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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous art galleries and museums in Bikaner?

Saurabh Srivastava DEC 10 2012
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Housing innumerous turns of history in its quiet lanes, the city of Bikaner has a lot to offer in terms of insights into bygone eras and about the rich arts it has cultivated over time. The place is going to charm you with its marvellous collection of valuables from our rich past:

  • Ganga Singh Museum

    Acclaimed as the best museum in all of Rajasthan, Ganga Singh Museum has a huge variety of pottery, carpets, coins, paintings, arts and craft, ancient Rajput weaponry and terracotta. Apart from all its enviable exhibits, the place also has a number of archaeological insights in pre-historic civilisations like Harappa and Gupta period. Do visit the place to experience first hand what all being a king entailed, complete with all the glamour and grandiose.

    Entry Fee: INR 3
    Timings:  10:30am to 4:30pm, Friday closed.

    Address: City Centre

  • Sadul Museum

    Have wildlife trophies decorating walls always fascinated you? Head to Sadul Museum to be mesmerised. Sprawling on the first floor of Lalgarh Palace, the place has interesting animal heads and other wildlife trophies of the mighty rulers of Bikaner on display. Apart from these, the Sadul Museum is also a great place to check out old photographs of Rajasthani royalty. Small place, will eat up about 45 minutes of your day.

    Entry Fee: Indians INR 10 per person, Foreign Nationals INR 20 per person.
    10am to 5pm, Sunday closed.

    Address: Lallgarh Palace

  • Prachina Museum

    Nestled in a quiet corner of the Junagarh Fort, the Prachina Museum is worth a visit to get a taste of what true aristocracy means. Take a look at the china cups the Maharajas had tea in and see the finery which their queens once wore. From carpets to jewellery and photographs of royals, this place symbolises all the grandeur we associate with royalty and is worth a visit purely for the fascination factor it holds. There is also a henna artist who sits near the entrance to the museum, where you can get some beautiful Mehendi designs to adorn your hands!

    Entry Fee: INR 10
    Timings: 9am to 6pm

    Address: Junagarh Fort

  • Rajasthan State Archives

    Manuscript lovers and history buffs can rejoice in Bikaner as they can visit the Rajasthan State Archives. Housing age old manuscripts from ancient setups and administrations, this place continues to fascinate researchers all over the world for the exciting secrets it reveals. Come here for a brush with the mythical past that envelopes Rajasthan!

    Entry Fee: INR 15
    Timings: 10:30am to 4pm

    Address: Bikaner

  • Imperial Art Gallery

    An effort to preserve the traditional artforms of the city, Imperial Art Gallery is known for its massive collection of paintings which can charm every witness. Apart from the traditional Rajasthani paintings, the place also displays some fine examples of Marble Artwork and other handicraft items. Most paintings here depict the fantastic life of the rulers of the place and their extravagant way of life. Feel inspired? Enroll yourself for a miniature painting class here!

    Address: 1 Vivek Vihar Rajvansh Circle
    Near ITI College
    Vyas Colony

For a city that’s dubbed as ancient, museums are an inherent part of the cityscape. And there’s no doubt that Bikaner is one such city. So when you plan your tour, do weave in these amazing museums in your itinerary for Bikaner!

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