A new day in Bhopal and the city had welcomed with open arms, the sightseeing were particularly very impressive and helped me tie some of the loose threads that I had about the chronological events in the city. I read about the history of the city and made several notes of how the city of Bhopal is the way it is now. One such landmark in Bhopal is the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Bhopal which is also regarded as the National Museum of Anthropology. The centre strives in providing an integrated story about mankind with the focus on India. The centre also aims to highlight the diversity of the Indian culture but also enhances the underlying unity of it.
Interestingly, the Sangrahalaya in Bhopal had not begun with any collection to boast of but with a set of ideas which included the preservation of the culture of the country. For the purpose, the centre has had a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits from time to time here in this precinct with a singular aim to glorify the nation’s rich heritage. Spread over an area of about 200 acres, it finds its location in the Shamla Hills in the city. Among the permanent galleries, there are open exhibitions, a couple of indoor galleries which are Veethi-Sankul and Bhopal Gallery. Other exhibitions in the premise which has been categorized as online exhibitions, ongoing, travelling and special exhibitions have all enthralled people coming to visit this landmark.
I was more impressed with the clusters of open air exhibitions in the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Bhopal which are named as Tribal Habitat, Himalayan Village, Traditional Technology Park, Coastal Village and the Desert Village. Also, the centre I am told has a branch in Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It had been a very fulfilling experience in the Sangrahalaya and right after that I had to go to my next sightseeing which was the Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi. A whole new different sect was going to unfold in front of me and I am sure that it would interest me the way the rest of the landmarks in Bhopal did.