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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous museums in Jodhpur?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Don’t you secretly love it when you spout off some interesting trivia(s) and manage to impress your family or friends? You do, don’t you! And what if you get a chance to increase your smarts in a totally fun and engaging way? We think it’s a great idea to include the Jodhpur museums in your itinerary. Keep reading to know why and where.

  • Sardar Government Museum

    Situated in the public park of Umaid Gardens, on the High Court Road, this museum is named after Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur. The museum contains an arresting collection of stone sculptures, miniature paintings, weaponry, coins and other arts and crafts belonging to different time periods. One can also visit the public library and the zoo (containing varieties of stuffed animals and desert birds) located in the gardens.

    The museum is closed on
    Fridays and other national holidays and  remains open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is a nominal entrance fee of INR 10 for Indian tourists and INR 50 for international tourists. The entrance fees is halved in both the cases, if you happen to be a student.

  • Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

    Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum is fully dedicated to the history of Umaid Bhawan Palace. It showcases pictures of the palace, taken at different points of time and retells the story of how Maharaja Umaid Singh was keen on Western architecture and appointed a well-known Edwardian architect to create this palace in the Art-Deco style. A very unique antique clock collection and a huge banner presented by Queen Victoria hold special interests for the tourists. There are many more interesting artefacts belonging to the royals, ranging from cutleries, trophies and weapons. And of course, don’t forget to check out Maharaja’s vintage car collection! There is a small souvenir shop outside the museum where you can get some interesting stuffs to take back home.

    Probably the only downside is that visitors are not allowed to venture into the other areas of the beautifully created palace, which are only open for the Jodhpur royalty as well as the guests who choose to stay here. There is an entry fee of INR 20 for Indian tourists and INR 50 for foreign tourists. The museum remains open on all days, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Cameras are not allowed.

  • Mehrangarh Fort  Museum

    One of the best kept museums of Jodhpur, the Mehrangarh Museum lies within the Mehrangarh Fort , situated 5 kilometres from Jodhpur main city. Apart from the costumes, paintings, antique furnishings and weapons belonging to formers rulers and warriors of the land of Marwar, this fort houses a fascinating collection of howdahs and palanquins, the most important being the Mahadol Palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in the year 1730. There are four main period rooms which showcase the exquisite lifestyle led by the royals in the past. A number of local people can be seen dressed up in traditional garbs and playing traditional instruments. They will be ready to pose for you or with you. Don’t forget to tip them a little.

    The entrance fee is INR 250 (including camera and audio guide) and the museum remains open on all days from 10:00 am to 5:00pm

No matter how many or less exhibits you browse through, it is impossible to exit a museum without gaining some knowledge. And who does not want to be smarter and a tiny bit more geekier, right?

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