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Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya – National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal


During this visit to Bhopal, I decided to pay a visit to the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. Museums have always been a part of travel list as they contain a large collection of ancient and old resources of India.

Main Gate Manav Sangrahalaya

Main Gate Manav Sangrahalaya  |  Image Resource : go4gkbhopal.blogspot.in

The IGRMS is a anthropological museum that preserves links and research ideas about the origin and social relationship of human beings long ago. The entire museum is spread over an area of 200 acres of land and is very huge. The museum is close to the famous Demonstration Multipurpose School in Bhopal and also near the Upper Lake. So we accessed it through t he lake view road. The time I visited was during the ongoing open exhibitions in the museum. I went round the museum and also learned that the museum holds different types of exhibitions throughout the year. Indoor galleries, special exhibitions, periodic and temporary exhibitions, traveling and online exhibitions are few of them.

Design of ancient hut

Design of ancient hut  |  Image Resource : go4gkbhopal.blogspot.in/

The museum is very close to the Upper Lake, and therefore it attracts large number of visitors daily. It also contains a rich variety of ancient resources collected from every nook and corner of India. The museum has a large library where I found few of the best compilations that represented the history and evolution of the country. There is an indoor museum which depicts the life style of the people who lived long ago. From the collection of weapons they used food, utensils and clothes they wore, everything is preserved in the museum. There is also the dummy structure of the kinds of houses the ancient human beings used to live.

The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is located on the Shamla Hills in Bhopal. So the view from the hill top to the entire city was picturesque. The lake also provides a good recreational area where I sat for a long time before returning back for the day.

As traveling is what I do whenever I get some free time, I was truly impressed by the information I have gained from the museum visit.  I was truly happy that I made a good decision to bend my interest toward visiting one of the ancestral monuments of India.

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