Sulabh International Museum of Toilets



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How long are we going to dig the boring history of great warriors and their wars? It is time that we discover something interesting and what can be more intriguing than the history of something fun and something that also carries a little humour in it, like toilets! Yes, you read it right! 

There is an international toilet museum in Delhi which will take you on an interesting tour that traces the history of the evolution of toilets along with a display of some of the most unusual toilets. This unique museum is a must-visit place in Delhi and also is a place to find out some historic toilet secrets!

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets can be visited during the winter as the weather remains pleasant in Delhi during this time. However, if you are looking for timing details, the museum opens at 8 am in the morning and closes at 8 pm in the evening. On Sundays and national holidays, the museum stays open from 10 am till 5 pm. 

History of Sulabh International Museum of Toilets 

Dedicated to the history of sanitation and with the motive of spreading awareness about adopting healthy sanitation practices, this museum was inaugurated in 1992 by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak. Dr Pathak was a social reformer who won many national and international awards along with the Stockholm Water Prize in 2009. 

This museum even made it to the list of The Time Magazine's 10 Museums Around the World that are Anything but Mundane. This museum, dedicated to toilets, comprises toilet seats and things related to it from 50 countries across the globe. The Sulabh museum has on display some unique bidets, toilet furniture, Victorian toilet-seats, chamber pots, and more from the bygone era.

The museum will also make you aware of the toilet etiquette that was prevalent in the past centuries. Apart from that, the focus of the museum is to bring forth the healthy sanitary practices, the technology used, and the customs followed by our ancestors.   

Major Attractions in and Around Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

1. Toilet-Related Technology

The museum introduces the toilet technology used in different periods of human history. Here, one can look at the global history of sanitation and toilets.

2. Designed as a Replica of the Throne of French King Louis XIV

It is designed as a copy of the throne of the French king. The main motive is to offer information about the design, raw materials, and technology.

3. A Toilet in the Shape of a Leather Chair

A toilet designed in the shape of a leather chair, it was used earlier by European Nobilis. 

4. Chinese Basket Toilet

Chinese basket toilet can be seen at the International Museum of Toilets. The prime motive is to encourage the development of toilet-related technology.

5. Solar Toilets Gallery

The museum has some very interesting and unique toilets on display. One will be amazed to see their construction and features. Apart from these unusual pieces, there is a solar toilet gallery that is a must-visit as it features some toilets that operate on solar energy.  

6. Museum Photo Gallery

Visitors may click the photos of these unusual toilets that belong to an era as old as 2,500 BC and as new as from the 21st century. 

How to Reach the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Delhi is a very interesting Indian destination to explore. It is here that you can explore everything at one place be it the culture, the destinations, or anything else. Delhi is located at a distance of 1,427, 2,171, 1,516 and 1,580 km from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Hyderabad respectively. Let’s discuss how you can reach here via the following routes.

By Air

The capital city of India is very well connected with each and every Indian state by well-maintained air routes. The primary airport serving Delhi is the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Spread over an area of 5,000 acres, this airport has been named after the late Mrs Indira Gandhi (a former Prime Minister of India). This airport is considered as the busiest airport all over India. 

One of the highlighting points of Delhi Airport is that it has got three parallel runways having a CAT IIIB instrument landing system. This particular system is responsible for using the radio waves which helps the planes to safely land on the runways.

Various airlines like Air India, Vistara, Air Asia have good connectivity in Delhi and connect Delhi with most of the other Indian cities directly. As you deboard at IGI, you can easily take a cab, auto to reach the Sulabh Bhawan.

  • Jaipur - Board Air Asia, IndiGo, SpiceJet from Jaipur Airport and deboard at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares start from Rs.3,500
  • Lucknow - Board Air Asia, Air India, IndiGo, Go Air flights and deboard at the Lucknow Airport. The airfares start from Rs.2,500
  • Indore - Board Air India, Air Asia, Go Air, Vistara flights from Indore Airport. The airfares start from Rs.2,500
  • Mumbai - Board Air Asia, Go Air, SpiceJet, IndiGo flights from Mumbai Airport. The airfares start from Rs.3,500

By Road

Delhi is quite well connected with other Indian cities via its well-maintained road networks. Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling here by either your own vehicle or a bus or you can also consider taking a cab. Here is how you can reach Delhi via the following routes. 

  • Kanpur - 495 km via NH19
  • Agra - 231 km via Taj Express Highway or Yamuna Expressway
  • Jaipur - 273 km via NH48
  • Udaipur - 662 KM via NH58 or NH48
  • Ludhiana - 309 km via NH44
  • Kota - 518 km via NH52 or NH48
  • Lucknow - 553 km via Agra-Lucknow Expressway or Taj Express Highway
  • Amritsar - 450 km via NH44 or NH52
  • Ajmer - 401 km via NH48

By Train

You can conveniently plan a trip to Delhi via train. Delhi has the presence of many Indian Railway Stations. Some of the most known railheads in Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Anand Vihar Terminus.

However, out of these, the New Delhi and Old Delhi stations offer very good connectivity with other Indian cities and states.

The New Delhi Railway Station is known for being the busiest train station in Delhi whereas the Old Delhi station is the oldest. Here's how you can reach Delhi via train from other cities. 

  • Jaipur - Board Swarna J Raj Express via Jaipur Junction and deboard at New Delhi Railway Junction
  • Kanpur - Board Vande Bharat Express from Kanpur Central and deboard at New Delhi Railway Station
  • Ajmer - Take Swarna J Raj Express via Ajmer Junction and deboard at New Delhi Railway Station
  • Bikaner - Board BKN DEE SF EXP via Bikaner Junction and deboard at Delhi Sarai Rohilla Station
  • Indore - Board Malwa Express from Indore Junction and deboard at New Delhi Railway Station

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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