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THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART
The National Gallery of Modern Art is a treasure trove of pre-independent and modern Indian art. From rare town-study canvases by the Daniells and legendary portraits by Raja Ravi Verma to Amrita Shergil masterpieces and prized creations by India’s finest Modernists - Tyeb, Husain, Souza and Ramachandran, the Gallery presents a showcase of India’s finest works. Jaipur House, the erstwhile palace of Maharaja Jaipur has served as the premises for the museum since 1954 and makes a stunning architectural statement. (Closed Monday)
The National Museum has in its possession over 200,000 works of exquisite art, both of Indian and foreign origin covering more than 5,000 years of India’s cultural heritage and bringing history to life. The Museum’s collections include Harappan Civilization, Archeology, Buddhist Art, Indian Miniature Paintings, Indian Textiles, Coins, Central Asian Antiquity, Pre-Columbian and Western Art, Wood Carving, Musical Instruments, Tribal Lifestyle and Arms and Armor. (Closed Monday and holidays)
Connaught Place has a long and distinguished history behind it. This sprawling market was designed in the shape of a horseshoe as the British believed it would prove lucky for both shoppers and shopkeepers. There may be something in that as CP continues to be Delhi’s premier shopping destination. Apart from being the commercial and business hub of Delhi, CP has countless restaurants, watering holes, shops and emporia and cinema halls too.
Along the banks of Yamuna River you will find the ghats (stairs leading to river) where the leaders and freedom fighters of India were cremated. The Raj Ghat is one of the most visited ghats. This simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. The cremation ground of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are also in the vicinity.
CHANDNI CHOWK BY NIGHT
By definition, Chandni Chowk means ‘Moonlit Square’ and one of the best times to visit the market is in the evening, when a treasure-house of experiences in old Delhi continues to delight the senses. Come hungry, as there are plenty of culinary options to choose from.