The heritage land of India is a warehouse of curious museums that never fail to amuse the visitors. These museums houses some of the unique collections that will definitely take you to the by gone era where you can explore the people, culture, beliefs and history of the ancient India. Since then it has been the policy of the government to preserve the ancient and modern heritages of India in the museums. They are the guardians of the relics and other data that are vital in tracing the evolution of the Indian civilization. Now these museums which house various eccentric objects are the tourist hot spots and explored by both domestic and foreign visitors every year.
Following are the top 5 curious Museums of India
Kaladhungi Museum, Corbett National Park
Located around 3 km after Kaladhungi town toward Nainital, the Kaladhungi Museum is an added attraction for visitors during the tour of Corbett National Park. Corbett Museum is a heritage bungalow of Jim Corbett, the renowned hunter turned conservationist. The museum houses some of the memorabilia associated with him. The whole of museum is historical site that lends an insight into Jim Corbett’s life and his era and includes personal effects, paintings, rare photographs, personal letters, original manuscripts, period furniture, etal.
Toilet museum, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi
Located in Palam, New Delhi, the toilet museum is an unusual museum of its kind in India. It was conceptualized and started by Mr. Bindheshwar Pathak, an international expert on sanitation. This is one of the rare and curious museums of India that display the evolution of toilets and their various designs. The museum was established with the aim to educate students about the historical trends in the development of toilets, importance of sanitation as well as informing and providing cheap sanitation solutions. The museums display various types of toilets and photographs of designs around the world.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is located in the old city of Pune near Shaniwarwada Palace. The museum houses nearly 2,000 objects and utensils comprising stone, wood, metal and earthenware of daily use with neat cataloging. The rare objects have been gathered from the remotest corners of the country. Kelkar was an ordinary man and he used his income, sold off his wife`s jewelry to collect all the unusual items, making it a very rare concept in the history of museums in India.
Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad
Located in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat in western India, The Calico Museum of Textiles is the premier textile museum of the country and of the most renowned institutions for its comprehensive collection of textiles and artifacts. Located within the impressive grounds of Sarabhai House, the museum houses well- labeled collections of fabrics through different centuries, sourced from all over India. The museum has distinct historical textiles gallery, religious textiles gallery, making this unusual museum a popular attraction of Ahmadabad.
Mayong Central Museum, Assam
Nestled into the verdant plains of north east India, in a village once known as the Land of Black Magic, sits the tiny Mayong Central Museum. Dedicated to the rustic origins of dark magic and tantra, it houses local artifacts like ancient witchcraft manuscripts and huge swords that were believed to be used for human sacrifices. Lucky visitors are treated to a magic show, where ancient rituals for casting healing spells show a side of magic.