Visit to Raj Ghat and Gandhi Smriti for Class 8
29th November, 2016

On the 29th of November, Vasant Valley School's Class 8 visited Rajghat, which is situated near the banks of the river Yamuna, and Gandhi Smriti (formerly known as Birla House). It was a truly amazing trip, during which we learnt a lot about Gandhiji, as well as the Indian Freedom Struggle.
It was a long bus ride from school to Rajghat, but that did not dampen our spirits. When we reached Rajghat we were greeted by extensive gardens and amazing infrastructure. We took a downhill path to the entrance. We walked past the place where Gandhiji was cremated, and offered our respects. Everyone was silent as they paid tribute to the Father of Our Nation.
After this, we went to the Gandhi museum, located on the Rajghat grounds, which showed us a lot about Gandhiji's early life and his work in South Africa, as well as the role he played in the Indian Freedom Struggle. To give the museum a more unique feel, several items which had been used by Gandhiji, like a bench he sat on during a public address, were displayed.
Next we reached Gandhi Smriti the perfect place to pay homage to Gandhiji. While walking to the Samadhi we could see a representation of the steps that Gandhiji took down that path on the tragic day of his assassination – January 30, 1948.
We payed our final respects to him as we passed by the Samadhi, where Gandhiji's last words were engraved… "Hai Ram". We were taken into the house where Gandhiji lived his last 144 days. The architecture there transported all of us back to 1948. We saw objects of historical significance in the museum, and the Birla house itself gave us an insight into Gandhiji's life, which was as educational as the many historical artefacts.
After a brilliant movie about Gandhiji's final hours, and some inspiring quotes of his, we went to the second floor of the Birla House. Here, scattered in bits and pieces were Gandhiji's messages to us, and advice about our lives. Unity, honesty and non-violence were what Gandhiji stood for.
At the end of the day, we found this visit to be both educative and inspiring. Of course we learnt a lot intellectually, but we also improved our understanding of Gandhiji's vision of India, and were enlightened by what we had learnt. It reinforced the feeling of being Indian more strongly in our hearts, and we believe that this trip was a huge success.

-Kartik Vaish and Rishnav Thadani, 8

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