Delhi’s Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is often joked about on lists of the world’s weirdest museums. However, what sounds like a gimmick is actually a free educational museum run by one of India’s most respected nonprofit organizations. Here are three surprising reasons why you should add a visit to the museum to your next Delhi itinerary.
With a sizeable English-speaking population, it’s no wonder that India is a great place for book lovers. The country has one of the world’s largest English-language publishing industries, and most major publishing houses have large presences in India, where they release affordable editions of international favorites as well as a large number of titles by South Asian authors that aren’t always easy to find outside of the subcontinent.
In between Delhi and the neighboring satellite city of Gurgaon sits Chhatarpur Mandir Road, home to the National Capital Region’s most impressive collections of Hindu temples. This long stretch, sometimes referred to as Gadaipur Mandi Road, is flanked with magnificent stone and marble temples and ashrams on both sides.
Delhi has a wealth of live musical performances, ranging from classical sitar and tabla recitals to Indo-electronic club nights. Among the most moving musical experiences found in the capital are the weekly Qawwali (Sufi devotional music) performances at Central Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah. The dargah, or shrine, is that of Nizamuddin Auliya, a revered saint of the Chisti order of Sufis who lived in the 13th and 14h centuries. The structure was built in 1563 and receives a steady stream of Muslim and non-Muslims alike, who come to pay reverence to the beloved saint.
If you’re looking for something to do during a rainstorm or to beat the afternoon heat, or if you simply want to spend a day museum-hopping, here are some of New Delhi’s best museums and galleries.
New Delhi is filled with historic attractions, but where you stay can offer just as much a sense of history. Delhi’s historic hotels offer not only luxurious accommodations in India’s capital, but also an atmospheric sense of place that’s hard to find in some of the city’s more modern offerings.