Nehru family the British rulers before independence, the Anand Bhawan to house a story.
An arc of lightening briefly illumines the three statues that stand on the traffic island. Dark rain clouds scud across the sky as a busload of tourists dashes past the spiked gates that open into Teen Murti Bhavan home to Jawaharlal Nehru for 16 years.
Its 30 acre grounds house the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library the Nehru Planetarium and the 14th Century hunting lodge of Delhi Sultanate ruler Firuz Shah Tughlaq.
The long drive to the house encompasses a mottled green lawn filled with hopping mynahs and scurrying squirrels, wreathed with towering dita trees. A lone cuckoo heralds the impending rains. To the right is a brass plaque inscribed with an extract from the will and testament of Nehru dated 1954.
Past it, rough hewn steps lead to Kushak Mahal the stone-and-mortar shikargarh. Its plain arches synonymous with Tughlaq buildings are home to cooing pigeons and selfie obsessed couples. On the other side stands the planetarium. But it’s the white stone and stucco house built in 1930 that draws a steady trickle of visitors.