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City Palace of Udaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Udaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
City Palace of Jaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
Bagore Ki Haveli
As the name suggests, this attraction is a haveli based out of Udaipur. It was constructed in the 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar. For those who want to feel the heritage of Rajasthan, first hand, this is the place to be. There is some great folk music and dance that one can enjoy here as an extra benefit. The cultural show is what pulls thousands of visitors to Bagore ki Haveli. Puppet shows and a beautiful display of Indian marriages is also shown here from time to time. Apart from this, there is a rich collection of musical instruments as well as clothes preserved here in the museum that will be a memory to cherish. There are ancient paintings as well as souvenirs from battles of the Rajputs that can be found here.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame arouses the patriotism that every Indian has hidden. It shows the brutal atrocities of the Kargil War, how every soldier survives in those conditions and every aspect that makes you feel proud of being an Indian, or well generates a sense of respect in everyone who comes visit. The Magnetic hiill is just a strech leaves you wondering if its science, magic or just an optical illusion when you car moves ahead all on its own. N with the Sangam as the last stop, once again you end up relishing the sheer beauty of Laddakh. It's here that that the muddy Zankar river and the clear Indus merge and form the Indus river that flows toward Pakistan. It's also a spot for trying river rafting for the adventure seekers.
Albert Hall Museum
When you enter the city of Jaipur, there will be a huge mansion that will catch your attention on the middle of the road. It is actually situated in the heart of Jaipur. The mansion is nothing but what is popularly known as Albert Hall Museum. The various exhibits from the past starting from paintings and sculptures to the preserved things used by the royal families like armours and clothing are something that will take you off your feet and on a time machine ride into the past. This is a must visit for historical buffs and those interested in art.
Victoria Memorial Hall
The Marble Memorial is a popular attraction in the whole world and people who come to Kolkata make sure they visit this place. The beautiful marble marble monument is built in Indo- Saracenic style with a blend of Mughal style opf architecture. This is also a symbol of British victory in India. The foundation was laid down in 1906 by the Prince of Wales and the building was built in the memory of Queen Victoria and also named after her. The memorial houses a beautiful museum which is also one of the most prominent if you want to know about the British Era. The whole complex covers a huge area and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which is also a popular picnic destination. Inside the museum you find photographs of people who had contributed in some way or the other towards the development of the state as well as the country. There are also a number of ancient artworks and weapons inside the museum. The light and sound show in the evenings is nerve wrecking as the sound of the British armies walking past behind you thrills you and the light work is done inside the memorial. It is like a time travel and is a place where people of all ages can enjoy.
Salar Jung Museum
Situated on the south western banks of the Musi River and in the Afzalgunj Region, this is the 3rd largest museum of the country. This is also the largest museum with one man collections. There are 38 galleries with over 500000 exhibits here which were earlier housed in a private museum which was then inaugrated by the Prime Minister Jawaharlak Nehru. The present Museum we see was opened in the year 1968. Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III was the able Prime Minister of the 7th Sultan of Hyderabad and is known to have spent almost all his income and 35 years of his life in collectiong the unique pieces which are still conserved here from all over the world. He was extremely passionate about his hobby and the museum is also named after him. The collections remained in the Deodi Palace even after his death before these were showed to the public. The most prized possessions are the statue of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
This is another of the palaces where the royals used to reside in the past and is today one of the museums where people explore different exhibits. Apart from being a museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the luxurious hotels in the city of Jodhpur. Once you travel around 3 kms from the city towards the southeast area, you will reach the place. Gaj Singh II still lives in one of the parts of the Umaid Bhawan. The palace was built in 1929. The place has about 365 rooms and was designed and created by one of the famous British architects Henry Lanchester. This palace was originally made for Raja Umaid Singh. To successfully build this palace it took about 15 years with around 3000 workers working on it and about an expenditure of 11 million INR. Makrana marble was used in the exteriors of the palace whereas Burmese teak in the inside. The collection of vintage clocks is another attraction to be seen here.
It was in 1734 when the formation of Nahargarh Fort started in the city of Jaipur which continues for over a century till 1868. The fort was made for military purposes on the northern side of the city. It is named after the Maharaja Nahar Singh. Along with the built and architecture of the fort that is worth a watch, there is a restaurant here for those who want to take a food break on their long tour to the place. Do not forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset from here in the evening.
Maharana Pratap Museum
HaldiGhatiAn important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40km from the city of Udaipur. The term Haldighati has been derived from the yellow colored soil of the place that gives a sense of turmeric (in Hindi). It is a significant historical site that has observed the battle of 1576. The battle of Haldighati was a huge combat between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and Raja Man Singh, army commander of mughal emperor Akbar. At a distance of around 4 kms from the battlefield, a cenotaph is built in pure white marble. This cenotaph is dedicated to the gallant horse Chetak as a sign of respect and admiration, who breathed his last at this point after leaving his master to a safe place. At Maharana pratap museum, a documented video and model of battlefields is shown to tourists explaining the complete historical events.Nathdwara TempleLocated 45 Kms from Udaipur, in the backdrop of the Aravali hills and on the banks of the Banas River, Nathdwara is a religious abode for Hindus. Being home to the Shrinathji temple, the second richest temple in India, this place is flocked by thousands of tourists year in and year out. Nathdwara town is also famous as the Apollo of Mewar. In the town of Nathdwara, Shrinathji temple is the centre of attraction, but the town is also famous for its 'pichhwai' paintings, handmade terracottas, ivory articles and milk-made sweets.Jaisamand LakeJaisamand Lake (also known as Dhebar Lake) is India's second-largest artificial lake, located at a distance of 70 kms from udaipur. Jaisamand Lake was the largest artificial lake in Asia, till the time when Aswan Dam of Egypt was not constructed. Dhebar Lake has elegant steps leading to the water and marble cenotaphs on its bank with a small Shiv temple that marks the grace of the lake. you can enjoy boat ride in the calm waters of Jaisamand Lake too. Jaisamand Lake is close to the sanctuary that serves habitat to various types of birds, panthers, leopards, deer, wild boars and crocodiles. Once, these woods used to form the hunting ground of the erstwhile rulers of Mewar. Jaisamand Island Resort is a wonderful secluded resort to spend a night on the island surrounded by jaisamand lake.
Mirza Ghalib Ki Haveli
Mirza Ghalib was a very famous classical Urdu and Persian poet of India. The Mirza Ghalibs Haveli that we can see now is where he had spent the better part of his life. He had named this haveli, Hakimo ki Haveli. It was almost in ruins a decade back and started being used as shops but, the Delhi government restored a part of it in 1999 and made a memorial here. This was inaugurated in the year 2000. The charm of the Chandni Chowk lanes increases with such an important place in here. The museum mostly houses selected pieces of poetries by Ghalib himself. Here you will also find letters penned down by the legend himself, his photographs, etc. The most important photograph is the last one that was clicked just a few days before his death. Another part of the haveli has been restored with great care to give it back its original grandeur.
This is a temple complex just on the banks of the Khajur River. All the temples except the Brahma and the Chausath Yogini temples are built in sandstone or sandstone buff in pink and pale yellow colour. The other temples are built of stone and granite. These are the pride of the Chandella rulers and are an ultimate example of beauty and grandeur. The temples are dedicated to a variety of Hindu gods and goddesess and various forms and the carvings on the walls are mostly based on the theme of love, lust, court life and kings and queens. The temple complex is divided into two parts- the Eastern and the Western temple complex. The major temples here are the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Varaha Temple, Brahma Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple and many more. This temple complex is the prime attraction of Khajuraho and also one of the main reasons people come and visit Maddhya Pradesh.
Jai Vilas Palace Museum
The grand Jai Vilas Mahal was established by the then Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Scindia. The palace has been home to the royal Maratha Scindia family since 1874 and continues to house the descendants of the great founder. It was known that Maharaja Jayajirao was a connoisseur of fine design and furniture, hence the interiors of the palace have been decorated with accessories from all over the world, such as England, Egypt, Japan, China and Italy.
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
The house of diamond merchant, who was also a supporter of the Indian National congress Revashankar Jhaveri is where gandhiji used to put up during his visits to Mumbai. This very house has been turned into the Mani Bhavan Museum. This place is just beside the August Kranti Maidan where the Quit India Movement of 1942 was launched. In this house museum you will find paintings, framed letters and documents that serve a look into the past. There are also 3D tableux of the events of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The famous spinning wheel (Charkha) and the Charpoy is also present inside the museum. The books you will see here includes a lot of Tolstoys and Shakespeare which were read by the Father of the Nation. Well preserved copies of Mahatma's favorite 'Les Miserables' are also kept in the museum.
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
A museum where you find all details and information not only about Meghalaya but all the Sister States which include Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim and Nagaland and Manipur. This is a museum for indigeneous exhibits which are directly related to everything about the culture and lifestyles of North- East India. This includes galleries of costumes, food, occuopation, musical instruments and art and crafts. Here you also get to know all about the tribes now and then of this whole region. All this have made this a prime attraction for tourists.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Located in the largest city of Punjab, Ludhiana, this is a war museum named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maharaja is known as the "Lion of Punjab" and this museum was opened to the public in the year 1999. The museum has a simple design and is circled by a pretty garden with colorful flowering plants. The war museum is mainly dedicated to all those bravehearts who have laid their lives in the various battles fought so far. The items displayed in the museum also make all citizens and visitors aware of the importance of defense in everyones' lives. there are displays of tanks, canons and other weapons along with the model of the INS Vikrant. The sense of nationality is wonderful that each visitor feels over here. The light and sound show which is held here regularly is an attraction as well. In this show you get to know about the Independence Movement in which Punjab took part whole- heartedly.
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya - National Museum of Mankind
Spread over 20 acres, this is a museum that is known for its display that depicts the life of tribal cultures and tribal villages in India. The museum has actual replicas of such dwellings on display. An undertaking by the Government of India and the Ministry of Culture, this unique museum tells the story of the evolution of humans through time and space. One can have a peek at the painted rock shelters from the pre-historic ages and an open air exhibition houses models of coastal and desert villages, a replica of a Himalayan village and mythical trails. One can also pay a visit to the technology park.
As they say, music can thrill every individual and is a part of every heart, this place with your partner can definitely soothen your relationship. Listening to some Indian classical performances like the great Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma with Ustad Zakir Hussain in a sensational jugalbandi can be an option for spending some quality time with your partner too.How to reach: The Centre can be reached by public transport i.e. train, bus, taxi or private vehicles. It is situated on Dr. E. Moses Road between Mahalaxmi Railway Station on the South and Worli Naka on the North at a distance of about 1 km from either end.Timings: Check out their website for details about the next event happening here.12. Adlabs Imagica and Aquamagica
Archaeological Museum Khajuraho
A decision in the year 1905 was taken by the then government of India to display and preserves the precious artifacts and items found at the excavations at Sarnath. This led to the birth of a site museum at Sarnath that is considered to be the oldest in the fold of the Archeological Survey of India. The brain child of the Director General of Archeology at that period, Sir John Marshall and executed by James Ransome who was the Consulting Architect, the Archeological Museum was inaugurated in 1910 and houses five large galleries and two verandahs that display the items. The museum also has a coffee shop for one to grab a quick bite. Wheelchairs and ramps are provided to help the specially-able people navigate through the museum.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal is more of a cultural centre that organizes theatre shows and performances from time to time. The puppet show is the most famous here that a lot of visitors crave to see. The show takes place every half an hour so it is quite a difficult thing to miss. Rajasthani dances is another of the activity that you can check out at this Mandal. The museum here is full of different types of puppets. There is a craft collection exhibited on the racks as well for those who have an interest in history and culture. The entry fee is minimal and therefore affordable.
Our next visit was to the Science Centre on Corbyn's Cove Road. It was more of a student affair, but worth visiting. For a while, we felt as if we were some school students, curiously looking, reading and knowing about each exhibit. But, there were some interesting facts about these islands, its history and its anthropology that we learnt through the displays, especially, about the Jharawa Tribe. About the total number of islands in this archipelago, how many were inhabited and how many were still Virgin Islands, far away from human settlement.
Agumbe Rainforest Research Station
But I went in prepared. Over-prepared even. My ruck-sack weighed close to 25 kilos (55 lbs) for a 4 -day foray into the enchanting forest surrounding Agumbe, a quaint little one-road town nestled in a valley of the Shimoga district. Everything was perfect until I reached the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. A cop I met on the way was good enough to offer me a ride to the station and enroute, told me all about the naxal violence in the area while simultaneously assuring me that camping within the woods was safe for me on account of being a civilian( the discrimination!) I was quite relieved to be honest, after all he was a cop.Later, the good folks at the Research Station told me a story about an incident that had happened in the woods not more than a month before that date. Long story short, an inspector in charge of a police patrol combing the forest for naxals decided to take a dip in this creek he found and sent his boys to circle around. On returning, the patrol spotted movement near the edge of the creek which spooked a few boys who promptly fired off in the general direction of the movement out of sheer nerves, killing poor inspector saab in the process.Uh-oh.So, I was advised to stick to tourist spots and the temples by the good people of the ARRS. Since evidently, the training or the lack thereof and almost god-like levels of immunity make the cops a much bigger threat than the naxals. Now this was all rather disappointing. I mean, I had after all come all this way, and now silly things like death were posing a problem.In light of all this, I decided to do what any rational person would do in a similar situation: First, I drank. A lot. Next, I bid farewell to the nice people of ARRS and then walked straight into the damn forest. fuck it. If all went well I thought, I’d be shooting cops by nightfall. I didn’t have a great camera but i did manage to take pictures of a few random things (I stopped using the camera by dusk to avoid detection by flash) which I will upload as soon as I can find the damn thing’s usb cable grrr.Anyway, I found this clearing in the forest at around 2100 and pitched my tent in the moon shade of a giant Banyan tree. By 2230 I was fed and intoxicated. It was perfect. There is a certain joy in being completely alone while being constantly reminded, subtly so, of the fallacy of the notion. The forest, it forces you to embrace the otherwise. There is a toxic level of uncertainty and certainty that exist simultaneously and even battle each other for your reasoning. The trick is to fear and prepare against the certain as best you can and let uncertainty dwell on its own.IMG-20130403-WA0005I spent the night listening to the forest, I was eavesdropping. A few times, I could hear what I thought was a Gaur quite close to my tent. Maybe he wanted to investigate my intrusion, I’ll never know. But what I know for a fact is that I was under constant observation the whole time. It’s an eerie feeling, being watched. And as they watched, I listened.There is something peculiar about this exchange that surpasses simple sensory function, it’s an adaption, a mini-evolution if you will. And if you allow yourself to partake in this seemingly mundane activity, over time you will start to feel like a part of the forest itself. You can almost FEEL the life around you get agitated as you enter its domain and then relax with time’s passing. But only if you’re earnest. There are unwritten rules which reveal themselves to you, like layers. After all, the energy which is inside you that you may call your soul, your sub-conscience has been around since the start of it all (think law of conservation of energy) and has experienced this before and now, your soul is nostalgic. And if you’re lucky, your soul will take you home. To your real home, wherever that may be.
Prince of Wales Museum
Also known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj Vastu Sangrahanalaya, this museum was named after Prince George V when he visited India in 1905. The foundation stone was laid down by the prince himself however the inaugration was done in 1923 by Lady Lloyd, the wife of the then governor George Lloyd. The museum is built in Indo- Saracenic style with blue and yellow stones and has a very simple design. As you enter the museum you will find a large central hall from where leads staircases on two sides that takes you to the galleries branching out on both sides in the next two floors. There are a variety of art exhibits housed in here. These include Indian mixed art forms and decorative art pieces. You will also see Nepalese and Tibetian art forms besides European paintings and garments and armory displays. The artworks of the Pahari School of Art and Deccan School of Art are also very beautiful.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
A hero in the New delhi part of the capital city, this museum is run according to the theme of World sanitation and cleanliness by the Sulabh Organizations. The exhibits housed here are brought down from more than 50 different nations. The Time Magazine has rated this one among the top 10 weirdest museums present in the whole world. The museum was established in 1992 and has three clear sections based on the Ancient, Medieval and Modern Eras. The collections date from 3000 BC till the end of the 20th century. The museum is a symbol of the sanitation evolution in the whole world. The museum was actually a result of a revolution against the ignorance towards the sanitation problems in the whole world, especially India. The most interesting exhibits are the commode that is presented in the form of a treasure chest, the toilet set that is supposed to have been used by King Louis while holding court and the commode that has been camouflaged in the form of a book shelf.
The Dagshai Jail Museum
Our first halt was at the Dagshai Jail Museum where the Irish Catholic soldiers of 1st battalion of Connaught Rangers who mutinied against the british in 1920 were brought to be executed. Mahatma Gandhi also voluntarily spent a night in jail to provide moral support and show solidarity to the Irish cause. Nathuram Godse is also rumoured to have spent time there in 1949. Those 45 minutes were full of knowledge,fun and experience.
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
Built in the Italian style in the year 1875, this is one of the oldest museums of the world and also the largest of the country. This was built by the asiatic Society and was opened to the public in the present location in the year 1878. There are three floors of the museum with over 60 galleries and also a library and a publication unit. This is a round building with a fountain seating arrnagement in the middle. The museum halls are divided under six main sectors- Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Industry and Zoology.
This is cluster of buildings in Lucknow which were built by and during the time of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, the ruler of Lucknow during 1800 AD. These were buildings erected to serve as the residences of the British Officials of the East India Company who were posted over here. This is also an important site of the freedom fight of India. Once there was a dangerous seige and a firing which claimed innumerable number of lives and witnessed the revengeful victory of the British generals. Later during a canon fire, this cluster of old buildings got destroyed majorly and still remain that way in spite of being a Heritage Site.
A lovely museum, this works with the aim of conserving the tribal culture and heritage of the islands. Also, they have different sections for different types and the most attractive is that of the Jarawas. The simple décor of the place might not seem to be very attractive but the way they work shows how passionate they are about their place and do love their heritage.
Kalimpong Science Centre
During the winters, tourist footfall is the least as compared to any other month in the year and this makes January the best time to visit Kalimpong. Monasteries in and around Kalimpong are open to visitors. The Zong Dhog Monastery is a must visit for Buddhist enthusiasts. The sky is clear and gives a good view of Kanchenjunga peak covered in snow at this particular time.The nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri and is connected to New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. Kalimpong is 79 km away from Siliguri; hire a taxi, which will take 2 hours (approx) to cover this distance.