A museum solely dedicated to the field of aviation and our great air force heroes is the Air Force Museum in Delhi. Located next to the technical area gate of Palam Air force station, this museum gives us an extensive history of the Indian Air Force and its many expeditions till now. The museum with its vast display of memorials, photographs, latest aircrafts along with their older counterpart, makes for an ideal venue to explore the adventurous world of Indian Air Force.
The museum houses a number of galleries to play tribute to the martyrs who have laid down their life for their motherland. The list of dedications starts from the days of Royal Flying Corps during World War I and II. The Honor Gallery, the Air Chiefs Gallery preserves with pride the medals, bravery awards, operations photos along with war and peace time photos.
The Hangar of the museum makes for a further interesting venue. It has on display various aircrafts like the first plane to fly through the Khyber Pass in 1929, named Westland. Other names include two hunter fighter bombers and Sukhoi 7.
The Souvenir Shop is an added attraction of the museum. Visitors can take back chains and chinaware as remembrances.
Fast - Facts:
Near International Airport, next to the technical area gate of Palam Air Station
How to Reach:
Tourists can either avail buses from different points or can take auto rickshaws, taxis or metro.
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro station: Sector-9, Dwarka
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Air Force Museum in Delhi is flaunted by many tourist places in the surrounding areas. So after a visit to the museum, you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the other places in the vicinity along with a quick bite at the various eateries and loads of shopping.
Places of prime importance and worth visiting are:
Mahavir Jayanti Park-
an extensive and luxurious garden in the capital city. Contains trees like mango, jamuns, and banyans. The park is named after Lord Mahavira.
Buddha Jayanti Park-
Beautiful landscaped park with colorful flowers was founded to mark the 2500th anniversary of Lord Gautam Buddha’s attainment of Nirvana. The park can be reached either through the Ridge Road or Sardar Patel Marg and covers a major portion of the Southern Ridge.
Sanskriti Museum of Indian Terracotta and Art-
These are two separate museums of Sanskriti Kendra, one dealing with Indian Terracotta with 1500 exhibits on display in the gallery and the other deals with the concept of highlighting household objects of day to day life reflecting supreme craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1984 the museum of art has 2000 exhibits. The museums are located on Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon road
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets-
A unique place in Delhi which is a must visit. One of its kinds, the museum is dedicated to the evolution of toilets over the ages. It is founded by Sulabh International social Service Organization along with Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is situated at Mahavir Enclave, Palm Dabri Road. Among the nearby food joints are Wimpy’s in Janakpuri, Hotel Radisson, Pizza Hut, Barista.
The shopping zone includes Craft Bazaar of district center, Janakpuri and Sector 10 and 12 markets in Dwarka.