Shankar's International Dolls Museum
Ever wish you could be kid again? Do you miss those simple and whimsical times? Nowadays it’s go go go rush rush rush—traffic brawls, pick up the kids, cook dinner, do laundry, pay bills blah blah blah and it never ends. Stress takes a toll.Once in a while, you must embrace and love your inner child to maintain your sanity. Isn't it? To soak yourself in long forgotten childhood days; visit this museum in Delhi, housing dolls from countries around the world.It was a beautiful (holidays are beautiful because I'm simply so appreciative of the time I get to spend with family!) Sunday morning and while sipping a morning cuppa tea, we (me, hubby and our 8 year old girl) were planning to visit World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan. We wanted to reach as soon as it opens (11 a.m) to dodge the expected huge rush. Being book enthusiasts (me and mini-me); we wanted to immerse completely in the joy of book hoarding without any hassle or chaos. We left home early (okay, too early) taking into account predicted traffic conditions and Capital chaos and reached much before time (9:45) as usual ( we are always on time; mostly before time no matter what's on our plate and don't know if it's good or bad ).Now what? The question was how to invest time rather than killing it? We googled nearby places and discovered this gem of a place just 5 minutes away from Pragati Maidan. I mean, simply a thought of exploring an entire museum just devoted to dolls was exhilarating especially for my daughter. My daughter chuckled while she quoted Dr. Suess, “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!” And we were off to a great place!
This is one of the most important memorials on the banlks of the Yamuna River flowing in the capital city. not only is it a symbol of the capital city but a national heritage and a place of importance in the political history of India. The main attraction here is the black marble stone block which is placed just over the place where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in the year 1948. This block is surrounded by a park which is lined with a number of memorable trees with labels such as the ones planted by Queen Elizabeth, ho Chi Minh of china and other such eminent personalities from the whole world. There are two museums dedicated to Gandhiji just nearby.