Natural History Museum
At Barkhamba, Animals, huge dinosaur and huge birds of pre historic ages in FICCI building. The Discovery Room also appreciable.
View the film show from 11-30 to 15-30
Open daily at 10-00 to 17-00
No tickets required
The National Museum is another interesting spot located very close to India Gate. The museum has a rich variety of all facets of ancient Indian history and also of central Asia. In fact the museum takes one through a fascinating journey of what ancient India was all about, pottery, rare coins, and numerous such things including art and architecture, costumes are for all to see. It’s something every tourist should find time to visit even if the schedule is tight.
On the right of Rajpath at Janpath is National Museum or Yadughar. Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone in 1955 and the museum was opened to visitors in 1965. Collections from Mahenjadaro, Harappa, Lothal, Kalibangan and antiques of prehistorical periods are on display. The history dated back to 5000 years are vividly displayed in the museum.
The collections of Indus civilization, Brahminical, Jain and Buddhist sculptural antiques are all there. The colour paintings of Mughal, Rajput, Deccan are praiseworthy. Besides, there are the holy Git Gobinda, the holy Mahabharata, the holy Bhagabat Gita in golden alphabet, Octogonal mini Quran, Babamama in Babar’s handwriting, Jahangir’s diary, musical instruments of more than 300 types, varieties of tribal dresses enriched the museum.
The antique collections of Sir Aurel Stein has added the attraction of the museum. The evolution of ornaments through ages from prehistoric era to recent modern time, its shape, size, design and pattern and of metallic combinations with or without jewel set are all on display in the ornament gallery of the museum. It draws tourists most.
Indira Memorial Museum
Another national museum has been built at 1, Safdarjung Road in memories of Indira Gandhi, on May 27, 1985. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own body guard on 31 Oct, 1984. A glass cage has covered the spot where her body fell down. Before being bullet sprayed in from point blank range, Indira was on her way along the garden road out of her residence.
At that place Czechoslovak Government made a artificial water flow by crystal on steel plate of 33´25 m. The crystal stream on the steel plate is designed and planned by the Czech architect Jaroslav Mirich. 3 rooms are full with articles which were in use by Indira. Photographs of Indira are also there. The blood-stained sari and other dress materials of Indira are chemically preserved in the museum. You may go inside the private chambers to view reading room, dining room, Dewan-i-Aam, Dewan-i-Khas etc.
Timings: 10-00 to 17-00 (Monday Closed)
National Gallery of Modern Art
It is located in the Jaipur House near India Gate. The building was the palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It has around 4,000 paintings of modern artists and also included are graphics and sculptures. The gallery arranges special exhibitions for those who wish to exhibit their works. Rabindranath, Abanindranath, Nanadalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergil and other’s creative works are on display. This gallery has a huge collection of art and literature and journal on art and culture and painting of old and modern schooling. At Chanakyapuri behind Bhutan House, except Monday and national holidays, in the months of April to September daily between 9-30 to 19-00 and Oct-March Open from 10-00 to 17-00. The gallery also houses a library which can be used by museum, which is open from 1000 hours to 1700 hours, is closed on all holidays and observes Monday as its weekly off.
To the south of Rashtrapati Bhawan Tinmurti Rd the house that was built as per plan and design of Robert Tor Russel in 1948 as the residence of the British Commander-in-chief, has been converted as the residence of the Prime Minister of India in 1954. Since then the residence of Jawaharlal Nehru was at Tinmurti.
After his death in 1964, it was converted to Nehru Museum. In his private life, and as a Prime Minister, the prizes he got are on display. The photographs of Nehru is also of an added attraction. A library is also opened. Open from 10-00 to 16-30, except Monday. Open to all. In season, at 11-30, 13-30, 15-30, 16-30 you may view Nehru’s life as a part of Indian freedom struggle in Nehru planetarium or Son-et-Lumiere at Tinmurti. Ticket Rs 10 and Rs 5, 3014673. The rose garden at Tinmurti is beautiful. At Jawaharjyoti Garden, the historical speech on 14-15 August, 1947 has been inscribed in stone there.
Sankar’s International Dolls Museum was founded in 1954. More than 6000 Variety representing almost 85 countries of the world are on display in the museum. Dolls of Japan deserves special mention.
However, 1/3 of total dolls is Indian – Indian cultural and the cultural life style has been projected in the fashions of dolls. The ticket is Re 1. Except Monday open every day from 10-00 to 17-00. Besides, there is B C Roy Children’s Library and children’s play corner. The doll museum is situated at Nehru House close to Income Tax Office at Bahadur Sah Jaffar Marg near Delhi Gate.
Rail Transport Museum
Located in the south of Delhi close to the diplomatic area of Chanakayapuri it traces, through exhibits, the 140 year-old history of the Indian Railways. The museum, established in 1977, and spread over a ten-acre area, is the first of its kind in India. The highlights include the Fairy Queen of 1885 the oldest working steam locomotive, the luxury saloon of the Prince of Whales and the saloon of the Maharaja of Mysore.
Summer – 0830 to 1130 and 1600 to 1730 hours
Winter – 0900 to 1730 hours
It is closed on Mondays
National Rail Museum
It was built as per plan of British architect M G Satto on 1957, 1st Feb, on the carpet area of 10 acres of land. The museum displays 27 locomotives and 17 carriages.
The saloon car of the Maharaja of Baroda (1886), the carriage of the Maharaja of Mysore made of teak covered with ivory; the cabin of the Prince of Wales (1876), the carriage in which the ashes of Gandhiji was carried in 1948; Fairy Queen of 1855 (oldest steam engine in the world); evolution of Indian Rail from steam engine to present era are vividly displayed.
Even, the skull of an elephant who struck a Mail train in 1894, with his head is also projected here in the exhibition. The Toy train is running – you may buy here as a souvenir of your visit. Restaurant and Libraries are also there.
Beautiful Tibetian handicrafts are on displays which were brought with Dalai Lama from Lasa in Tibbet House at 16 Jorhbagh close to Hotel Oberoi. Tibetian handicrafts are on sale. Open from Monday to Friday between 9-30 to 13-00 and 14-00 to 17-00 except Sunday and Saturday.
In the evening, view the film show on Light and Sound at Red Fort in Hindi or English version Son-et-Lumiere or the history from Mughal to Indian Independence.
Collect your ticket and information from ITDC, L Block, Connaught Place, 3320331. Opp to Red Fort is Chandni Chowk, Parliament Street and Connaught Circus – visit on foot. New Delhi is growing gradually day to day. Chanakyapuri is the symbol of latest architectural and sculptural designs. All Foreign Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Enclaves are at Chanakyapuri.