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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most famous museums in Udaipur?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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The best way to understand the roots of a place is to peek into its museums. Not only do these museums make you look beyond the glittery surface of a destination, they also give one valuable insights into what shapes the place. Believe me when I tell you, the museums of Udaipur will give you a true feel of what being a king is like. Make these a part of your itinerary for viewing the long lost grandeur of the magical Rajasthan.

  • City Palace Museum

    A maze of courtyards decorated with Mewar Paintings, pictures of the royal family, life size portraits of Maharajas and priceless artefacts from all over the world comprise the City Palace Museum. The spectacularly coloured tiles and glasses that decorate these hallways are bound to blow your mind. Marvel at the ancient armoury of the times bygone or swoon at the luxuries the kings and queens had. Do make it a point to stop at the Bari Mahal and click a lot of pictures as the views of Udaipur from here are unparalleled. In the evenings a light and sound show is organised at Manek Chowk here, which is worth witnessing.

    Timings: 9.30am-5.30pm
    Entry Fee: Adults INR 75, Children INR 40, Cameras INR 400. Certified Guides charge INR 500.
    Address: City Palace

  • Vintage Car Museum

    Housing the car collection of His Highness, the Maharaja of Udaipur, the Vintage Car Museum is surely going to mesmerise you. Watch all the grandeur associated with royalty come to life in front of your eyes at this museum where you will see an impressive collection of cars like the Rolls Royce Phantom, Cadillac, Mercedes and Austin Martin. The ticket includes a welcome drink and a guided tour, and the guide gives some valuable insights on the make and age of the cars. Let your fingers do the clicking and don't go home without a handful of awesome pictures.

    Timings: 9am-9pm
    Entry Fee: INR 150
    Address: Near Garden Palace Hotel

  • Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

    Housing a noteworthy collection of colourful folk art of Rajasthan, the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum is going to unfold the myriad cultures of the desert state in front you. It features life size interpretations of folk dances such as Ghoomar, Kalbelia and Bhavai. Take a look at the traditional attires, beliefs, tools and weapons from all over Rajasthan. Trust an old hand, your cultural tour of Udaipur isn't complete without a visit to this one.

    Entry Fee: INR 10 for adults and additional INR 50 for cameras
    Timings: 9am-6pm
    Address: Near Chetak Circle

  • Shilpgram

    Established with the motive of reviving and preserving the traditional arts of Rajasthan, Shilpgram is lovingly dubbed as the Handicrafts Village. Situated 3km to the north of Udaipur, the living ethnographic museum features a traditional bazaar where local jewellery, earthenware, fabrics, camel leather goods and other handicrafts are sold. Not only does this encourage the local artisan by giving him business but also makes for remarkable conversation pieces in your homes. Adults and children both can enroll for art and craft courses here and go home with more than just an experience. A visit here in the evening will prove to be delightful for both you and your kids, as you observe professional dancers dancing on swords and live coal.

    Timings: 11am to 7 pm
    Entry Fee: Indians INR 15, Foreign Nationals INR 25
    Address: Rani Road

  • Udaipur Solar Observatory

    Situated on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Udaipur Solar Observatory is considered the best solar observing site in Asia. With recent projects being sponsored by astronomy study centres in the US, this site has gained much more importance internationally. Take a look at the various telescopes, observe stars and their movements and take home an experience which is one of its kinds.

    Entry Fee: INR 100
    Address: Fateh Sagar Lake

A walk down these corridors is going to transport you to a land long lost and we promise, getting lost here is worthwhile. Spend time reading the placards, observing the minute details and learn what goes into the making of the vivid culture of Rajasthan.

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