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Delhi

 
Delhi, capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's fastest growing cities. It has sprawled over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city has two distinct parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi. Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The remains of seven distinctive capital cities - among them Shahjahanabad and Qutub Minar - can be seen. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the finest exhibitions.

Delhi- the commercial hub has many tourist attractions to offer. Visit vibrant shopping complex of Connaught Place, Delhi Haat for handicraft goods and delicious food bonanza. Pay a visit to Red Fort and Qutub Minar to view the excellence of Mughal architecture.
 
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Lotus Temple in DelhiA blend of historic past and vibrant present, Delhi the capital city of India typifies the soul of the country. Legend has it, Inderprastha as was known earlier, founded by the Pandavas around 1200 BC. Several times mighty empires arose and fell here. Today, the city is curious blend of the modern and traditional sky scrappers, beautiful gardens, wide tree lined avenues perpetuate the Mughul passion of landscaping and architectural excellence. There are open air cafes, Yoga Ashrams, sophisticated hotels. An walled city build by the Mughuls. Glittering shops, roadside wanderers and a world of culture and tradition to be explored.

Area: 1483 sq. kms.
Altitude:239 mts
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.45, Min.27; Winter- Max.25.5, Min.4.
Languages Spoken : Hindi, English, Urdu and Punjabi.
Best Season : September to March
STD code: 011

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION

Air:
Delhi is well connected with major cities in India and world.

Rail:
Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern Railway and is well connected with all of the major places in India.

Road:
Delhi is at the intersection of several national highways and is well connected by regular bus services from Inter State bus terminal (ISBT), Kashmiri Gate (2968709), Anand vihar (2149089), and Sarai Kale Khan (4698343). Some of the important road distances are Agra-203 kms, , Almora-373 kms, Amritsar -447 kms, Bharatpur-190 kms, Calcutta-1490 kms, Chandigarh -238 kms, Jaipur-258 kms, Khajuraho-596 kms, Kullu-502 kms, Lucknow 514 kms, Mathura-147 kms, Mumbai Mussoorie-269 kms, Nainital-318 kms, Shimla -343 kms, Shrinagar-376 kms, Udaipur-663 kms, Varanasi-738 kms etc.

Purana Quila (Old Fort)
Kabuli or Khuni Darwaja
Feroz Shah Kotla
Kutub Minar
Tughlaqabad
Nizamuddin Aulia
Humayun's Tomb
Lodi's Tomb
Safdarjung's Tomb
Jama Masjid
Jantar Mantar
Red Fort
India Gate
The Secretariat Complex
Rashtrapati Bhavan & Mughal Gardens
Parliament House
Teen Murti House and Connaught Place
The Supreme Court
Raj Ghat
Shanti Vana
Vijay Ghat
Ladakh Buddha Vihara
Vigyan Bhavan
Diplomatic Enclave
National Museum
National Rail Museum
Dilli Haat
Akshardham Temple

Festivals In Delhi

Delhi being the capital city has the most diverse population and enjoys a large variety of religious celebrations with traditional music, dance and colorful costumes. Apart from the religious festivals several other colorful occassions also bring together the top perfomers from the field of music, dance, drama and art. With the break of the new year in the month of January, the festivity in Delhi starts and gathers momentum through the year.

Lohri (January) :
In this festival, the climax of winter is celebrated with bonfires and singing. Traditionally, Lohri marks the end of winter.

Makar Sakranti (January):
A major harvest festival of India. It is one of the biggest events in the states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. But fights and bullock race is an important feature of the celebrations. Also celebrated in the eastern region when millions of piligrims take a holy dip in the Ganges.

Kite-Flying Festival (January):
Held on Makar Sankranti day on the green lawns above Palika Bazaar, Connaught Place, this colourful extravaganza attracts national as well as international participants.

Republic Day (January):
The national festival in India observed through out the country to make the inauguration of the Republic of India on 26th January 1950. In Delhi, the celebrations include a magnificent parade of the armed Forces, folk dances and floats from all the different states of India.

Basant Panchami (February):
The biting winter winds continuing till the end of January-early February, when the Hindu festival of Basant Panchami welcomes the spring. This is also the chosen day to worship goddess of learning, Saraswati. Many schools & Bengali communities celebrate this day.

This is the season when the prestigious Mughal gardens behind Rashtrapati Bhavan are opened to public for a month.

Thyagaraja Festival (February):
An enthusiastic display of south Indian music and dance, opposite Jawaharlal Nehru University in Vaikunthnath temple.

Holi (March) -
A festival of colours celebrated with much fervour in delhi, with colours, sweets & lots of harmless fun.

Maha Shivratri (March):
Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the 'Amavasya' (no moon) night of 'Phalguna'. It is said Lord Shiva danced the 'Tandava Nritya', which means cosmic dance on this dark night. He is worshipped at temples with all night vigils and prayers and unmarried women keep day-long fasts so that Shiva may grant them good husbands.

Amir Khusrau's Anniversary (April):
Amir Khusrau's Anniversary is celebrated in April, with a fair in Nizamuddin and prayers and 'qawwali' singing. The event also sees the National Drama Festival, staged mostly at the Rabindra Bhawan.

Baisakhi (13th April):
In north India, the Hindu New Year is celebrated on Baisakhi in mid-April just as the sun begins to get fierce and the dusty winds herald summer. It is also known as the beginning of the harvest season.

Easter and Good Friday (April) -
Mostly celebrated by Christians in particular but even other people in general.

Buddha Jayanti (May):
The first full moon night in May marks the birth of the Lord Buddha. Prayer meetings are held at Buddha Vihar, Ring Road and Buddha Vihar, Mandir Marg. Buddha Purnima is the month of 'Vaisakha', commemorates not just Lord Buddha's birth, but also his 'Enlightenment' and gaining 'Nirvana'.

Mahavir Jayanti (May):
The birth of Lord Mahavira, who founded Jainism, is celebrated around this time of the year with prayers and processions.

International Mango Festival (July):
A particular event, with over five hundred types of mango on show, usually held in Talkatora Stadium. Tourists can enjoy free tasting and a cultural programme to sample.

Independence Day (August):
Like 26 January, 15th August is also celebrated in the city as the Independence Day to mark the Indian independence from the British rule in the year 1947. The Prime minister of the nation addresses the nation from the Red Fort and many people gather around the Red Fort to hear the Prime Minister's address.

Teej (August):
A monsoon Festival celebrated by north Indians. Mainly a fun and frolic time for women to wear loads of glass bangle, fine clothes, and henna on their hand. They put up swings in the garden,

Raksha Bandhan (August):
Symbolising the bond of love and protection. Also know as Rakhi, when sisters & daughters tie a band of love on the wrists of their brothers & fathers praying for their safety, health and well being. And in turn the brothers give gifts & a promise to protect their sisters. Popularised by.

Janam Ashtami (August):
A hindu festival. The birth celebration of Lord Krishna. Children everywhere make little replicas of the story of lords krishna's birth with toys.

Ganesh Chaturthi (August):
Celebrated by the Maharashtrians but not up to the level as in Mumbai. Idols of Ganesha are worshiped in a 10 day long festival.

Phoolwalon-ki-Sair (October):
In early October, a festival specific to Mehrauli, in Delhi, takes place. This is the Phulwalon-ki-Sair or the Flower Sellers Procession, which originated in the 16th century. The highlight is a procession of people carrying decorated floral fans, which are blessed at the shrine of the 13th century Sufi saint, Khwaja Utb-ud-din Bakhtyar Kaki and at the Hindu temple of Jogmaya, both in Mehrauli. The procession ends with a formal ceremony at the Jahaz Mahal, a 16th century pleasure resort by the side of a lake.

Qutub Festival (October):
Delhi Tourism organises the popular Qutub Festival in October. Musicians and dancers perform at night by the city's 12th century landmark, the Qutub Minar. This festival gives tourists a glimpse of the cultural grandeur of India.

Durga Puja (Oct - Nov) -
Durga Puja mainly celebrated by Bengalis and other east Indians, commemorates the homecoming of Goddess Durga to her maternal home, along with her four children, Lakshmi - goddess of wealth, Saraswati - goddess of learning, Lord Ganesh & lord Kartikeya. Worhipped both as a mother and 'Mahishasur Mardini' Slayer of the demon 'Mahishasure. The five day long celebration culminates at Dusshera.

Dussehra (Oct - Nov) -
Related to the mythology of Ramayana, this day is celebrated as the day when Rama killed Ravana after the battle in Lanka. For nine days, during the navratras various theatre groups perform the story of Rama throughout Delhi. on the final 10th day Huge effigies of Ravan, his brother Kumbhkarn and his son Meghnad are erected, and stuffed with fire crackers.

Kali Puja (November) -
Celebrated mostly by the Bengali community. The Kalika form of Goddess Durga is worshipped in the community setting. Sometimes kali puja coincides with Diwali.

Deepawali (November) -
Diwali is the celebration of Rama returning home to Ayodhya after slaying Ravan & rescuing his wife Sita. The day is celebrated with houses & streets decorated with lights, lamps, candles on the night of no moon. The weeks of preparation, buying new clothes, & gifts, and making sweets culminates on this. In the evening the entire city decks up like wearing jewellery of lights & people burst firecrackers the entire night. Ganesh & Lakshmi are worshipped.

The Bengali community celebrates 'Kojagari Lakshmi Puja' or the sleepless night. They believe that Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth come to the homes of the lucky few on this day. Being a dark night it's essential to show lights to her & keep up all night to welcome her. Little feet are drawn, with rice paste, from the gates of the houses to her place in the house to guide her way.

Bhaiya Duj / Bhai tika / Bhai Phota (November) -
Another festival celebrated by the sisters for their brothers. This time the sisters put a little dot of sandalwood as a symbol of protection from dangers, on the forehead of their brothers. And then exchange gifts & sweets.

Guru Purab (November - December):
Guru Purab is the celebration of the birth of first of the ten Sikh gurus, Guru Nanak. 'Nagar Kirtans' are taken out through the streets and in the Gurdwaras, 'Granthees' recite verses from the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs.

Christmas (25th December):
On 25th of December the capital witnesses special Christian Eve entertainment's at its all-major hotels and restaurants and the midnight mass and services at all churches.

New Year's Eve (31st December):
The culmination of the Indian festive spirit is celebrated on the 31st of December, with most hotels and restaurants offering special food and entertainment.

Id-ul-Fitr --
Id-ul-Fitr means the 'festival of breaking the fast'. The fast of Ramadan is broken with special prayers and festivities. 'Fitr' is derived from the word 'fatar' meaning 'breaking'. Another connotation suggests that it is derived from fitrah or 'alms'. Certain Sunni Muslims believe that fitr comes from fitrat meaning 'nature' and Id-ul-Fitr is the celebration of god's magnanimity in providing nature to man. Celebrated on the first day of the new moon, it marks the end of Ramadan.

The 30-day fast is broken on Id-ul-Fitr with sumptuous feasts which people embrace each other three times, as is laid down in the Quran. The festival originated when after proclaiming Ramadan as the period of fasting and austerity, Prophet Muhammad announced a day for celebrations to reaffirm the feeling of Id-ul-Fitr brotherhood. Women prepare sweets at home. Vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk, is popular. People then go for Id get together and socializing. Some people visit cemeteries and stay there for many hours, often even camping out overnight. This is perhaps to honor their ancestors and to be with their spirits. To a devout Muslim, Id is a time to forget all past grievances.

Id-ul-Zuha --
It is one of the grandest Muslim festivals, and is also known as Bakrid. It fails on the 10th day of the Muslim month Zil-Hijja. The sacrifice of a ram or goat also symbolizes that man's position in the creation is far higher than any beast, and any sacrifice, however great, is a small thing for the sake of religion and Allah. The sacrificial ram or goat is reared with great care and is kept quite healthy and fat and the man who does the sacrifice must be a man of a character and deeply religious.

On Bakrid, the Muslims go to the mosques in the morning to offer prayers to Allah. And then sacrifice the animal at home. The cooked meat is partaken by the friends and relations. The poor, needy and sick are given money, clothes, etc., in charity on this day. Children also get money to spend, and gifts from their elders. People embrace one another out of sheer joy and greet each other Hindus also participate in it and offer their good wishes to their Muslim friends and well wishers.

Milad-ul-nabi --
Milad-ul-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, is celebrated with traditional pomp and religious fervour by Muslims.


Fairs In Delhi

The International Trade Fair -
The International Trade Fair starts on the 14th day of November every year. This trade fair is held at the Pragati Maidan. This fair is a major event for the Business community. Corporate houses from all over the world come in this fair and business deals are finalised in a big way. This fair is also a major tourist attraction and lakhs of people visit the fair, which ends after thirteen days.

Pragati Maidan --
Pragati Maidan is also host to many other fairs, which includes the Auto Expo and the leather Fair. Through out the year Pragati Maidan is the venue for fairs and expositions. The Shakuntalam theatre is located in Pragati Maidan and regular film shows are held here.

Handicrafts Fair --
The months of September, October and November are busy with various types of fairs. The Handicrafts Fair at Delhi Haat is a major attraction for the lovers of handicrafts. The business fair held by the Delhi Government is also a major attraction for the Business community. The Diwali fairs around the Diwali festival is held in almost every community.

The Surajkund Handicraft Mela -
Surajkund is a small ancient kund (pond) in Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi. This picturesque place is the venue for the annual Handicrafts fair. This handicraft fair gives the artisans an opportunity to show their skills on the spot and customers get to see the working style of the artisans. The fair is held on a particular state theme. There are fashion shows and puppet shows, which represent the amalgamation of the traditional art with the modern trends.

Numerous other fairs are held throughout Delhi mainly during the winter season. It's a great time to just amble around the fairs, shopping for knick-knacks, enjoying the sun and sampling the scrumptious food, snack and chaat of Delhi.

Delhi is a veritable paradise for shoppers, who can buy objects ranging from the simplest of Indian handicrafts to international designer labels, and often within the same shopping area. Delhi is unique in that it has representative outlets for the handicrafts of each Indian state. This in it self presents a staggering array of goods, and at very affordable prices. In the last decade there has been a dramatic change in Delhi's markets.

Upwardly mobile lifestyle has led to greater sophistication in display and upgrading of various markets in terms of availability of items. Delhi has long been the most important trading centre in Northern India. Many of its localities, like Sheikh Sarai and Yusuf Sarai, derive their names from medieval market towns, which serviced the bygone, shifted capital cities of Delhi. Today, all of these have become a part of the rapidly expanding metropolis. Instead of market towns, there are specific wholesale markets or "mandi's" scattered throughout the vast city, and theirs is another story. For visitors to Delhi, shopping is high on the list of "things to do".

Tourists find a wide choice of items- such as carpets, silks, jewellery, leather and silver ware, handicrafts and hand printed cotton - that are synonymous with India. Each item is available in a range of prices, depending on the quality and the outlet. Another interesting is that each market has its own, distinctive ambience and adds its own flavour to the experience of shopping. Haus Khas Village, Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk are worlds apart from one another, yet each of them reflects an aspect of this many - faceted city. In fact one of the fascinating ways of understanding a city is by wandering through its market places for it is here that contemporary culture is most visible to the outsider.

Chandni Chowk (Closed on Sundays)-- It was the eyes and ears of the Mughal's commercial instincts and is today one of the country's best known wholesale markets for textiles, electronic goods and watches. The entire area was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's favourite daughter and was then inhabited by the well-to-do families of that time. There is however a word of caution and that is; that there are several elements selling duplicate goods and the tourist needs to be careful about this.
Leading off Chandni Chowk are Dariba, the silver market, Khari Baoli, the spice market and Kinari Bazar for trimmings and tinsel. In some of these bazaars the item for sale are manufactured at site, which lands a special charm to the shopping experience well integrated into the culture of the old city, these bazaars offer the visitor a glimpse of life in Old Delhi.

Meena Bazaar -- There are some antique stores behind Jama Masjid, and more lining the entrance to the Red Fort, where the Meena Bazar once was. These offer items arranging from jewellery to painting and furniture, and cater almost entirely to tourists.

Connaught Place (Closed on Sundays)--
One of Delhi's most popular shopping centres built as early as 1931 there is nothing that one cannot buy here and it also has several eating-houses. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. The complex popularly referred to as CP is an important meeting point for all sections of people and is something, which no tourist should miss if for nothing else then for its architecture and the humdrum of everyday life.

Janpath (Closed on Sunday) -- Located in the heart of Connaught Place Janpath is one of the busiest roads in New Delhi. A street market famous for its cheap bargain on cotton clothes & trinkets. Be sure to bargain for the prices. Some famous shoe & music stores are also here in Janpath. A small but fragrant shop here sells original essential oils, "itr" in forms of ready to use concentrate perfumes. Loads of junk & glass jewellery shops dot the lane. For a good variety of stoles & scarves Janpath is an ideal choice.

The Tibetans sell jewellery and ritual objects, while embroideries from Gujarat and Rajasthan, sell wall hangings, shawls, furnishings & readymade garments and bric-a-brac.

The Cottage industry Emporium (Closed on Sunday) - Right in the heart of Connaught place is the govt. run one place mall for every kind of art & craft products made in India. Right from jewellery, silk, sarees, furnishing, carpets, furniture to toys, trinkets, clothes, tea, silver, sandalwood, pottery and brass items.

Khadi Gram Udyog (Closed on Sunday) - Khadi a revolution in weaving initiated by Mahatma Gandhi has come a long way in the last century. It is no longer just some thick cloth and the Gandhi topi or kurta. The Khadi Gramudyog bhavan stores all the products like khadi cloth, ready made & embroidered clothes, silk & woollen clothes, natural, food products, incense, shoes & crafts etc. Also it houses a huge section only dedicated to various types hand made paper for art & craft purposes.

From Oct 2, every year the Khadi gives heavy discounts on it's products for a month, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

State Govt. Emporia, Baba Kharak singh Marg (Closed on Sunday) - Just the corner form the Khadi bhavan, opposite the Hanuman Temple is the Emporia Complex. Starting from 'Gram shilp' in one street are the emporium shopping malls for all the different states of India. For all authentic regional craft & silk one can directly go to any of these govt. emporiums. And of course the Delhi emporium has something from every state.

Hanuman Temple - a good place to put mehndi, or henna on the hand & feet.

Crafts Museum Shop (Closed on Sunday) - In the corner of Pragati Maidan, diagonally opposite the Old Fort is the crafts Museum. Inside the museum the craftsmen showcase their talent while the shopper can, not just buy but also see how it was made. There is a small shop to sell the same craft items.

Sarojini Nagar (Closed on Monday) -
A similar market as the Janpath market, located in south Delhi. Dilli Haat -- Food and Crafts Bazaar, opposite INA Market, is a one-stop shopping place for tourists, which not only offers various arts and handicrafts of India, but also a taste of the ethnic cuisine. Visitors can also witness the different performing arts of the country.

Qutub Shopping arcade -- A more up market outlet for Indian handicrafts and antiques is the bazaar near the Qutab Minar.

Ansal Plaza / Greater Kailash / South extension markets/ Lajpat Nagar Central Market (Closed on Monday) - Upscale market for all types of goods starting from clothes to electronics. With several malls & restaurants, these are great places to hang around.

Hauz Khas Village - The haunt of the nouveau riche, these markets offer a combination of ethnic chic and designer labels, Indian and international. Hauz Khas Village has set a very interesting trend as market. Over the centuries, a village had developed around the medieval college and the tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq. A few years ago, an association called Dastakar - set up a showroom in the village. Now the village has a plethora of boutiques, galleries and restaurants, which coexist with the buffalos, cow pats and men smoking hookahs on charpoys. Far from being a deterrent, the "rural" ambience is a positive attraction. Other villages like Mehrauli, Khirkee and Lado Sarai are fast following suit.

Walk into the quaint shops to find the most exquisite handicrafts, trinkets along with the most renowned designer clothes stores of India. Also in the village are some good eating joints for the traveller to explore. The Santushi Shopping Arcade - This shopping complex opposite the Ashoka Hotel has become another popular up market haunt. Developed by the Air Force Wives Association, it has a select number of boutiques where apparel, furnishings and accessories are available. A restaurant and patisserie add to the quiet charm of the place.

Sunder Nagar Market (Closed on Sunday) -- Chor Bazaar (only on Sunday) - Behind Red fort there is a weekly market, which sells old & antique things. If not for buying one can go there to just have walk around the flea market & who knows you could find a treasure. Weekly book Market (only on Sunday) - On Sundays the Darya Ganj Street comes alive with hundreds of shops & buyers browsing the old books Market.

Other Shopping Centres :

. Karol Bagh (Closed on Monday)
. Yashwant Place (Closed on Sunday)
The National Museum on Janpath --
It is the premier repository of antiquities. Built in 1960, it has an extraordinary collection representing the entire span of Indian civilization from pre-historic times. Its galleries include finds from the Indus Valley Civilization, superb sculptures in stone, and bronzes from the Chola period, the largest collection of miniature paintings in the world, manuscripts, a Buddhist Gallery, including relics of the Buddha from Piprahwa, the exquisite Jewellery Gallery, the Anthropological Gallery of tribal art; galleries devoted to decorative and applied arts, Maritime Heritage and Pre-Columbian art, and the Central Asian Antiquities, Gallery of Auriel Stein's finds along the ancient Silk Route (the great murals however, are on display at the adjacent Archaeological Survey of India).

The National Gallery of Modern Art --
Housed in the residence of Jaipur's former maharajas has a superb collection of paintings dating from 150 years ago to the present day. Company School paintings of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy and Amrita SherGil hold pride of place amidst exhibits, which give an overview of the evolution of modern Indian paintings and sculpture. The National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art periodically organize special exhibitions.

The Rail Transport Museum -
It is a must for rail buffs. Its vintage display includes the oldest locomotive in the world-still working; the Vice regal Dinning Car (1889) and the Prince of Wales Saloon (1876). Children can enjoy a ride on the miniature rail track 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.
Timings: 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 carriage. 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.

The Nehru Memorial Museum -
Located at Teen Murti House where Jawaharlal Nehru lived for 16 years till his death in 1964. Its special charm is that the rooms have been preserved as they were. Not far from here is the Indira Gandhi Memorial where one gets a glimpse of the life of the late Prime Minister.

Indira Memorial Museum --
Another national museum has been built at 1 Safdarjung Rd in memoriam of Indira Gandhi, on May 27, 1985. Her own bodyguard assassinated Indira Gandhi 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 Govt made a artificial water flow by crystal on steel plate of 3325 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 bloodstained sari and other dress materials of Indira are chemically preserved in the museum. You may go inside the private chambers to view reading room, dinning room, Dewan-i-Aam, Dewan-i-Khas etc. Except Monday open everyday from 10-00 to 17-00 3010094.

The Gandhi Memorial Museum -
It has a collection of memorabilia on Mahatma Gandhi.

Dolls Museum --
Shankar's International Dolls Museum was founded in 1954. More than 6000 Variety representing almost 85 countries of the world is on display in the museum. Dolls of Japan deserve special mention. However, 1/3 of total dolls are Indian - Indian cultural and the cultural life style has been projected in the fashions of dolls. 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 Zafar Marg near Delhi Gate.
Timing : Except Monday open every day from 10-00 to 17-00

The Crafts Museum at Pragati Maidan has galleries displaying India's rich tradition of handicrafts. An added attraction is the presence of craftsperson who are bought here from different parts of the country to demonstrate their skills.

National Museum of Natural History --
In this central part of the city are also located in the FICCI building, Mandi House. Huge dinosaur and birds of pre historic ages are depicted National Museum of Natural History. The Discovery Room also appreciable.
View the film show from 11-30 to 15-30.
Open daily at 10-00 to 17-00
No ticket is required
The Tibet House Museum on Lodi Road has a fine collection of tankhas, jewellery and ritual objects. En route to Old Delhi are the Shankar's Dolls Museum of Archeology related to the Mughal era, and the Museum of Arms and Weapons which traces the development of arms from the Mughal age to the First World War.

National science museum -
The science museum next to the Pragati maidan, is a great place for both kids & adults to learn and decipher the various mysteries of life through science.
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