is marked by a brick platform flanked by an eternal flame, surrounded by lush green lawns and imposing boundary walls of concrete.The Raj Ghat area is now a beautiful park, complete with labelled trees planted by a mixed bag of notables including Queen Elizabeth II , Gough Whitlam, Dwight Eisenhower and Ho Chi Minh.
Santi Vana: India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated here in 1964. Adjacent to Raj Ghat, it is flanked by lawns and multi-variegated foliage.
Vijay Ghat: Nehru’s successor, Lal Bahadur Shastri, was cremated here.
Shakti Sthal: The daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs Indira Gandhi, and his grandson Sanjay Gandhi were cremated here.
Vir Bhumi: Rajiv Gandhi, elder son of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who was prime minister after his mother’s assassination, was cremated here.