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India is a diverse country; not only in terms of its people and flora/fauna, but in every possible way. There is diversity even in its museums. The most interesting, unique, and intriguing museums are scattered all through the country, and many are not aware of them. When visiting a new city within the country, a museum is rarely in the itinerary, unless the visitor has read about it before. Here are ten unique places which you need to visit if you are ever in the neighborhoods.
Known as the Land of Black Magic, Mayong is a village in Assam that lies on the bank of the Brahmaputra and is surrounded by hills on the other sides. It is about 40 km from Guwahati and is known as the Indian capital of black magic and witchcraft. The history of this place and how black magic entered the region is not very well documented. There are rumors according to which men have disappeared into thin air, people have become animals, and untamable beasts have magically become tame and approachable. Relics of black magic are preserved in this museum.
A very unique museum, INS Kurusura was originally a Kalvari-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy. It has 31 years of service in its kitty and was also a part of the Indo-Pak war of 1971. It was decommissioned in the year 2001, and after that it was converted into a museum along the Ramakrishna Mission Beach of Vishakhapatnam. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open from 2pm to 9pm the rest of the week. More than 91 meters in length and eight meters broad, the submarine is placed on a concrete foundation to keep it stable. Once inside, visitors can see exactly how a submarine looks, how it functions, the crew members and how they live, what they eat, what they wear – first-hand experience of how it is to be inside a maritime submarine, albeit above water.
This museum is actually one of the cities of the Indus valley civilization which dates back to 370 BCE and is quite fascinating. Located in the Ahmedabad district, the city was discovered in 1954 and excavation competed in 1960. Among the findings are a township, a marketplace, a dock, and a mound. The city is of course in ruins and is managed by Archaeological Survey of India. It is accessible to the public.