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.
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.
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!
National Gallery of Modern Art
This is the most important museum of the city and also one of the best within the country. If you want to enjoy the best contemporary art, this is no doubt the best you can get. The building that has been transformed into the lovely museum was once the residence of famous kings of Jaipur. The grandeur is still maintained till a certain extent. The maintenance part is worth mentioning and the collection is the best you can find anywhere. Art pieces housed here have a large range of variety. There are pieces that are almost 2 centuries old. There are also art works by English painters and National ones too. The location of the museum is just adjacent to the India Gate, thus making it almost a part of another attraction of National importance. The gardens circling the museums form an ideal place for summer afternoons.
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.
Jantar Mantar is a renowned name and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.