Anand Bhavan is the ancestral home of Jawaharlal Nehru, the freedom fighter and the first Prime-Minister of India. The place is also home to Indira Gandhi, the “Iron Lady of India”. The place has today been turned into a fine museum. The importance of this place also increases because of the fact that several momentous decisions and events, related to the freedom struggle took place here. The main building houses a museum that displays the memorabilia of the Nehru family.
Indira Gandhi donated Anand Bhawan to the Indian government in the year 1970 that was later converted into a museum on her behest. This museum is very well kept and worth visiting. This shrine to the Nehru family indicates the high regard in which this famous dynasty is held in India. The exhibits in the house highlight the events that compelled a well-off and prestigious family to get involved in Indian independence. The family has the honor of producing five generations of astute politicians – Moti Lal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajeev Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The most interesting part of the museum is Nehru’s bedroom and study. There is a room specially dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, father of the Indian Nation, where he used to stay during his visits. There is a room dedicated to Indira Gandhi as well that houses many of her belongings. The drawing room also houses some of the belongings of Moti Lal and Jawaharlal Nehru. The study is another interesting section where you can glance through numerous bookshelves that are full of titles dedicated to Marx and Lenin. Out in the lush green garden is an outhouse that houses a picture gallery dedicated to the life and times of Jawaharlal Nehru. Next-door is Swaraj Bhawan, where Moti Lal Nehru lived until 1930 and where Indira Gandhi was born. It houses a museum featuring dimly lit rooms and an audio-visual presentation ‘The Story of Independence’