Tips collections, Delhi
Valley Of The Dolls. One can find just about every kind of a doll one needs to see in Shankar's International Dolls Museum. There are about 6,000 dolls collected from over 85 countries and a third of the collection has been gathered from different parts of India. Each doll is resplendently dressed in costumes that represent the country or the region they come from.
The museum is special because it allows a certain kind of a cultural exchange. Through dolls it presents an interesting way to learn about different cultures of various countries. The brilliant costumes, the varied jewellery of the dolls narrate intriguing stories of different cultures, their climate, their folklore and their mythologies.
There is also a workshop and a Doll Designing Centre in the museum. One can buy dolls from here too. So come and visit this museum and let go the child in you.
A fort guarding a city
Slave dynasty's architecture
A ghost lived here?
Old, traditional settlement
Feroz Shah Kotla
Built in 1354
Ugrasen Ki Baoli
An ancient step well
Saint James Church
The oldest church
tel: +91 11 2332 0005
New Delhi DL 110062
1 Tughlaqabad Fort
DESCRIPTION: The fort stands high on an outcrop of rocks, with walls
reaching 27 meters in places, stretching over a parameter of seven
kilometers. This sprawling fortress was built in less than four years in the
early 1300s to guard against the attacks by Mongols from central Asia.
It was also connected to Old Delhi by a secret underground passage.
But the fort was fated to be abandoned right after construction. Legend
has it that it had been cursed by a Sufi saint. Today, it lies as beautiful
ruins surrounded by rampant wilderness and numerous peacocks. It is a
popular destination for trekkers and picnickers.
tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist
Near Qutub Minar Complex
New Delhi DL 110030
2 Jamali Kamali
OUR LOCAL EXPERT SAYS:
There is less bustle here than at the Qutub. Use this as a
short pit stop to unwind before setting off on your itinerary
DESCRIPTION: The Jamali Kamali masjid (mosque) and tomb is
situated near the Qutub Minar complex and is set within a beautiful park.
The mosque's simple lines give it an air of simple elegance and quiet
contemplation. Through the door on the right lies a small chamber in which
Jamali and Kamali are buried. Jamali was a saint and a poet who was a
favorite of the ruling king. The identity of Kamali is unknown. The tomb
chamber is closed to the public but the outside premises are worth a view.
tel: +91 11 2332 0005
New Delhi DL 110030
DESCRIPTION: This was constructed in 1562 as a tomb for
Adham Khan, who was killed by king Akbar. This is situated
next to the entrance of Mehrauli village and is also locally
known as Bhulbhulaiyan, which means 'a maze'. According
to folklore, this tomb is inhabited by ghosts. It is a beautiful
structure in midst of green wilderness - an ideal spot to get a
good view of the first fort of Delhi.
tel: +91 11 2464 7005(Tourist
fax: +91 11 2469 7352
New Delhi 110 017
4 Lal Gumbad
DESCRIPTION: The Lal Gumbad is one of the many grand pieces of ancient architecture that
beautifully adorn the city of Delhi. Lal Gumbad or the Red Mausoleum is the tomb of Shaikh Kabir-
Ud-Din Auliya, who was buried here in 1397, during the pre-Mughal era. The square-shaped tomb
is erected of red sandstone, with a conic-shaped plastered dome on the roof. The serene lawns
of Panchshila Park, where the tomb is located, exudes a wonderful ambiance. Don't miss this
gorgeous monument, when in Delhi!
tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist
New Delhi DL 110013
5 Hazrat Nizamuddin
DESCRIPTION: Nizamuddin is a historic village settlement,
which continues to exist within modern Delhi. It gets its name
from the Sufi saint, Sheikh Nizamuddin Auliya, who was born
in 1236. The area is full of craftsmen shops, traditional Mughal
bakeries, ittar (exotic perfumes) bazaars, restaurants, old
houses, traditional Islamic bookshops, and numerous shrines
devoted to saints and poets. You are immediately transported
back in time when you enter Hazrat Nizamuddin. It has a
tel: +91 11 2332 0005
Bhahadur Shah Zafar Road
New Delhi DL 110002
6 Feroz Shah Kotla
DESCRIPTION: Ferozabad was constructed in 1354 by Feroz
Shah Tuglaq. It now lies in ruins at Feroz Shah Kotla. This
place now seem like a menacing fortress, but the most famous
structure here is the Ashoka Pillar, on which the great king and
philosopher, Ashoka's teachings are inscibed. Amongst the
ruins are also the remains of a mosque and a well. It has been
bought to this state by the endless stipping of its materials to
construct newer buildings.
tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist
Near Kasturba Gandhi Marg,
New Delhi DL 110001
7 Ugrasen Ki Baoli
DESCRIPTION: This baoli (step well) is a small structure built of rubble
and dressed stone. Shaded by a massive neem tree, it has no roof.
Step wells of this kind were once the lifeline of settlements. They not
only provided water but also served as points and centers of community
activity; places where people gathered to cool off and socialize. The well
has five levels where each level has an arched area, which was used as a
resting place. The center of the well has water and the water is linked to a
well dug in a covered platform. Today, it stands quietly and ignored amidst
the corporate buildings of Connaught Place. If you look over the highest
wall of the baoli, you will see a surrounding ring of imposing high rises. It's
quite a view.
tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist
New Delhi DL 110006
DESCRIPTION: About 1.5 kilometers north of the Red Fort
are the ruins of the small fort of Salimgarh. It was built by king
Salim Shah, in 1546, as an island fort on the Yamuna River.
The next king, Aurangzeb, converted this fort into a state
prison, and the British continued using it as such till the 1940s.
Many freedom fighters from the Indian Independent Movement
were jailed here for extensive periods of time. That however, is
not its only claim to fame; Salimgarh is also considered as one
of the most haunted places in Old Delhi
tel: +91 11 332 0005
New Delhi DL 110006
9 Saint James Church
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1836, it is the oldest surviving church
in the city. St. James Church was built in a western classical
design with a Greek cross plan. Three of the arms of the cross
have porticoes, while the east arm contains the altar. The dome
is very similar to the dome of Florence Cathedral in Italy which
was the first renaissance structure in the world. Delicate stained
glass windows were added to the building in 1860. Some of the
decorative elements have a Mughal influence and these are
more prominent and visible in the base of the dome and also in
the steps leading to the church.
tel: +91 11 2462 9365
Near Majnu Ka Tila, Ring
New Delhi DL
A Coronation Memorial
DESCRIPTION: Coronation Memorial has the statue of King George V,
which once stood under the canopy near India Gate. The king is attired
in the coronation robe he wore for the Darbar (royal court) in 1911. It
is surrounded by other statues, including those of Lord Willingdon and
Lord Hardinge, all standing on red sandstone plinths. The statues retain
their old glory but they are situated within a neglected walled garden.
Located on the narrow Hailey Lane on the Atul Grove Road, cutting across the Kasturba Gandhi Road, in the center of modern Delhi,This baori (step well) is a small structure built of rubble and dressed stone. Step wells of this kind were once the lifeline of settlements. They not only provided water but also served as points and centers of community activity, places where people gathered to cool off and socialize. The well has five levels where each level has an arched area, which was used as a resting place. The center of the well has water and the water is linked to a well dug in a covered platform. Today, it stands quietly and ignored amidst the corporate buildings of Connaught Place. If you look over the highest wall of the baori, you will see a surrounding ring of imposing high rises. It's quite a view.Ugrasen ki Baori is a fine example of Delhi's unique architecture.
Delhi Zoo is located near the Purana Qila on the Delhi-Mathura road was established in 1959 and is spread over a massive area of 214 acres. Is regarded as one of the finest zoos in Asia and efforts have been made to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds. There are many animals and bird species from places like Africa, America, Australia and even Asia.
Delhi zoo features quite an amazing range of flora and fauna. Over one thousand varieties of animals, reptiles and avian species can be seen here. Leopard cat, Indian Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Black Buck, Indian Gazelle and Lion-tailed macaque are some of the commonly found animals here. It also has nearly all varieties of deer spotted in the country. Don’t miss the white tiger from Rewa, the elephant which plays a harmonica and the leopards. The zoo is home to many species now endangered in India. Several species of migratory birds have made this spot their favorite haunting ground. Winter is the time when the winged visitors including, storks, ducks and other species throng the large lake at the entrance of Delhi zoo.
This place is particularly popular among the children.
Opem 9.30 AM to 4 PM Close on Friday
National gallery of modern art located in the stately Jaipur House near India Gate, was once the residence of the Jaipur Maharajas.The museum has a splendid collection of sculptuures and paintings dating from 150 years ago to the present days.The famous Indian artists such as Amrita Shergill, Raja Ravi Varma and MF Hussain as well as the Britesh landscape artists, the Daniells.
The ruins of Ferozabad, the 5th city of Delhi, erected by Feroz Shah Tughlaq built in 14th century (AD1351-1388) can be found at Feroz Shah Kotla, just off Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg between the Old and New Delhi. The remains of a mosque and a well can also be seen, but most of the ruins were used for the construction of later cities. Ferozshah Tughlaq was himself a great patron of architecture. He built the Ferozshah Kotla fort, this fifth city of Delhi was full of splendid palaces, mosques and gardens. The famous 14-meter highly polished sandstone Ashoka Pillar carrying Emperor Ashoka's message of peace stands here.
National Rail Museum is located In Chanakya Puri. It is unique in its collection of rail engines and locomotives. India was among the countries which had railway lines since 19th century. The locomotives in the museums are displayed in open. But they also have a small in house museum which gives the details of the progress and development in the history of railway in India.
Children love a ride in the toy train that takes them around the museum on a miniature rail track.
Open 930 to 5 PM
Entrance Fees Rs 10 Video Camera Rs 100
Boating Rs 20
Every Monday Close.
National Museum Located on Janpath is one of the treasure houses of the our glorious past. The museum has a large collection of excavated items many of which date back to 2nd and 3rd century B.C. The museum has separate section for the Harrapa (Indus valley civilisation) collection. Recently the museum added a very interesting section of Jewellery collection. Apart from the regular sections the museum has regular exhibition on different themes. Information about any such exhibition can be obtained from the museum itself or from the tourist offices. A daily film show is organised in the auditorium of the museum and it is closed on Monday.
Open 10AM to 5 PM
Entrance Fee for India Rs 10
for Forgien Rs 300 inclouded Audio Guide.
Camera fee for Indian Rs 20
for Forgions Rs 300
Video camera is prohibted.
The Tibet house is a must visit for those interested in Tibetian history, an excellent resource centre about Tibet. The House has a collection of artefacts brought from Tibet when the Dalai Lama fled from there.
There are rare 'Thangkhas' or painted scrolls from 15th century Tibetan monasteries, an exquisite collection of Buddha figurines, old currency notes, objects of prayer, musical instruments and antique jewellery. There is a library with books on Tibet, Tibetan history and culture. A shop is also located over here that sells clothes, jewellery, medicines, incense, curios and Tibetian handicrafts.
Open :- Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5.30
Khirki Masjid was built by Khan-I-Jahan Junan Shah, the prime minister of Ferozshah Tughlaq (AD 1351-1388). The mosque may have served as a private place of worship of Khan-I-Jahan Junan Shah.
It is a small quadrangle-shaped mosque, and the only one of its kind-a mosque, which is closed on top. Mosques usually have an open courtyard where the faithfuls offer their prayers to God.Masjid has elaborate latticework on its windows.The pillars and brackets in the mosque show a high degree of indigenous influence. The roof of the Khirki Masjid is divided into squares through which sunlight streams in.Most of the squares, however, sport groups of domes on them. The mosque, which is built with rubble masonry covered externally with plaster, has majestic steps leading up to it.
The residence of Late Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was converted into a museum after his death. The museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history of the Independence Movement. There are several photographs of the erstwhile Prime Minister, giving an account of his life. Besides this, the colonial building is also equally interesting, with its teak paneled rooms with high ceilings, spacious verandas and well kept gardens.
Nehru Museum was once used to be the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in India before independence. After the departure of the last Commander-in-Chief, it became the official residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru lived here for 16 years until his death on May 27, 1964. Soon after his death the Government of India decided that Teen Murti House should be dedicated to his memory and should house a museum and a library.
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. It was in this house that she was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards on 31st October 1984. The house was converted into a museum after her assassination.
The museum conserves some of the belongings of Indira Gandhi, including the sari she was wearing when she was assassinated. There is a collection of photographs, which record the Nationalist movement and the Nehru-Gandhi family.
A modest bungalow, it is furnished simply and hung with photographs narrating her life from childhood days with the Mahatma to later off-duty relaxation with her grandchildren Rahul, Priyanka and Varun. It is surrounded by a charming garden where you can hear Mrs. Gandhi's speeches from megaphones hidden in the bushes. It was in this garden that she was assassinated.
The spot where Indira Gandhi was assassinated is enclosed in a glass frame. One can still see the dried blood spots.
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Close to the road connecting Mehrauli with Badarpur in the south of Delhi, lies the majestic Tughlakabad Fort on a high outcrop of rocks, with walls which touch a height of over 27 metres at some points.The sprawling fortress was built by Ghyiasuddin Tughlak in 1321 A.D. to guard against the threat of invasion by the Mongols. Built in just four years, to enter the fort, one has to walk over a causeway which was once supported by 27 elegant arches, some of which are still visible. The fort has a huge depression towards the north where could have been a tank for storing rain water.Adjacent to the high three-tiered wall and at the fort's southern edge is an escape route leading downwards out of the fort.It is not advisable to enter the escape route. To the west of the entrance are the ruins of a palatial building where once stood a hall with 1000 pillars.Within the citadel and to its further west is a 15.5 metre deep water tank called Jahannum Ka Rasta( Road to hell).Legend has it that Ghiyasuddin was cursed by a saint, Nizamuddin Auliya because he had diverted all the labour working for the saint to build his city and the work of the saint got held up. The curse was that the city would be abandoned soon after it came up and it would be inhabited by jackals and Gujjars, a nomadic tribe. Ghiysauddin died in 1325 when a pavilion erected in his honour crashed on him. It is said that the accident was engineered by his son, Mohammed.With his death, the short-lived story of the city came to an end.
OPEN Sunrice to Sunset/9 AM to 5 PM
ENTRANCE Fee for Foregin Rs 100/US$ 2.
Indian Rs 05 and Video Camera Rs 25.
Stretching along the Ring Road, very close to the rear of the Red Fort is a host of memorials built as a tribute to various prime ministers of the country, though the most popular is Raj Ghat built in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. The Mahatma, after his assassination on January 30, 1948, just as he was coming out of his daily prayers, was cremated on the banks of the Yamuna a day after he was killed. Raj Ghat was converted into a national memorial, the design for which was given by Vanu Bhuta. A footpath made of stone flanked by well-maintained lawns, leads to a walled enclosure, open to the sky, with a simple stone platform in black marble which indicates the site where he was cremated.Every Friday at 5 p.m., prayers are held. Just across the road is Gandhi Darshan, a small museum in which are depicted various aspects of Gandhi's life.Over the years many more memorials were built with Shanti Vana being the memorial of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister) who died in 1964, Shakti Sthala for Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri-Vijay Ghat , Kisan Ghat for Chaudhary Charan Singh and Rajiv Gandhi(Vir Bhumi).