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On our team, at Katha Publications, we have people who have lived all over the country and if theres one thing that completely binds us as a team, it is our pure and undying love for Delhi and we want to give you a reason to love Delhi just as much as we do. A lot has been said about the crime rate of Delhi, how unsafe it is, the pollution, the population, etc, but we want to re-introduce you to a side of Delhi that makes it our favourite Living city to liveinin.Delhi for a year, made me fall madly in love with the city and with this book, I want to give you reasons love the We have put our heart and soul into this project and pickingto 5 places in city that as much as Iwant do. you to miss, was the hardest task, but the proDelhi we didn’t cess washas thebeen most enjoyable, soDelhi’s we hopehigh this book helps youhow re-discover A lot said about crime rates, unsafe Delhi and spruces up a dull day. it is, the pollution, the population, etc, but I want to introduce

you to the side of Delhi that made me fall in love with it, in the

We had so much fun putting this together, so if this brightened up your first place. day and you want to see the same for your city, please feel free to mail us had a whole lot of fun putting together, thesee hardest atI kathapublications@gmail.com and this help us make thebut world why your part was picking 5 places out of allll the places in Delhi. city must be loved!

But if you must know, these were the places that narrowly - Team Katha! missed being on the list : Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Mehrauli PS - If you must we had quite a hard time picking the top 5 destinaShahpur Jaat,know, Siri Fort tions and we didnt want you to miss out on the those that didnt make the Coronation Park, North Campus cut, so heres a list of some of the places that might also interest you Nizammudin Dargah,Park, West Delhi Mehrauli Archaeological Mehrauli MeenaJaat, Bazaar Shahpur Siri and Fort Kinnari Bazaar, Chandini Chowk Coronation Park, North Campus Nizammudin Dargah, West Delhi Meena Bazaar and Kinnari Bazaar, Chandni Chowk.

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Two | Daryaganj

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Three | Paharganj

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Four | Agrasen Ki Baoli

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Five | Theme Museums Shankar’s International Doll Musuem Sulabh International Toilet Musuem National Rail Musuem

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HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE

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he Hauz Khas village which was known in the medieval period for the amazing buildings built around a reservoir excavated during Allauddin Khilji’s reign (1296-1316)in the second city of Delhi, to meet the water supply needs of the newly built fort at Siri, drew a large congregation of Islamic scholars and students to the Madrasa for Islamic education. A very well researched essay titled “A Medieval Center of Learning in India: The Hauz Khas Madrasa in Delhi” authored by Anthony Welch refers to this site as “far and away the finest spot in Delhi not in the ingenuity of its construction and the academic purpose to which it was put but also in the real magic of the place”. The present status of the village also retains not only the old charm of the place but has enhanced its aesthetic appeal through the well manicured green parks planted with ornamental trees all around with walk ways, and the sophisticated “gentrified” market and residential complexes which have sprung up around the old village. The tank itself has been reduced in size and well landscaped with water fountains. Welch, elaborating on the present status of the place, has said: “A centre of Musical culture in the 14th century, the village at the Hauz Khas had regained this erstwhile role in an unexpected guise”. The village structure that gloriously existed in the medieval period was modernized in mid 1980’s presenting an upscale ambience attracting tourists from all parts of the world.

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Closest Metro Station - Green Park (Yellow Line) Any Auto-rickshaw will charge you around Rs. 40 to take you to the Hauz Khas Village. Once inside the village, you will have to explore the place on your feet as the entry of automobiles is restricted inside the village.


WHAT TO EXPECT

The place is compact and boasts of 13th century monuments, a large lake, dense forests with sprawling trees birds & deers surrounding most beautiful designer showrooms, amazing cafés, coolest art galleries and chic furniture shops. The streets are crumbling and the wires overhead are irreversibly tangled. New Delhi's historic Hauz Khas Village (HKV) may be a bit scruffy at the edges, but there's no funkier spot in the capital to shop, eat and generally enjoy the vibe. By the late 1980s, HKV had a manicured park, more than 40 designer stores and a few restaurants that catered to a foreign clientele. It has been well-loved for its mid-city sense of seclusion.In the last four years musicians, designers, travellers, foodies, readers of journals and little books, art and postercollectors, map makers, social activists and the Delhi LGBT community have set up homes and shops here.

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Amour - the Patio Amour serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in a truly breathtaking ambience! Tel. 9654126687

Elma’s Bakery The aroma that wafts from Elma’s bakery wafts down the alley and practically drags you towards it. The ambience, tea and scrumptious scones make it the perfect location for a gossip session. Tel. 011-26521022/20 The Living Room Café This place is the perfect blend of

delicious food and soulful music. One may not find a more casual and ideal place to catch up with friends over a drink. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to try their signature – Bloody Indian! Tel. 011-46080534 Grey Garden Imagine a Parisian café made from things found and old – Grey garden is just that. Slow food, slow conversation and slow art is the ethic followed at Grey Garden. Tel. 011-26513067 Gun Powder If typical South Indian fare is what your taste buds long for, then Gun Powder is sure to

satiate your craving! Tel. 9910093666 Naivedyam Considered one of the best South Indian joints in town, Naivedyam is a pure Vegetarian joint that will take you on a trip to the South with its interesting interiors and mouth-watering delicacies! The delicious food and brethtaking view will make for the tedious 4-flight climb. Tel. 011-26536045

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Flipside café Delhi’s first alternative creperie and coffee shop. An unusual Cafe with a unique take on home food cooking, with some funky decor and plenty of rock n roll. Specialising in coffee, crepes, pizzas and cakes. Tel. 011-26516341

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THADI CAFE

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7 days a week , 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm Tel. 9899691341

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After a short auto ride from the green park metro station and an approach that could just be out of Delhi belly, you’ll get there eventually and a gorgeous view of hauz khas will be your reward. The seating is divided into 2 areas – the inside, with seating in the form of sofas and mattresses neatly done up in bright primary colours and the outside, with its basket chairs and fairy lights. this should be a lovely place for hot chai and a book on a nippy winter morning. The crowd is eclectic - psychology students going over their notes, the delhi drum circle post-drumming in deer park, a photographer and his muse, a few young lawyers and that, coupled with the relaxed vibe make this a fun place to people-watch and eavesdrop. The place with its simple yet, delicious menu, is quiet affordable. All-in-all, a must visit for the mellow scene, quaint atmosphere and gorgeous view.

Yodakin Yodakin is not only a store-house for non-mainstream publishers, but a space to explore and expand thought that is considered alternative. Past events have included readings on food, as-yet-unpublished novellas and popularly, discussions and performances. Store timings: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Except Tuesday: 2pm - 8pm And Sunday: 12 noon - 8 pm Tel. 011-26536283

O Layla Quirky clothes and accessories are made from recycled waste material in an effort to utilize old handmade methods to reinvent what Ritu Kumar, O Layla’s Mumbai-based founder, calls “desi cool”. Open 7 days: 11:30 - 7:30 Tel. 011-26513821 Indian Popular Art They do not have a website, an email address but if you go over there and ask them anything about old posters -- from cinema to pop phrases to architecture to music-they have the answers. Open 7 days: 10:30 - 8:00 Tel. 9811960996 The People’s Project. The People’s Project hosts an eclectic range of tiny things from artisans across India. They collaborate beyond just selling their wares and instead host workshops by these artisans who display their process and their skill. If you are lucky enough, you can catch one of these workshops that happen every other weekend! Open 7 days: 10:00 - 8:00 Tel. 011-80233322

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KUNZUM TRAVEL CAFE Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 7:30 pm Tel. 9650 702 777

When you cannot travel, what is the next best thing that you can do? Make travel plans. Or get transported virtually to dream destinations when others share their travel stories with you. And you do likewise. This is what the Kunzum Travel Café is all about. A place for travellers to meet, exchange travel stories, make friends, even connect with future travel partners –while spending the day bumming around over coffee and free Wi-Fi. Also on offer are opportunities to attend interactive talks and workshops by travellers, photographers, writers and other relevant personalities. Or they can simply sit back and enjoy as musicians jam around. A well stocked library can be referred to for travel books including guides, coffee table books and travelogues. Travel companies offering unique services have started leaving their catalogs at the café too – enabling travellers to make well informed choices. Visitors would be offered books published by Kunzum as well as photographic art curated by it.

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ARRESTED BY ART A one of its kind concept boutique which brings together a gallery, a store and a live on site studio producing unique Fine Art prints and Canvases, hand-made mixed media Artwork, and various other creative curiosities. It is an eclectic mix of contemporary aesthetics, inspired from urban pop culture, fashion lifestyle, street photography and much more. Tel. 011-26521147

RANG ART GALLERY A collection of art featuring illustrations,and paintings of Comic Art, Contemporary Art, Abstract Art, Realistic Art, Classical Art, etc, from the upcoming as well as India’s most renowned Artists. Rang, explores the perception of art and the identity of an artist

Tel. 9810688447

The Kuzart Lane is an art cafe, combining the nuances of an art gallery and a young, vibrant cafe. The main objective of the project is to give an opportunity to amateur artists and designers of different fields such as photography, oil painting, canvas painting, and designing to showcase their work. through and in the contemporary society. Art displayed in the gallery is, the use of skill and imaginations in the creation of aesthetic objects environment or experiences that can be shared with others. Tel. 9811078742

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MULK RAJ ANAND CENTRE In the midst of the commercial art galleries in Hauz Khas village, there exists a gallery for the promotion of art and artists, where the artists themselves are the masters dealing with their patrons directly and can negotiate their prices with the buyers, as also have interaction with those who come to appreciate their works. Tel. 011-26511387

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aryaganj had the original cantonment of Delhi, after 1803, where a native regiment of Delhi garrison was stationed, which was later shifted to Ridge area. Now known as New Darya Ganj, it was once part of the British Darya Ganj Cantonment, one of the earliest establishments of the British in Old Delhi.The New Darya Ganj market was earlier known as Faiz Bazaar till the partition, when present traders moved in the area. East of Daryaganj was Raj ghat Gate of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat on Yamuna River. The Phool Mandi (Flower Market) of Daryaganj was established around 1869, and even today despite serving a small geographical area, it is of great importance, due to dense population. As the new capital New Delhi was being built after 1911, Daryaganj along with Paharganj were only two buffer areas between the new city, and older city, which started being called the “walled city� by 1931, with Daryaganj sitting at the edge of the walled city near Dilli Gate.

Closest Metro Station - Chawri Bazaar or New Delhi (Yellow Line) This opens out onto the street adjacent to Nai Sadak where the Book Market is located and will require a walk of 20-30 mts.


WHAT TO EXPECT

Any book lover worth his or her salt will want to visit the Sunday book market at Daryaganj, before dying. The Daryaganj book market is a paradise for any avid reader- the prices are cheap and the options are endless. The book bazaar, circa 1964, is the destination to find all kinds of second-hand books: novels, memoirs, whodunits, quiz books, classics, encyclopedias, chicklits and sometimes, rare first editions. Once there, one will not have a dearth of options. Lined on both sides of the streets and gulis are sellers with their books spread out in front of them. There are possibilities of one finding books that may not be available in regular book stalls due to them being difficult to order or find. One would even find out of print books. All these books would cost one half of what one would be expected to pay in an upmarket book store. The sales start from as low as Rs. 20. The market opens at 7 o’clock in the morning, but by around 9 a.m., the place is teeming with crowds. While, the crowd mostly comprises of students, on the look out for inexpensive options for reference work or text books, the avid book lover will also be on the look out for steal deals. However, it is not only novels or reference books that one would find on sale here. Coffee table books in perfect condition, fashion magazines like Vogue, foreign publications, sports or car magazines, gardening books, knitting, books related to culinary arts- these are only some of the books that one would easily find in the Daryaganj Sunday book market. Its gutter-lined lanes are no place for snobs. The crowd is a mix of hippies and urchins, students and artists. Pushing around is considered civilised. Booksellers are as rude as the buyers.

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Moti Mahal It would be a crime to do a peice on DaryaGanj and not mention Moti Mahal. Considered the restaurant that introduced Butter chicken and the modern Daal Makhni, has remained true to it’s legacy, over the years. Typically desi interiors and live ghazal music add to the extraordinary culinary experience. Though slightly on the expensive side, the food is completely worth it. The signature butter chicken, murg mussalam, Mutton Burrah and Daal are a must-try! tel. 011-23273661 changezi chicken Located halfway between Golcha cinema and Sablok clinic in Daryaganj one could be excused for missing this meat lover’s paradise for from the outside its no more than 7-8 feet in width. The Special Butter Tandoori Chicken, Seekh Kabab, Malai Tikka, Jafrani Kheer and the house speciality, Changezi Chicken are to die for. However, the Fish Tikka can be given a skip! Tel. 011-23275121 Nandalal Ka Dhaba A popular place thronging with people wanting to get a taste of good food. Located at Ansari Road in Daryaganj, Nand Lal Dhaba is a very old and well known place. There is always a crowd. Try their Keema kajeji with missi roti or just order a full thali to satiate your stomach. The helpings are very big and filling so go prepared with an empty stomach. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere ethnic. Tel. 011-23276464

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Street food If one gets sweaty and tired, after book-hunting, one could try the shikanji walas and cool down with one of their lemonades with bits of ice floating on one’s lemonade. To quell those pangs of hunger, Daryaganj has ample options. Several gulis have amazing bread pakoras for sale- one can watch the bread pakoras being fried in front of one and then being served piping hot with sweet and sour chutney. One also should definitely try the Rabri-faluda while inDaryaganj. And if you’re in the mood for Gol Gappas, Dahi Bhallas

or Papdi Chaat, then head down to Babu Ram GolGappe Wala! One must not miss the Fruit Chaat which is as refreshing as it sounds!

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If authentic Kashmiri food is what you crave after a tedious Sunday at DaryaGanj, head down to Chor Bizarre - a thieve market themed Kashmiri restaurant that has been around for decades. The food may be a little on the expensive side but most people go them more for the experience than the food! Don’t forget to try their Rajmah, Veg and Non-Veg Tarami and Galouti Kebab!

7 days, 12 Noon to 4 pm, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm Tel. 011-23273821

Thugs gives the Delhi resident a feel of what it would actually be like inside a Bollywood den of vice. The theme is ‘bad men’ of the old Hindi movies with Ajit, KN Singh and Amjad Khans in black-white staring at you, Beagle boys and heavy dark ambience, sets the mood. The menu is a fun read with cocktails and mocktails named after famous one liners, like, Tera Kya Hoga Kaaliya and Mona Darling. It is surely the cheapest pub serving quality stuff in the city. Prices are surely on the lower side and they serve complementary accompaniments an old world courtesy increasingly rare to find these days. The other section of the menu is reasonably good with sizzlers and sandwiches and other such items, which are again ample.

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Pleasant rubble Muhammad Javed’s collection has no imported-from-Canada books. His ‘maal‘ looks really second-hand – dog-eared pages, cracked spines, scratched covers. Mr Javed lives in Jamia Nagar and when people living in Kalkaji, Sarita Vihar and Okhla want to dump their grandpa’s books, they call him. That’s why his collection is so eclectic. Gore Vidal’s gay short stories, Prince Charles as a young bachelor, Shobha De’s Starry Nights. Or a handy hardbound of Jane Eyre. Tel. 9818-136161

books on computer programming, surgical science, and lest we forget, electrical engineering. ‘Crowd-pulling’ titles are Electromagnetic Field and Waves, Signals and Systems and A Textbook of Engineering Metrology. IAS, GMAT, MBA aspirants, too, will be breathless with excitement here. Tel. 011-23933668

The family business The Nandas have a 40-year-old empire of 30,000 books and three stalls. Ankur, the founder’s son, manages the one near Golcha theatre, next to the “chhoti waali Books you can use wine shop”. His ‘maal‘ is ‘genLiterature is boring to many, but eral’ — meaning everything except even they must read – if not Boris college books. A few steps ahead, Pasternak, then Bill Gates. Mukesh and you’ll meet the founder, daddy Tiwari’s stall is a great find for those Kuldeep, lording over a grander who need ‘course books’ for cheap. stall, complete with shelves. This Here is a one-stop destination for is a treasure-trove of hardbounds.

THUGS, HOTEL BROADWAY 7 days, 12 Noon to 11:30 PM Tel. 011-43663600

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Unfortunately, the Nandas are not open to bargaining. However, their third stall, next to Ankur’s, runs a sale in two categories – Rs 20 and Rs 100. Dig there and you may get something to make the day worth it. Tel. Ph 99582-43400 You may have your favourite sellers, but Daryaganj’s Sunday book bazaar has much more to offer if your legs don’t give way easily. So take enough time scouring the place because we dont want to end up with a bad bargain, do we?


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st james church St. James’ (also known as Skinner’s Church) is an Anglican church in Delhi, India, built in 1836 by Colonel James Skinner. It is one of the oldest churches in the city, and part of the Church of North India Diocese of Delhi. It is situated near Kashmiri Gate, at the intersection of Church Road and Lothian Road. It was the church the Viceroy of India, attended until the Cathedral Church of the Redemption, near Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, was built in 1931. The only other church of that era, the St. Stephen’s Church, at Fatehpuri, Delhi was built in 1867. Behind the church is the bungalow of British Commissioners of Delhi, William Frazer, who is also buried in the church graveyard.

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Next to Hotel Broadway, Asaf Ali Marg Best time Around noon Tel. 98110-71274

salimgarh fort The Fort of Emperor Salim lies adjacent to the Red Fort and was made a part of its complex. It was constructed in 1546 AD on an Island on the Yamuna River by Salim Shah Suri who was the son of Emperor Sher Shah Suri and hence named after him. The entrance gate on the northern side was however constructed in 1854 AD by Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar who was the last Mughal Emperor and named as the ‘Bahadur Shah Gate’ after him. During the British rule, the Fort was converted into a Prison where the British Army had imprisoned the Indian Freedom Fighters and today, the Fort has been renamed as the ‘Swatantra Senani Smarak’. kashmere gate The Kashmiri Gate (or Kashmere Gate) is a gate located in Delhi, it is the northern gate to the historic walled city of Delhi. Built by Military Engineer Robert Smith in 1835, the gate is so named because it used to start a road that led to Kashmir.

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Surinder Dhawan’s 12-year-old stall, close to Delite cinema, is one of the best. In his heap of around 3,000, Mr Dhawan has everything – from Harry Potter to Jane Austen to Annie Proulx to Jackie Collins to New England cookbooks to even the memoirs of Michael Bergin, the Calvin Klein poster boy. “Ships come to Mumbai and Gujarat with large book containers from the US and Canada, dealers buy there in bulk and we get the maal from the dealers,” says Mr Dhawan. While he has 20,000 books tucked in a godown in Nihal Vihar, Mr Dhawan brings just a fraction of that collection each week to Dayaganj. That’s enough to pull in booklovers from as far as the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Rajasthan. The low pricing adds to the appeal. For instance, in a regular bookshop, you’ll get Toni Morrison’sBeloved for Rs 400, while Mr Dhawan gives you its first edition (hardbound!) for Rs 100.

dara sikoh library The Dara Shikoh’s Library, Delhi is located on the grounds of Indraprastha University Delhi. It is basically the library of the Archeological Department of the Delhi Administration. The library was built by son of Shah Jahan more popularly called by the name of Dara Shikoh. The library depicts the rich heritage of the Mughal Empire. The architectural evidences of the British and the Mughals are depicted thus it is a must visit for any person. The library is open all days. The preferable time to visit the Dara Shikoh’s Library, Delhi is from morning 10am to evening 5pm. There is no fee charged for the entry to the place. Photography is prohibited in the library unless a tourist or a visitor takes prior permission.

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n the years after its establishment in 1638, Shahjahanabad, the capital of the Mughal Empire under Shah Jahan, was no longer contained within the walled city, it soon spilled into surrounding areas, stretching into miles at each end, where half of its population stayed. By 1739, the suburbs covered 1800 acres and included areas like Mughalpura, Sabzimandi, Paharganj and Jaisingh pura. One of the largest and most important suburban mohalla of the Walled city of Delhi, and located just outside the Ajmeri Gate of the Walled city, Paharganj was one of five main markets of Delhi, and the only one outside the walled city. With the arrival of the Hippie movement in the 70s at India’s shores, the area became a regular part of the Hippie trail, for hippies, backpackers, and college students looking for budget accommodations near Connaught Place, New Delhi and New Delhi Railway Station. Over the years, Paharganj has become the biggest hotel hub for low-budget foreign tourists in Delhi, and is known as the particulary known for its international cuisine, though with rising congestion, proliferation of illegal bars and illegal activities like, drug peddling,Paharganj has also become a hotspot for crime, and criminal hideout. In 2005, during 29 October 2005 Delhi serial bombings, the first blast took place in the main bazaar of Paharganj, during busy shopping period, two days before festival of Diwali.

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Closest Metro Station - New Delhi Railway Station or RamaKrishna Ashram (Yellow Line). The market happens to be right opposite the exit of the New Delhi Railway Station so we can go by foot.


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Sita Ram Dewan Chand If you want to savour the taste of ‘Asli Dilli’, then one must try the Cholley Bhature from here. This tiny shop can be easily missed and dismissed, but the food speaks fr itself. The long, winding queues even at 9 am are testament to that! Tel. 011-23586128 Diamond Cafe Decorated with striped orange and white walls, and pictures of Hindu gods, the Diamond Cafe is another place that offers everything from Indian to Arabic, Ital-

ian to Israeli food. Most of what’s on the menu costs less than 100 rupees and is quite appetizing. Tel. 9810818456. Dokebi Nara If you are in Delhi and want to sample a authentic Korean home-cooked meal, then take a trip to Dokebi Nara, a moody, almost inaccessible Korean joint in Paharganj! Once you get to Paharganj, you may ask anyone for the ‘Korean Hotel’ and they will show you the way! The Metropolis Their tenderloin steak, vegetable au gratin, the spaghetti Bolognaise, pork chops, Hawaiian pizza, Italian salad, grilled sandwiches, and possibly their best creation — the Chicken a la Kiev, are reason enought to head there! Tel. 011-41541396.

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Sam’s cafe Sam’s cafe is one of those quaint open air, roof top places in Paharganj, where you can relieve the stress of the hustle and bustle of a thriving Paharganj market and escape into your very own sanctuary. Frequented by foreigners and catering to their palate, the food is worth a visit, especially their lasagne and not to forget, their brilliant desserts - perfectly sweetend choclate cake, pancakes and banana carrot cake! Tel. 011-46470555

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Delhi’s Paharganj tourist district is located right next to the New Delhi Railway Station. The Main Bazaar stretches for roughly one kilometer and teems with an endless procession of people, animals, and vehicles. Paharganj is definitely not for the feint hearted. It’s chaotic, noisy, dirty, and full of crumbling buildings. The area is favored by backpackers and budget travelers for its multitude of cheap accommodations. However, some of the best bargain shopping in Delhi can also be found in Paharganj. The whole Main Bazaar is lined with shops full to the brim with books, music, jewelry, bags, clothes, shoes, incense, textiles, wooden statues, and handicrafts. Many of the shops in Paharganj deal in wholesale and export to foreign countries, making the Main Bazaar a good place to come and hunt out unique and inexpensive goods to import back home. Its possibly the only place in Delhi where both a sari clad woman with her head covered, and someone with numerous tattoos and crazy red hair would feel completely at home. Paharganj is like a generous saint, nobody is turned away, there is place for all seekers, some find peace here, others find a story to tell and some others leave a piece of their heart behind to this madness

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Textiles and Clothes These shops are overflowing with eye catching bags, bed spreads, cushion covers, wall hangings, and other textiles in endless colors and designs. A lot of the stock, especially that with mirror work on it, is typical of the kind of goods produced in India’s desert state of Rajasthan. You will also find gorgeous brightly colored and patterned clothes in assorted designs that include dresses, skirts, and short and long sleeve tops, t-shirts with popular slogans and symbols that are a hit with travellers!

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At an altitude of 239 metres, Everest Café cannot fit more than a dozen people at any given time. Tucked in a shady lane, it is off the main street in the Main Bazaar, it opened in 2000. The café is hippie-like. Come here if you want to get a sense of the carefree 1970s when things like bathing were considered a bourgeoisie indulgence. Wicker chairs and low tables occupy a space so small that you find yourself squeezing against barely-clothed backpackers. The dim lamps are relaxing. Popular among the backpacker tourists, different languages and accents twitter together turning the café into a sort of poor people’s UN canteen. Since the owner is Nepali, the house-music is the Nepali-language songs of love and longing. There’s also a Kathmandu newspaper with headlines of the 2001 royal family massacre framed on the wall. The menu has Nepali thali. The Yak cheese comes from Kathmandu. Ask for lemon grilled chicken. It’s accompanied with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Spinach lasage is a fast-moving item. Consider vegetable momos. Though not on the menu, yak cheese pizza is rustled up on request. For dessert, try chocolate cake. The crumbly wedge has a crusty top. Wash it down with ginger honey tea. There are Lonely Planet guidebooks. A chapter in Sam Miller’s Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity opens in Everest Café.

Jewellery These shops stock a seriously bewildering variety of handmade beaded necklaces and bangles in every shape, size and color that you could possibly want. They also have a range of other handicrafts including carved wooden statues of gods and goddesses, brass wares, decorations, and even phonographs. Shoes Some of the shoe shops are almost drowning in shoes, without an inch of spare space to be seen. They stock every type of shoe imaginable, from colored leather sandals to more traditional style Indian footwear. Books These shops are stacked with a huge variety of books, including travel books such as those by Lonely Planet, Indian fiction and non-fiction, cultural books, and contemporary novels. Quite a few books are in languages other than English. You’ll also find lots of traditional and classical Indian music CDs, and relaxation and meditation CDs. There are some attractive postcards too. Hookah These shops stock a wide range of hookah pipes in assorted sizes, along with other smoking paraphernalia. Hookah pipes, which originated from the Middle East, have become extremely popular in India in recent years. Fruit flavored tobacco is heated by coals, and the smoke is passed through tubes and water to cool it down before it’s inhaled.

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If the jewellery at the Paharganj market got you excited, Dariba Kalan is one place you must not miss. Dariba Kalan has been known as Asia’s largest bejewelled lane. Located in the heart of Chandni Chowk its history goes back 300 years. Almost every shop here is at least 200 years old. Considered the hub of jewels, ornaments and mementos, Dariba is known for marcasite studded in silver, gold, kundan, polki and diamond jewellery. It is said that the princesses living during the reign of Shah Jahan often purchased gold and gems from Dariba. During 1940s, about 10 per cent of the market was jeweller-based and only five per cent of people were halwais and booksellers. Today, the same figure has multiplied by 30 per cent. If the place has little known names who have owned jewellery shops for generations here, it also boasts of brands like Janki Dass Jewellers who have been for over five generations. Known as the incomparable street of Pearl, Dariba is a fashionista’s paradise. It is also home to Gulab Singh Johri Mal who are well-known for manufacturing and export of ittar (natural perfumes). Dariba also boasts of manufacturers who deal in hand-crafted jewellery in both traditional and contemporary designs and is both a wholesale and retail mart - more so for silver. There is something for everyone here.

DARIBA KALAN Sundays Holiday. 11 30 am to 8 pm

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ajmeri gate During the Mughal times, this sturdy signpost was the principal exit point for

The Qazi Wali Masjid is an architectural and heritage wonder with its naqqashi (engraving) work right from the entrance to the inner portions. The Qazi Wali Masjid or Lal Masjid has been used for congregational prayers since it was built in 1946 by the Sangtarashan, a family of Bandhani Muslims dealing in the stone trade, often brought to Delhi by camels royal processions on their way to Ajmer, the sufi pilgrim town in Rajasthan. Built as one of the 14 gateways in the great wall of Shahjanabad, today’s Old Delhi, Ajmeri Gate lies disconnected from its past. Situated in such a grim and noisy region, Ajmeri Gate is strangely one of Delhi’s most quiet monuments. Once abused as a urinal and garbage dump, it has been cleaned of filth. Often locked, you can get the caretaker inside to open it for you.

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Qadam Sharif Dargah The Dargah Qadam Sharif gets its name because of a stone with the foot print of the Prophet Muhammed (founder of Islam) that it houses. The Dargah in Paharganj, consists of a small tomb complex, built in 1375-1376 CE, which also houses a mosque, a madrasa and a shrine which is surrounded by a massive gated wall. Originally, Firoz Shah Tughluq constructed the large rectangular tomb at its core for himself, and surrounded it with massive walls and impressive gates in typical Tughlaq style. However, when his son Fateh Khan died in 1376, he repurposed the tomb to be used for his son. Furthermore, the madrasa and mosque at the tomb are still actively used, and the foot print is an important pilgrimage site.

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grasen ki Baoli (also known as Agar Sain ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli), is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, a short walk from Jantar Mantar. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen during the Mahabharat epic era and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharaja Agrasen. It is among a few of its kind in Delhi. Some parts of the well, with 103 steps, are permanently immersed in water. The visible parts of this historical step well consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides. From an architectural perspective this step well was probably rebuilt during the Tughlaq period. However, the oldest existing Baoli in Delhi, the Anangtal Baoli located in Mehrauli which was also known as Yoginipura, was built in the 10th century by the Rajput King Anang Pal II of Tomar Dynasty. Regarding the name Agrasen Ki Baoli it should be stated that in 1132 AD an Agrawal poet named Vibudh Shridhar mentions, in his work Pasanahacariu, a wealthy and influential Agrawal merchant of Dhilli named Nattal Sahu. GETTING THERE

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Closest Metro Station - Barakhamba Road or Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line). From here, it is a short walk to Hailey’s road where the Baoli is situated.


WHAT TO EXPECT Amid business towers and residential apartments, this 14th century baoli, an ancient step-well, is like a blast from the past. Flanked on both sides by niches, chambers and passageways, the 104 stone steps, descending into the well’s dried bottom, have three levels. It is not certain who built this step-well, though some credit a king called Agrasen. Hence the name. As you enter, look around for a mosque on one side, or listen to the gurgling sound of hundreds of pigeons. Better still, walk down the stairs. The silence deepens, the city skyline disappears and daylight fades. A popular belief sees people throwing in coins (silver and bronze), in the belief their wishes will be fulfilled, even today, says the caretaker. A 140-year-old neem tree which stands tall till date is one of the lesser known features of the place. Centuries ago, this was a reservoir as well as a summer refuge for heat-stricken citizens, living in pre-Lodhi times. As the water level plunged, the people would seek a cooler retreat in the baoli’s lower reaches. But the popularity of this baoli, spanning 60 metres in length and 15 metres in width, has evaporated with its water. its ticketless entrance hardly sees any visitors, except that rare backpacker or the odd school tour. It’s one of the most tranquil sites in stark comparison to the cacophony of the traffic and crowd in the vicinity. The structure and steps are made up of stone which is still intact. As soon as you step inside the structure, you will feel a sudden drop in temperature

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United Coffee House Classic grand decor of the 1970’s with paneled walls, ornamental mouldings, huge chandelier and ceiling murals. Beautiful blend of Indian motifs and English banquet hall style of the 60s. The food is priced slightly higher than average but snacks are very moderate and reasonable! Coffee and beverages are fairly priced as well. Don’t forget to try their Cheesy Golden Mushrooms, Drums of Heaven, and Expresso! Tel. 011-23411697. Kake Da Dhaba Conveniently located on the outer circle of C.P, Kake Da Hotel, is one really amazing place for economical and tasty non-veg food. Simply order Chicken curry/Butter Chicken, Daal and Naan, and dont miss the masala onions! The best part of the place is the free curry refills! Tel. 011-23411580. Bercos Berco’s is the place to be when it comes to the Chinjabi school of food (Chinese+ Punjabi), and oh it is so so good! Comfort food at honest prices and that nice homely feel which is tinted with just the right amount of nostalgia. Crowd pullers are the Honey Chilli Potato, Egg Fried Rice, American Chopsuey and Khousuey. Tel. 011-43751100.

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nizam’s kathi kebab Nizams introduced the Kathi Roll to Delhi way back in the early 80’s and still serve the best. Its the the best place to be for all things mutton! The mutton kathi rolls are simply delicious, and if you’d rather go for chicken then no worries, those are savoury too. The rolls might be slightly oily, but the flavour makes up for all of it. The lime soda and other drinks at Nizam’s are also surprisingly good. If you mustm then do try the Biryani, Parathas, Kheema Pao and Kheema Roll. And if you happen to be vegetarian, there is always the Mushroom Roll for you! Tel. 011-23321953

Parikrama - the revolving restaurant Enjoy the beer and the awesome food while spotting landmarks of this historic city, Delhi. The experience is enhanced by the fact that the entire place rotates slowly and you can get a 360 degree view of entire Delhi just sitting at one table while enjoying your meal. At 238 feet above Delhi, there is a lot to see. The food is only average, but the ambience more than makes up for it. Tel. 011-49422222 ext:382.

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“Wenger’s saw Connaught Place being built brick by brick,” says Charanjeet Singh the confectionary’s manager since 1965. Owned by a young Swiss couple named Wenger, this two-floored bakery, restaurant and café was popular among British bureaucrats, foreign diplomats and Indian royalty until Independence, in 1947. In its early days, it was also a popular venue for expat weddings, ballroom dances and official dinners. Stretching across a vast section of A-block in Connaught Place, now Rajiv Chowk, Wenger’s style was distinctly European. When Connaught Place was completed in 1933, Wenger’s had already established itself as a hub for the city’s socialites. Local and foreign dignitaries would book a table at Wenger’s for work meals on all days except Sundays, which were “strictly unofficial,” with bands playing for guests. Wenger’s has earned it’s reputation as a landmark in Delhi. It’s an old and extremely popular bakery in CP that has notched up it’s share of loyalists. Once the holy grail of all things sweet, Wenger’s still retains its historic charm. Be sure to try their Mutton Patty and Shammi Kebab, but be warned that it is not the place to go to if you’re a pure WENGER’S BAKERY vegetarian as you wouldn’t be left with too much to choose from! 7 days, 10 30 am to 8 00 pm 011 23324403

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Janpath Market Called the Queen’s Way when it came about in the early 1900s. On this road, the most happening place is Janpath Market which is very famous amongst the budget travelers and local delhi-ites. Over the years Janpath has been a center of attraction for the foreigners in Delhi. Janpath Market is full of energy. Whether you are planning to shop or just to explore around, you will surely have fun. Janpath is crowded, exotic and vibrant; this is what makes Janpath so unique and special for travellers. So, do visit this one of the most happening market of New Delhi. If you are not interested in buying then at least come here and experience the amazing Indian stuff that you can get here. Tibetian market - Majnu Ka Tilla Tibetan market is an ideal place if you are looking for a antique. There are numerous shops where you

can get amazing antique, designers wooden lamps, miniatures , Buddhist tangkhas. From scarves to delicately painted boxes to kitsch souvenirs, one will find many good quality items to buy. If you are good in bargaining you can get nice items at nominal price. If you are going to Tibetan Market don’t forget to eat delicious Tibetan Food that include thukpa , momos and chowmein. flower bazaar Looking for flower gift for your loved ones but finding them too expensive? Are you a nature lover & have passion for variety of flowers? Then get up early one morning & pay a visit to India’s biggest wholesale flower market at Rajiv Gandhi Handicraft Bhavan in Connaught place, Delhi. This is also considered as one of the largest flower markets of Asia, popularly called as ‘phool mandi’. This wholesale flower market in Connaught Place, New Delhi starts early morning at 4:00 AM and winds up early by 9:00 AM.

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Palika Bazaar Set up in 1978, Palika Bazaar market is located between the inner and outer circle of Connaught place, New Delhi. The whole market is fully air-conditioned and the only underground market in New Delhi. There are 400 shops crowd together. The shops in Palika Bazaar selling different range of items be it clothes, leather jackets, garment clothes, books, journals, electronic gadgets, domestic appliance, bags, footwear, CDs, DVDs, nightwear, jeans, trousers, suites. Although one can get every useful item here, but majority of items being sold in Palika Bazaar dominated by electronic items and trendy clothes.


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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is blessed with the healing powers of eight Sikh Guru, Shri Harikrishan Sahib. The beautiful structure of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib with a golden dome welcomes you with religious music being played throughout the vicinity continuously. Inside the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the main hall is kept simple, except for the open central shrine, covered by a small golden dome sporting a sculpted bronze cupola. There is a pond inside the Gurudwara known as Sarovar whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as “Amrit”. Devotes considered its water have miraculous powers of curing the sick. Like all other Sikh Gurudwaras concept of free food (Langar) is practiced where all the people regardless of race or religion may eat in the Gurdwara kitchen (langar hall).

JANTAR MANTAR 7 days, 9.00 a.m - 6.00 p.m

State Emporia Complex If you would like to have the pick of all states, go to the State Emporia Complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. The State Emporia Complex has 18 different shops, each offering the handicrafts and other goods of a different Indian state. The shops are gathered together on the Baba Kharak Singh Marg. Opening hours are from 10 am to 7 pm. All goods have prices marked on them but these are generally negotiable Shawls are the main attraction of Zoon, the Kashmir emporium, and bronze lamps and icons of Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu emporium. Those interested in exquisite silks should go to Cauvery, the Karnataka emporium. Amrapali, the Bihar emporium, is famous for Madhubani paintings, while Rajasthali, the Rajasthan emporium, and Gurjari, the Gujarat emporium, are popular destinations for printed cottons, miniature paintings and jewellery. You get tea at Manjusha, the West Bengal emporium, and wood carvings at Mrignayani, the Madhya Pradesh emporium. Manjusha is also popular for its silk and cotton saris - Taant, Dhakai, Baatik, Jamdani, Kantha, Baluchari and Swarnachuri. The three - storeyed Tripura emporium called Purbasha is jampacked with goodies for your home: beautiful stuff made of bamboo and cane. Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan, right next to the emporia complex, houses stores that sell books, paper products, rural handicrafts, etc.

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Jantar Mantar in Connaugth Place, New Delhi was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler & founder of Jaipur, in India. The main objective of making Jantar Mantar observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Maharaja Jai Singh named this observatory in New Delhi as Yantra Mantra (Yantra means instrument and mantra means formula). As the time goes on this is being known as Jantar Mantar. There are four distinct instruments within the observatory of Jantar Mantar: the Samrat Yantra, the Ram Yantra, the Jayaprakasht, and the Mishra yantras. The whole structure of Jantar Mantar is made of stone and marble with each of then having an engraved astronomical scale. The Jantar Mantar in Delhi is often projected in travel books, brochures, on postage stamps and was the logo of the 1982 Asian Games. It has always attracted architects, historians and scientists from all over the world. Jantar mantar remains one of the most intriguing structures of Indian capital, one that explodes in a burst of questions in the mind of the inquisitive tourist.

Hanuman Mandir Located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, Hanuman Temple is one of the oldest Hanuman Temple in the Country. Built in 1724, this ancient temple is very popular among the devotees of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place was said to be built by Raja Jai Singh about the same times as the Jantar –Mantar. Lot of people visiting this Hanuman Temple at Connaught Place might not be aware that the 24-hour chanting of the mantra ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’, since August 1, 1964, claimed to have earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

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THEME MUSEUMS SHANKAR’S INTERNATIONAL DOLL MUSUEM

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et up by the renowned political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai (1902-1989), Shankar's International Dolls Museum has one of the largest collection of costume dolls anywhere in the world. Housed in the building of the Children's Book Trust. The Museum occupies a floor area of 5184.5 sq. feet. Inside, the Museum is divided into two equal halves. The two sections have over 160 glass cases, 1000 ft. long, mounted on the walls. One section has exhibits from European countries, the U.K., the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth of Independent States and the other from Asian countries, the Middle East, Africa and India. There are also special displays besides a representative collection from the over 150 kinds of authentic Indian costume dolls made at the Dolls Workshop attached to the Museum.

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his unique museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signaling equipments, antique furnitures, historical photographs and related literature etc. are displayed in the museum. The star attraction here is the Fairy Queen, built in 1855 and considered to be one of the best preserved steam locomotive engines of her age. A ride in joy train and mono rail is the most exciting experience besides boating.

SULABH INTERNATIONAL TOILET MUSEUM

he museum is run by the organization Sulabh International. Sulabh International is a non-profitable organization with the aim to provide toilets to people who live in such poor areas that they can’t afford to have a normal toilet. The design of the toilets is based on a very simple structure that needs a minimum of maintenance. The toilets are built from whatever local material that is available to make them as cheap as possible. The toilets are ecofriendly and they use natural processes to turn waste into fertilizer. This is a fascinating museum telling the story of the history of toilets and sanitation as well as the current sanitation projects Sulabh are involved in.


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The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. without any lunch break. Remains closed on Monday and other gazzetted holidays. Tel. 011-23316970 CLOSEST METRO STATION : Pragati Maida (Blue line)

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grooms of various states, group of dolls showing how to wear a Saree. These were made at the Dolls Workshop attached to the Museum. Indian dolls made at the workshop are exchanged for gifts received from abroad as well as sold to collectors and museums in India and abroad. Each doll is handcrafted after meticulous research into the physical attributes, dress and jewellery of individual characters. The museum also runs a "clinic" for "sick" dolls, where rare deteriorating dolls are restored.

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consists of the dolls collected from European countries such as UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth of Independent States and the other section consists of dolls collected from other Asian countries, Middle East, Africa and India. The main collections of Dolls Museum are of 150 types of Indian costume dolls created at the own workshop of the museum which is located inside the museum. The craftsmen create the dolls with utmost perfection to create a symphony of the physical features, costumes and ornaments. In the pageant are characters from India's unique classical dance, Kathakali, with its lavish costumes. Other dolls of special interest are Boys and Girls Festival dolls from Japan, replica Dolls of the Queen's collection (UK), Maypole Dance from Hungary, Kabuki and Samurai dolls from Japan, Flamenco dancers from Spain, Women's Orchestra from Thailand, and Kandy Pehara from Sri Lanka. The dolls of Dolls Museum even was awarded first prize namely Golden Peacock Feather at the Dolls Biennale that was held in Cracow, Poland in 1980. The major attractions of the this museum are Kabuki and Samurai dolls from Japan, Maypole dance replica dolls of Hungary, UK’s Queen collections, Orchestra of women from Thailand, etc. Besides, dolls representing various countries, there is also a special display of a representative collection of over 150 dolls in Indian costume dolls. There are dolls showing various Indian dances and cutures, regional costumes, pairs of bride and

The Museum's collection of costume dolls was inspired by a gift of a single doll, which Shankar received from the Hungarian Ambassador in the early fifties, to be given away as a prize in the Shankar's International Children's Competition. Shankar fell in love with the doll. With the permission of the Ambassador, he kept the doll for himself. So fascinated was he with this Hungarian doll that Shankar, thereafter, began collecting costume dolls whenever he went abroad. Soon he had a collection of around 500 dolls which he decided to exhibit in various places in India alongwith the paintings done by children. The frequent packing and unpacking resulted in damage to the dolls much to Shankar’s consternation. At an exhibition held in Delhi, which was visited by Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter, Indira Gandhi, Shankar voiced his concern for the damaged dolls. Promptly a suggestion came from Indira Gandhi: Why not a permanent museum for the dolls?

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SULABH INTERNATIONAL TOILET MUSEUM The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Open on all 7 days of the week. Tel. 011-25032617 CLOSEST METRO STATION : Dwarka Mod (Blue Line)

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Some of these toilets are real functional toilets. One example of such a toilet is the Incinolet that uses heat coils to dry the faeces and urine. Another is an automatic toilet seat - You only have to push a button and the toilet washes and dries your private parts. Some other toilets they have in the museum are nonfunctional replicas. They have a replica of a combination of toilet and royal throne used by the French king Louis XIV. The toilet is hidden inside the throne and can be accessed by lifting a lid. In the museum they have several other examples of toilets disguised as other kind of furniture. One example is a toilet hidden inside a table. It looks like a table but in reality it is a toilet. The part of the museum that deals with the history of sanitation is mainly illustrated with photos. They show photos from Mohenjodaro in Pakistan. One of the more interesting features of the city Mohenjodaro is the well developed sanitation system. They had public baths, underground sewer and even some

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After visiting Madame Tussaud’s Museum in London, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak set up a Museum of Toilets in New Delhi – said to be the only one of its kind in the world. The Museum was established for the following reasons To educate students about the historical trends in the development of toilets; To provide information to researchers about the design, materials and technology adopted in the past and those in use in the contemporary world; To help policy makers understand the efforts made in this field throughout the world; To help manufacturers of toilet equipment and accessories improve products by functioning as a store house of technology; To help sanitation experts learn from the past in order to resolve present problems.

toilets with running water. In comparison they have pictures from medieval Europe where the common practice was to dispose of body waste by dumping it into the street. All over the walls in the museum they have photos of toilets from all over the World, toilets that for one reason or another are special. One photo shows the most expensive toilet in the World - a toilet installed by NASA in the International Space Station, ISS, a few years ago. The price of this toilet was 19 million dollars and a photo of the largest toilet complex in the World at Chongqing in China. It is called the Porcelain Palace. It contains more than 1000 toilets and urinals. Many of the urinals are unique, designed by artists specially for this toilet complex. In the museum they have a section of one wall dedicated to toilets designed with a sense of humour. There is a photo of a urinal with a Guillotine attached to it. For a man the thought of having your penis cut off is a nightmare. So many men would probably hesitate to use that urinal. There is one photo of a public lavatory where the walls are made from one way mirrors. When you are outside you can’t see in but when you are inside you can see perfectly what is happening around you. In Seoul in South Korea is the headquarters of the World Toilet Association. The building where they have their headquarters is actually shaped like a toilet bowl.


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The musuem is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Stays closed on Mondays. Tel. 011-26881816 CLOSEST METRO STATION : Dhaula Kuan(Airport Line)

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tem�, and connected Bassi with Sirhind (approximate 6 miles. This was designed by Col. Bowles. The unique train system consists of a track of single rail. This mono track, the load-carrying wheel are run while one big iron wheel at other side to balance it and to keep the train upright. This train as built by Orenstein & Koppel of Berlin. This train ran till October 1927), Fire Engine, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Saloon of Maharaja of Indore, Saloon of Maharaja oof Mysore, Kalka Shimla Rail Bus, This Aakansha section is specially developed for the visually challenged visitors. Aakansha has details of the History of the Indian railways, its tracks, coaches, wagons, locomotives and many more in Braille Script. This enables the visually challenged visitors to acquire knowledge about the Indian Railway. Many models have also been placed in this section which allowed to be touched by the visually challenged visitors so that they can understand the shape of the models easily.

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The main point of attraction in the National Railway Museum is the Joy Train ride. The train will take you to a journey depicting the 153 year old rich history of the Indian Railway. With a very nominal amount, you can avail the ride of this train and it will surely make your visit an exciting one. Other than the train ride, a children park is there for the younger ones to have a good time in the vicinity of the museum. The National Railway Museum has depicts the rich heritage and the nostalgia of the Indian Railways. The presence of a photo gallery in the air-conditioned indoor area depicts the development of Indian Railways from its initiation in 1853 till today. Many other miniature models and art effects have also been included in the indoor gallery to make the visit to the museum worth remembering. The souvenir shop is also installed in the premises of the National Railway Museum which has many famous books, models and gift items of the rail theme. The open space is utilized by the museum authorities to depict heavy, real size exhibits. There are many gauges, coaches and locomotives being stationed in the open area for the visitors to see. Dating from the early times when steam engines were used to modern day saloons, the open gallery holds all of them - Fairy Queen(The oldest running steam locomotive in the world. It was built in 1855.), Patiala State Monorail Trainways -This unique steam monorail was built in 1907. This unusual train is based on the “Ewing Sys-

Established on the 1st February, 1977, the National Railway Museum of New Delhi is located in the heart of capital city, Delhi. Spread over an area of 10 acres of land in Chanakyapuri, this museum is one of its kinds in the entire nation. The national rail museum consist many attractive collection of the rich heritage and history of the railways in India. The National Railway Museum exhibits many models of steam engines, locomotives and many other different types of railway art effects. The museum comprises of both live exhibits as well as non-working models in the indoor gallery. A toy train is run around the campus for the visitors on a regular basis every day. On some special days, the Old Patiala Steam Monorail is run on the tracks. The museum authorities arrange for its visitors an exciting journey, showing the rich heritage that Indian Railway has beheld for so many years and how it has helped in cultural and economical development of the nation till today.

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Remember the dilapidated fort that you cross every day, on your way to work that you never got a chance to visit? Or the market that you’ve heard so much about but never had to patience to explore? This book does just that for you! It explores and unravels parts of Delhi that people have taken for granted, that has been forgotten. It attempts to bring out a side to Delhi that most of us choose to overlook, adding to their magnificence by simply suggesting things you could do around these places that would help you experience ‘Asli Dilli’ - right from eating Cholley Bhature on the streets of Paharganj to dining at posh Amour at Hauz Khas Village; from buying second hand books at Daryaganj to buying designer clthes at Hauz Khas Villagel from visiting Toilet Musuems to hippie cafes - it justly has something to offer everyone. This book is the perfect attestation of the diversity that this one city holds. The city that continues to surprise us everyday and that has gotten us caught up in it’s charm - Delhi!

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