Explore Delhi: Go on a walkabout in its museums
No visit to Delhi is complete without a tour of the museums that dot the capital. Regarded as one of the most diverse cities of India, Delhi is home to many museums which attempt to chronicle its cultural diversity and historic significance, as well as showcase unique artifacts.
Let us take a look at some of the more famous museums of Delhi.
National Crafts Museum
Tucked away in the corner of Pragati Maidan, National Handicrafts & Handloom Museum features a comprehensive collection of crafts and related artefacts, including tribal art, old toys, fine saris and textiles. However, the major attraction in this museum are the old wooden temple carts, which were once used to carry the deities during festivals. The building was designed by one of India’s most renowned architects, Charles Correa. It is constructed in the layout of a real village, and even has an artificial oasis!
National Gallery of Modern Art
An important stop on the travel itinerary for art lovers, the National Gallery of Modern Art houses an incredible collection of contemporary paintings. The museum was built in the early 20th century by the British and was meant to be a residence for the Maharaja of Jaipur. It was only converted to a museum in 1954, and now features paintings and portraits by Raja Ravi Varma, Amrita Sher-Gil and Jamini Roy, among others. Located in Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, it is well connected and you can just book a cab in Delhi to get there.
The Indian Railways is one of the largest and oldest railway systems in the world, and the Rail Museum pays homage to its development and transformation throughout the years. The sprawling museum has more than 75 railway cars and engines on display, but the most famous of them has to be the Fairy Queen- the oldest working steam engine in the world. The museum is in Chanakyapuri, and convenient cab booking in Delhi has made it a very accessible destination.
The Archaeological Museum in Delhi is a must visit, especially if you are interested in anthropology. The museum displays artefacts from as far back in history as 1000 BC, with the displays arranged in chronological order. There are artefacts from the Mauryan and Mughal dynasty as well, including paintings, antiques, textiles, calligraphy, weapons and even costumes.
With one of the biggest collection of historical artefacts in the nation, the National Museum of Delhi displays objects of curiosity from various times of human history. Foreign relics are also displayed including ornaments, arts, jewellery and paintings. However, the highlights of the museum are the relics of the Indus Valley Civilisation and the treasures of Silk Road.
This is by no means a complete list of the must-visit museums in the city. Delhi has several other museums where you can dive into the well of time. Some other notable ones include Gandhi Museum, National Science Center Museum, National Museum of Natural History and Nehru Museum. Taxi booking in Delhi is no longer the hassle that it used to be, so there is nothing stopping you from embarking on a journey of discovery.