First of all, we must say “Vande Matram” as we all are always proud to be an Indian.
So, lets start our journey from Delhi, the heart of India.
Delhi ….have u ever been to Delhi??? I guess most of us have visited Delhi at some point of time, n why not, New Delhi is the capital of our lovely country India. Leeme ask one more question, what places come to your mind when you think about visiting Delhi??
When I was a kid and went to visit Delhi, my parents took me around India Gate, Lal Quila, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Jantar Mantar and afcourse every child’s dream Apu Ghar.
After I grew up and started doing trips on my own, I used to be a shoppoholic and stroll around the fantastic market places like Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Janpat Market, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, etc etc.
Have you ever thought of doing something different from all the above listed experiences of Delhi.
The last time I visited Delhi, I was lucky enough to explore it in a totally hatke style and explore the unexplored aspects of Delhi.
Have you ever thought to pay a visit to the mighty Rashtrapati Bhawan (The pride of India) or get a picture clicked with your favourite personality at the prestigious Madame Tussauds Museum (The only one in India). Yes, this was the thing I was talking about.
Very lately I came to know about the fact that our Governement has opened the doors of Rashtrapati Bhawan for every citizen with the opportunity of knowing every aspect about it with a guided tour. Before that only the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhawan were opened for a short while in winters for public visits. But now the visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan has been divided in three circuits. Circuit 1 comprises of Rashtrapati Bhawan main building and central lawn, Circuit 2 includes the Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum Complex while the Circuit 3 comprises the visit to Mughal Gardens and other gardens at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The best part is that you get the opportunity of a guided tour of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which helps in a better understanding of the whole architecture of the mighty building and relievance of various important rooms and artefacts placed there. Generally circuit 1 is opened for public visits from Thursday to Sunday, while one can visit Circuit 2 everyday of week except Monday, whereas for visiting circuit 3 which includes the Mughal Garden you have to wait for winter season, as it is open just for a short period of time from the month of December to February every year and visiting days are again from Thursday to Saturday.
As of now due to COVID restrictions the entry was closed from a long time. But as per new instructions, the Rashtrapati Bhawan museum has been opened for public since 5th Jan 2021, while other circuits will remain close till further instructions. So, presently you can either visit the Rashtrapati museum or you can wait for further guidelines to visit all the circuits in one go.
One thing you must keep in mind that you have to confirm your booking in advance. Being a high security area, the day and time-slot of visit has to be approved in advance, as only a limited number of people are permitted to visit in a particular time- slot. For getting approval to visit Rashtrapati Bhawan you have to confirm your bookings at the Rastrapati Sachivalaya website ( you could checkout at- http://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in/rbtour), where you have to mention your details along with date and time-slot you want, further you have to pay a nominal booking amount online(Generally it is Rs. 50/- per visitor, entry is free for children less than 8yrs of age). You will get an email which will disclose that your booking has been confirmed or not. You have to take a print of that email with you along with necessary documents mentioned in the email itself while visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan.
You can even get a chance to visit the change of guard ceremony which is held every Saturday and Sunday. A request to witness the ceremony can be made online through a link on website- https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx
Talking about my own experience, I was just mesmerized to see the grandeur of the huge building. While driving through the Vijay Path on the way to the Gate of Rashtrapati Bhawan, I felt like I have been transported to the age of some Rajas and Maharajas in a time-machine. If it sounds very fancy to you??, then visit yourself you will also come across the same vibe. Don’t miss to take your memorable pic on the stairs of the gigantic building. I managed to stand in the front row during our guided tour, in order to hear and observe each and everything very minutely. I was awestruck to see beauty of each and every room/ hall I saw whether it was the beautiful Darbar Hall, or the Banquet Hall, the Ashok Hall or any other room I visited or artefact I came across. At that time all my memories came alive, when we used to watch all the high profile meetings with Head of states of different countries on our small TV screen. It was like a dream turning to reality. I also minutely understood about the different protocols that are necessary to be followed during a high profile meeting. It was really a moment of pride for me and if you want to experience the same than do plan an ausome weekend to this place.
Now, if you want to do something more fun, than take a cab or an auto and head to the most famous and happening place of Delhi, yes you guessed it right the Cannought Place. You might think what is different in visiting Cannought Place, since it is easily the most touristy thing to do, when at Delhi, but lemme explain about it. The Regal building at Cannought Place now houses the one and only Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in India.
Yes, Madame Tussauds is in India now and at the perfect location of Regal Theatre, Regal Building, Cannought Place, New Delhi. It inhouses wax statues of various prominent personalities related to Bollywood, Hollywood, Music, Sports, Television and Politics. You can click your photos with your favourite personalities or read about them in screens placed nearby. You can even play KBC with the statue of Mr. Anil Kapoor, you can play a football game by the virtual gaming facility placed there. The statues of our great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, APJ Abdul Kalam and Narendra Modi are very impressive and you can read about them in detail also. There is also an old school telephone placed in that room, it has recordings of six great leaders of our country which includes audio voices of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Narendra Modi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Bhagat Singh. To hear the inspirational voices of those great personalities one has to dial the mentioned number and hear it on the receiver. There are lot many activities to do over there, you can also create a wax version of your hand or a cute hand in hand wax hand with your loved ones. For all these lovely experiences do visit the Madame Tussauds museum at Delhi.
One more thing that we did was on the way to Cannought Place, we stopped at Bangla Sahib Darbar, it is a very auspicious and holy place for Sikhs as well as people of all religions. It is really a very peaceful and beautiful place. You will enjoy every moment of being there whether it is sitting inside the darbar and hearing the Gurbani or sitting near tarantaal or the holy water or enjoying the sumptuous meal at langar hall and eating the kana Prasad.
This was all about a one day delightful trip to Delhi in a Zara Hatke style. Please share your views about it.