Calico Museum of Textiles, Sarabhai Foundation

Calico Museum of Textiles is at Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, India, maintained by Sarabhai Foundation.

Calico Museum of Textiles, AhmedabadCalico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad. Image courtesy –Calico Textiles Museum website,,

This museum was established in 1949 at Calico Mills Premises by Industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai, along with the industrial house of Calico. The Museum of Textiles was shifted to Sarabhai House in 1983, when the collection grew and the premises was not enough to accommodate those.

Ahmedabad is the textile industry capital of India and one of the major trading centers of textile industry in the Asian sub-continent for the last 5 centuries or so. Initially, Calico Museum of Textiles was having historical and technical study of Indian handicrafts and industrial textiles. Later on, the textile museum started concentrating on handicraft textiles. The Museum also launched two publications which are well read now.

Collections from The Sarabhai Foundation are also displayed here. Sarabhai Foundation was established in 1959 by the family members of the Sarabhais, who established Calico Museum of Textiles. This textile museum is a must-see place for any visitor to Ahmedabad city. It is a unique museum in India,

How Do I Go To Calico Museum of Textiles?

Calico Museum of Textiles, a leading Indian museum, is situated at Shahibaug, a locality in the city of Ahmedabad. (Shahibaug was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 16th century, then Viceroy of Ahmedabad.) Ahmedabad is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Ahmedabad Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad is the nearest airport to the Calico Museum of Textiles.


Kurusura Submarine Museum

Kurusura Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam

Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh, India is one of its kind in South Asia. The Museum is set up on the decommissioned Indian Navy Submarine, INS Kurusura. Hence the Museum is also called Kurusura Submarine Museum.

Kurusura Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Kurusura Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The submarine ship, including its weapons, were hauled to the Bay of Bengal sea shore and mounted on a concrete platform at Gajapathi Raju Marg on the Ramakrishna Beach Road. The Museum was opened to public in 2002.

INS Kursura was commissioned in 1969 at Soviet Union. After 31 years of service, INS Kursura, an India Pakistan war participant, was decommissioned in 2001. INS Kursura was India’s fourth submarine.

There are six guides and one curator, who are ex-Navy staff, who will explain the Submarine’s history and activates to the visitors to the Museum. INS Kursura participated in the Indo Pak War 1971. The Museum is a must-see museum for any visitor to this port city of Visakhapatnam. The submarine is still getting “Dressing Ship” honor from Indian Navy, which is normally awarded to active ships only.

How Do I Go To Kurusura Submarine Museum?

Kurusura Submarine Museum is located at Gajapathi Raju Marg on the Ramakrishna Beach Road, near the beach at Visakhapatnam. The city is well connected by road, rail and air connectivity to other parts of the country. Visakhapatnam railway station is the nearest railway station to INS Kurusura Submarine Museum. Visakhapatnam International Airport is the nearest airport.

What are the Timings of Kurusura Submarine Museum?

The Submarine Museum is open from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM, on all days except Mondays. On Sundays and public holidays, the museum is open from 11.00 AM to 1.30 PM.

Patiala State Monorail System at Delhi National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum is focused on heritage of Indian railways and is situated at New Delhi, India. National Rail Museum was established in 1977 on more than 10 acres of land in the heart of the capital city of India.

National Railway Museum, New Delhi
National Railway Museum, New Delhi

National Railway Museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits. You can travel on the toy train inside the Museum. Simulators of Diesel engine, Steam engine and Coach are there in the Railway Museum at New Delhi.

Patiala State Monorail System, built in 1907, is the major attraction among tourists, with its unique single rail track and another big iron-wheel at other side for balancing.

Saloon of Maharaja of Indore, Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Kalka Shimla Rail Bus, Heritage Steam and Diesel locomotives, etc, are also on display at the National Railway Museum in New Delhi.

How Do I Go to National Railway Museum?

National Railway Museum is situated at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Race Course and Jor Bagh metro stations on the Delhi Metro railway line are the nearest suburban stations to the National Railway Museum. New Delhi is well connected by rail, road and flight to other parts of the country.

What are the Timings of National Rail Museum?

This train museum at New Delhi is open on Tuesday to Sunday. The heritage museum is closed on Mondays and National Holidays. Timings of the Rail Museum is 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, with last entry allowed at at 4.30 pm.

Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad Famous for Musical Clock

Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad city is one among the three National Art Museums in India.

Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum on the banks of Musi River at Hyderabad.

This Museum has the largest collection of antiques belonging to one single person. SalarJung Museum’s huge collection of sculptures, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts,clocks, paintings, carpets, furniture, etc, were sourced from Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889-1949), former Prime minister of the 7th Nizam (erstwhile ruler of the princely state) of Hyderabad. There were much more valuable items in his collection. Few of such priceless collection items from the national museum are believed to have been siphoned off by his employees. Some other items were siphoned off during the transfer of the collection from the original museum Diwan Deodi to the present museum Salar Jung Museum.

Salar Jung Museum Collections

Some of the priceless items in the Museum includes Raja Ravi Varma Paintings, Sword of Great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Great Mysore King Tipu Sultan‘s wardrobe , gold and diamond made Tiffin box, etc, to name a few. Jade crafted daggers belonging to the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and Emperor Shah Jahan (son of Jehangir) and Noorjahan (wife of Jehangir and step-mother of Shah Jahan) are also part of the collection at the Museum on the banks of Musi river .

Salar Jung Museum Clock

Salar Jung museum clock is a musical clock which is very popular with the tourists. This 19th century Musical clock has a bearded man‘s toy figure on the left side of the clock, which comes out from the enclosure exactly three minutes before every hour. On completion of each hour, this bearded man strikes the bell as per the number of the hour. i.e The Bearded toy man strikes the Bell 10 times at 10 O’Clock. There is another bearded man on the right side, who strikes every second.

How Do I Go to Salar Jung Museum?

Salar Jung Museum is at the heart of Hyderabad city and is well connected by roads. Hyderabad and its twin city, Secunderabad are well connected by train services to the rest of the country. There is an International airport at the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Salar Jung Museum Timings

Timings of Salar Jung national Museum are from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., except Wednesdays, which is a holiday for the Museum.