Whoa! Delhi has a Sulabh International Toilet Museum

I find thematic museums very interesting. So when I first read about the Delhi’s Sulabh Toilet Museum in the TIME magazine, I kept this place at the back of my mind to visit when I’m in Delhi next. This rather unique toilet museum has featured as the third weirdest museum in the world and that was reason enough for a visit! Visiting Delhi’s Toilet Museum I was backpacking in Himachal Pradesh for eight days when I…

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Visiting the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

Umaid Bhavan Palace jodhpur

Also known as the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur is home to some of the most magnificent pieces of architecture. Nestled at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur was founded by Suryavanshi Rao Jodha in 1459. The city is guarded by mighty forts on both sides – Mehrangarh Fort on the west and Umaid Bhawan Palace on the east. Even as one marvels at the engineering genius…

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Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort inside out

I was on a solo trip to Agra and Jodhpur, when I found myself at the Agra Cantt railway station reading Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. My own train to Jodhpur was delayed by four hours. By midnight, I had boarded the Howrah-Jodhpur Express and reached Jodhpur the following morning. One cannot visit Jodhpur and leave without checking the Mehrangarh fort. The monumental structure is Jodhpur’s identity and the highlight of your trip. Rao Jodha, founder…

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Visiting a hi-tech biographical museum in Pune

When my plan to play paintball at Della Adventures didn’t work out, I drove down to Pune from Lonavla. Looking for things to do in Pune, I came across the Darshan Museum. What would a Darshan Museum exhibit, I thought? At the back of my mind, I was skeptical if the museum would even let me in. In the past, I was not allowed to enter the Jama Masjid in Hyderabad because I wore a jeans…

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Visit Naval Aviation Museum Goa

naval aviation museum goa

Once again, I landed in Goa for a week long sojourn during the auspicious festival of lights. The trip was special, for I was behind the wheel as we drove down 600km, all the way to this coastal state. Every time I claim to have seen enough of Goa, it surprises me. I’ve already shared posts on Palolem Beach, Reis Magos Fort, Big Foot and Goa State Museum. But, obviously there is a lot more…

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Goa State Museum – Rich Collection And Honest Exhibit Intentions

I am going to admit, I am a museum person. Getting to know culture, history, civilizations by strolling through exhibits, listening to audio guides and leafing brochures fascinates me. I also believe museums say a lot about a city or state; and hence it is imperative to have city and state museums. Considerable efforts should be drawn by every state or central government to preserve and/or restore artifacts, relics, galleries, cultural anthropology, et al. and…

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, New Delhi

I happened to visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum by chance. It’s a not-so-pleasant fact that I visited Delhi but did no local sightseeing (except this museum), since I was attending a conference. Such is the life of a Corporate slave! Never mind. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The location has been converted into a museum as a tribute to the late politician. It stands in the…

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RBI Monetary Museum, Mumbai – Money on Display

I have had to rely on my memory to write about my visit to RBI Monetary Museum; since photography was not allowed inside their premises. This wonderful museum depicts the evolution of money from 2nd century BC until this day. Founded in 2005, it is run by the Reserve Bank of India. RBI Monetary Museum is located on the ground level of the RBI premises in Fort, South Mumbai. What’s in store at RBI Monetary Museum…

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Bhau Daji Lad Museum – Go there for the Renaissance Revival Architecture

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City museum is an integral part of Mumbai’s museum scene. It is the oldest museum in Mumbai, established in 1872. At that time, it was known as the Victoria and Albert museum. In 1975, the museum was renamed after an eminent physician, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad (1822 – 1874). He had keen interest in archaeology and his role was pivotal to secure funds for the museum construction work from philanthropists…

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Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala: A Poor Man’s Madame Tussauds

Karla Caves and Celebrity Wax Museum have ranked high on my list of must see places in Lonavla. The latter had more of my attention since it was our very own Indian Madame Tussauds. A wax museum in India and so close to Mumbai had me eyeing this location for a really long time. We started at 7:30 am from Mumbai and reached Lonavala by 9:30 am. Before we visited the wax museum, we chose to…

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Prince of Wales Museum – The Best Museum Mumbai has to Offer

I took a break from my Gujarat posts and visited Prince of Wales Museum two weeks back. This is my second visit to Prince of Wales museum, since I was not able to do justice to the museum in my first visit in 2012. As a Bombayite, I could afford to visit Prince of Wales museum twice. But some of the readers of this post may/would not like to be in this position. Hence, I…

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Gujarat road trip: AMUL factory visit, Anand

road trips from mumbai - Amul Dairy Factory, Anand

[Last updated: 16 March 2019] On Day 3 of my Gujarat road trip, our final stop was the AMUL Dairy factory in Anand. I was very keen on visiting the AMUL factory even though we were driving 50 km further down from Vadodara to Anand. What made it trickier was that the factory allowed visitors only between 2pm and 4pm. So, not only were we driving to another city for one attraction but racing time…

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Sahara Cricket Gaurav Point – Cricket Museum for a Cricket Crazy Nation

UPDATE: THIS MUSEUM IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation gives cricket enthusiasts a reason to smile. BMC along with Sahara (an Indian business conglomerate) have built in Mumbai a gallery dedicated to the sport of Cricket. The move, although innovative, is not surprising in a country where cricket is a religion and many swear by the sport. Located in Andheri, Sahara Cricket Gaurav Point was launched in January 2012 at the hands of legendary cricketer…

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Ancestral Goa museum and Big Foot– Victim of its own concept

If you are bored of visiting Goa’s infinite beaches or if you are the type of person who enjoys visiting museums then Ancestral Goa Museum is a place you can check out. The Place Ancestral Goa is meant to give you a cultural glimpse of Goa – Olden style homes, what their occupations were like? how did they dress? what did they eat? et cetera. The place is also popular as Big foot because of an…

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