and Art Galleries Rajasthan is
replete with stories of valorous Maharajas and
beautiful queens who laid down their lives protecting
the dignity of their kingdom and people. The innumerable
wars that are inscribed in the history of Rajasthan
are a proof of these stories. These stories have
made the Rajasthan immensely popular among the
tourists. However, apart from the legendary anecdotes,
the lavish lifestyle of the royal household and
their love for art and craft also attract a huge
number of tourists. The museums and the art galleries
spread throughout the state display the Rajput
passion for excellence in every field. They are
the means by which you can unravel a great deal
of the Rajasthan history and culture in a relatively
short period of time. You can discover things
like how the Rajas and their queens dressed up,
what jewelleries and accessories they adorned
and what were the thrones like on which they sat.
You can see a wide range of sculptural &glass
work from that era in these museums and art galleries.
The museums and art galleries also provide you
a comprehensive idea about the ethnic Rajasthani
lifestyle as well.
Umaid Bhavan Palace
The Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum
is located in Jodhpur in the Umaid Bhavan Palace
itself. The museum is a repository of everything
that the royal people loved immensely, crystal,
glass, chinaware and fancy clocks. There are also
quiet a few stuffed animal and model planes on
display. The museum is open everyday from 0830
Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur
Originally known as the Maharaja of Jaipur
Museum, the Sawai Man Singh Musuem is
a storehouse of a plethora of items that are reminiscent
of a bygone era. There are separate section that
showcase textiles, armoury, paintings and chariots
& coaches. There are also two silver jars
on display that are considered the biggest in
the entire world.
Albert Hall Musuem,
This museum in Jaipur is modelled
on the Victoria and Albert Hall Museum of London.
The collections of the museum, though not very
well maintained, provide a glimpse into the lives
of the Rajasthani people. There are items like
metalware, decorative wares, miniature portraits,
sculptures, paintings, costumes, pottery, brassware
and woodwork on exhibit. Of special significance
in this museum is an Egyptian mummy. The museum
is open from 0930 to 1630 hrs everyday except
Fateh Prakash Palace
Covering a huge area in the Chittaurgarh Fort,
the Fateh Prakash Palace Museum
was established in the year 1968. The museum showcases
a wide variety of things, specially sculptures.
Significant among these sculptures is a statue
of Ganapati that dates back to 8-9th century.
Indira and Jai Ambica statues from the medieval
ere are also the proud possessions of this museum.
Apart from sculptures, other items on display
are weapons, daggers and armoury.
This gallery is perhaps the largest collection
of crystal objects in this world. Located in the
Fateh Prakash Palace (part of the City Palace
complex), Udaipur, the Crystal Gallery
is the result of the desire of Maharaja Sajjan
Singh to have for himself the crystal objects
he saw in a showroom in Calcutta. He placed an
order with the Birmingham based company, F &
C Osler for a similar collection, however his
untimely death deprived him the opportunity of
seeing the collection himself. It is this collection
that today forms the attractions of the gallery.
The major crystal items in the gallery are a sofa
set, a dining table, fountains, various coloured
objects, mirrored tabletops and exquisite decanters.