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Rajasthan is the land of history and it is rich in cultural heritage. There are numerous museums and galleries in Rajasthan that preserve this diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state. Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history and culture as each artifact showcase an interesting tale. Tourists from all over the world visit these museums in Rajasthan.
1. City palace of Udaipur
City Palace Udaipur was formed by several kings from Maharana Udai Singh II. This palace complex was constructed over a period of nearly 400 years. It is situated on the bank of lake Pichola. Gateways, Badi Mahal, Amar Vilas, Bhim Vilas, Chini Chitrashala, Choti Chitrashala, Dilkhusha Mahal, Darbar Hall, Fatheprakash Palace, Jagdish Temple etc. are some of the attractions of the City Palace. People make their trip remarkable by visiting this place.
- Name- City Palace Of Udaipur
- Address- Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313001
- Opening hours- 9.30am-5.30pm (Wednesday closed)
- Phone- 0294 241 9021
2. Bagore Ki Haveli
Bagore ki haveli of Udaipur is situated right on the bank of Lake Pichola. It was founded by Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar in the eighteenth century. There are numerous art pieces that can be seen in the Haveli. Some beautiful colored glass windows make the interior of the Haveli more attractive. The Haveli looks marvellous in the evening with the traditional performance and music of Rajasthan.
- Name – Bagore Ki Haveli in Rajasthan
- Address – Ambapol, Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
- Phone – 91-294-2411535
- Timings – 10.00am-5.30pm (all days of the week)
3. Jantar Mantar – Jaipur
Jantar Mantar was made by Sawai Jai Singh and completed in the year of 1734. It is the world’s largest sun-dial and now it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The monument displays architectural innovations and excellence. In Sanskrit Jantar or Yanra means machine and Mantar or Mantra means calculation. So, Jantar Mantar is a calculative machine which grows interest among travellers even now.
- Jantar Mantar
- Address – Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Timings – 9am-4.30pm (all days of the week)
4. Jaisalmer War Museum
Jaisalmer War Museum is located on Jaisalmer – Jodhpur highway, 10 km short from Jaisalmer. This museum was conceived by Lieutenant General Bobby Mathew and constructed by the Indian Army. This museum exhibits vehicles and equipment used during the war of 1965 and 1971. The museum is a tribute to all those soldiers who sacrificed their life during the Indo-Pak war in 1965. This museum is now an attractive tourist destination of Jaisalmer.
- Name – Jaisalmer War Museum
- Address – Thaiyat, Rajasthan 345001
- No entry fees are required. it is free for all.
5. City Palace of Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in between 1729-1732. It was also the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. This city palace of Jaipur includes Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Pritam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Maharani Palace, Baggi Khanna, Govind dev ji Temple. Chandra Mahal is used as a museum but the greatest part of the palace complex is now used by the Royal Family.
- Name – City Palace of Jaipur
- Address – Jalebi Chowk, near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302002
- Timings – 9.30am-5 pm(all days in the week)
- Phone – 0 141 408 8855
6. Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year of 1734. As it stands at the edge of Aravelli range travelers would be definitely impressed by the overlooking view of the pink city of Rajasthan from the Nahargarh Fort. This fort was used as the hunting residence of the Maharajas. Nahargarh Fort was constructed as a defense ring along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
- Name – Nahargarh Fort
- Address – Amer Road, Near Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
- Timings – 101am-5.30pm
- Phone – 0 141 511 0598
7. City Palace Government Museum (Udaipur)
The City Palace Government Museum is located in Udaipur. In 1974 the Government of Rajasthan converted a part of the City Palace and the ‘Zenana Mahal’ in Udaipur into a museum which is now open for public view. It has a beautiful sceneic beauty and architecturally very significant.
- Name – City Palace Government Museum (Udaipur)
- Address – Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313001
- Phone – 0294 241 9021
- Timings – 9.30am-5.30pm(all day of the week)
8. Albert Hall Museum (Jaipur)
Albert Museum of Jaipur is the oldest museum of the state of Rajasthan. Many art pieces like paintings , sculptures, colorful crystal works, ivory, stones, carpets are displayed in the Museum. It was opened for public in 1887.
- Name – Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
- Address – Bag, Ram Niwas, 302004
- Phone – 0141 257 0099
- Timings – 9.30am-5.30pm, 6.30pm-9.00pm (Tuesday closed)
9. Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing (Jaipur)
A trip to Amber Fort is a famous destination for travellers. But within a ten minutes walking distance there is the famous Anokhi Museum of Hand Painting, which is rich in the collections of hand paintings. The museum displays a wide range of collection of block printed textile.
- Name – Anokhi Museum of Handprinting
- Address – Anokhi Haveli, Near Badrinath Temple, Kheri Ghat, Amber, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302028
- Phone – 0 141 253 0226
- Timings – 10.30am-5pm (all days of the week. Monday closed)
10. Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum (Jodhpur)
Umai Bhawan Palace is the largest residential palace of Rajasthan. One portion of the palace is used by royal family while the other part houses the museum. Stuffed leopard, murals, paintings, and many more unusual collections can be seen in this museum.
- Name – Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
- Address – Circuit House Road, Jodhpur , Rajasthan 342006
- Phone – 0291 251 0101
- Timings – 10.00am-4.30pm(All days of the week)
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