How long are we going to dig the boring history of great warriors and wars? Let us dig something interesting and what can be more intriguing than the history of toilets? And, what can be a better place to explore it other than a museum of 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 unusual toilets. This unusual museum is a must-visit place in Delhi and also a place to find out some historic toilet secrets!
Dedicated to the history of sanitation, and a 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.
Time Magzine also recognized this museum on the list of ‘10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane’. This museum dedicated to toilets comprises toilet seats and related things from 50 countries across the globe. The Sulabh museum has in-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 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.
Also Read: Founded by a Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1814, this museum is known as the oldest museum in India that is decorated with a rare collection of antiques, fossils, skeletons, mummies, armour and ornaments
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.
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.
A toilet designed in the shape of a leather chair and it was used earlier by European Nobilis, actually dedicated to sanitation and toilets.
Chinese basket toilet can be seen at the International Museum of toilets. The prime motive is to encourage the development of toilet-related technology.
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.
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.
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 opens at 10 am till 5 pm.
By Road. Traveling by roadways is convenient because you have the leverage to stop and take rest anywhere you feel like and enjoy the warm roadside Dhaba hospitality. Tourists may opt for government and private tourist buses that run among states to reach Delhi or may take their own vehicle. By road, one has to cover a distance of approx. 1,400km from Mumbai and Kolkata, and 2,100km from Bengaluru.
By Rail. New Delhi railway station is the nearest station to reach the toilet museum. After deboarding the train, one has to cover a distance of approx. 20km to reach the museum via taxi, auto, metro or a DTC bus. The station is well-connected to all the metro cities of India such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.
By Air. Book flights to IGI airport in Delhi and reach Delhi faster and in the utmost comfort by a flight. There are regular and frequent flights to Delhi from all the major cities of India hence traveling by air and making reservations is not a problem at all. From the airport, one has to travel approx. 7km in a taxi to reach the museum.
By Metro. Dashrathpuri metro station is the nearest metro station to reach the toilet museum. From the metro station, one may take the e-rickshaw or an auto reach the museum. Metro ride is much more convenient, faster and cheaper than any other mode of transportation.
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