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Museums of Jaipur to have Government Souvenir Shops

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Sightseeing bhi aur Shopping Bhi – all at one place!  Now the domestic and foreign tourists in Jaipur will be able to make their Jaipur visit memorable and can also take back the fond memories in the form of mementos and souvenirs without hogging different places.  The Rajasthan Tourism Department is planning to open souvenir shops at all the museums where tourists will find gift items that represent the culture and heritage of the city. They include puppets, T-shirts and coins.

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“As part of a pilot project, we began a souvenir shop at one of the museums. We got tremendous response. We are now planning to open such shops at all monuments and museums,” said a tourism department officer.

The Souvenir shops at the museums of Jaipur like Albert Hall, Amer and Nahargarh will be operational from the International Tourism Day i.e. September 27, 2017. The museums which have enough space will have these gift shops indoors, while mobile carts will be used to sell souvenir where there is less space.

It is also informed that the tourists can buy the stuff for a reasonable price at these souvenir shops.

 

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City Palace of Udaipur launched Universal Access Plan on World Tourism Day

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Udaipur’s City Palace is the most visited tourist attraction of Udaipur. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. To safeguard and preserve the cultural heritage and traditions of the people of Mewar, the City Palace Museum was set up in 1969.

On World Tourism Day which is seen on September 27th, City Palace Museum launched their Universal Access Plan in order to make tourism accessible to all visitors, including the differently abled and senior citizens.City Palace and Museum Udaipur

The plan will facilitate easy access through the museum’s narrow corridors, small gates and pathways which were previously not designed for a modern museum. The museum has also been equipped with ramps, lifts and audio-visual rooms.

This is definitely going to bring a positive change in terms of tourism especially for differently abled and senior citizens who earlier found it inconvenient to visit the Palace! 🙂

The top 20 places of Jaipur that will make your World Tourism Day interesting!

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Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture. For anyone who wants to visit Jaipur or even know about it, here is a list of 20 places one must visit and why.

1. Albert Hall Museum
Situated in Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. Dated back to 1876, it’s the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. With lush green lawns alongside, you can sit and enjoy the beauty of this gigantic museum from outside.

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2. Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti was established as a tribute to the martyrs who fought and sacrificed their lives for the pride and honor of the nation. In the evenings, the place is lit with beautiful colored lights which makes the view all the more spectacular. Here one can view art, sculptures and audio visual movies dedicated to the defense force of the country. It is a perfect place for those who are keen to hear the gallant tales of the soldiers of our nation.

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3. Amer Fort
Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels, each having a courtyard. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show, scripted by the great poet and lyricist Gulzar and voiced by Bollywood superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City. The high walls of the fort, made of red sandstone and marble, create an awe-stricken backdrop for the light – effects. This is something to be witnessed by every Jaipurite at least once in their lifetime.

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4. Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, is a marvel made entirely of white marble. Situated on the elevated platform of the Moti Dunagri Hill, it looks splendid glowing in the night light. The major attraction is towards the idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, which is carved out of one single piece of marble. With the pure and peaceful aura of the temple, surrounded by lush green lawns, it is the ideal hangout place for many Jaipurites as well as tourists to spend their evenings.

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5. Chokhi Dhani
For an ultimate Rajasthani experience, Chokhi Dhani, located approx 23 km from Jaipur on Tonk Road, is a place you can’t afford to miss. With the artificial village environment, soak in the spirits of Rajasthani culture and traditions. The lip smacking, traditional Rajasthani food adds to the charismatic appeal of Chokhi Dhani. Once you visit the place, the paintings, the wall art, the camel rides, the dance performances, the enthusiasm, the traditions, the Rajasthani attire and the smiling faces are all bound to mesmerize you and make you feel ecstatic.

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6. Chulgiri
Situated in the lap of the Aravali Ranges, is a beautiful Jain temple, Chulgiri. It’s famous for its 60 ft tall dome, which shelters the enormous 21 ft tall sculpture of Mahaveer Swami. The way to the temple is an adventure in itself. Hiking and trekking on the Aravali Hills is altogether a different experience and many tourists visit Chulgiri just for this. The Ghaat Ki Ghooni tunnel which eventually leads to the temple, is a major tourist attraction. During monsoon, surrounded by the greenery, the place looks all the more beautiful and attractive. With many scenic views, it’s a perfect place for a peaceful picnic.

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7. City Palace
Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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8. Galtaji
An ancient pilgrimage site, Galtaji, surrounded by the Aravali Hills has a series of temples built in a narrow crevice. From the hills flows a natural spring, that fills the seven sacred kunds, which the pilgrims consider as holy and come in thousands to bathe here. Galta ji is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple. It is considered very auspicious to visit the temple and to bathe in the kund on Makar Sankranti.

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9. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace, built in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, is the world’s tallest building without a foundation. With 953 Jharokhs, it was built for the Royal Ladies to witness the day to day activities happening on the streets without actually being seen. It was a great retreat in the summers as the winds would blow inside and cool the entire palace. No tourists can ever resist admiring the beauty of this Wind Palace.

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10. Jaigarh
Jaigarh, situated on the Cheel ka Teela of the Aravali Ranges, over looks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. Also known as the Victory Fort, it is very similar to the Fort of Amber in terms of structure and architecture. The fort has a cannon named Jaivana which was once the world’s largest cannon on wheels. It is convenient to visit Jaigarh and Amber Fort on the same trip as they are considered as one complex.
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11. Jal Mahal
Situated in the heart  of the Maan Sagar Lake, is the fine masterpiece of both Rajput and Mughal architecture, Jal Mahal. A five storied building, Jal Mahal has 4 floors underwater and only one floor above it. While it is not open for tourists to visit it from inside, one can marvel at the beauty of this Water Palace from outside, enjoy the picturesque view and have a treat at the nearby Chowpatis.

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12. Jawahar Cirlce
Jawahar Circle, located near the Jaipur International Airport is considered as the largest circular park in Asia. The park has many musical fountains, swings jogging track and a chowpaati place to gorge on tasty food. Having a calm and soothing atmosphere, many people come here to spend some quality time.

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13. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has many stone, brass and masonry instruments which were made based on astrology and ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. The place has the World’s largest stone sundial which has created a major buzz among the tourists.

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14. Kanak Vrindavan
Located at the foot of Nahargarh Hills, is a beautiful garden surrounded by lush green lawns and trees and fountains. It has many exquisite ‘Chhatris’ that depict the architecture of the bygone era. The Kanak Vrindavan valley, often being used as a backdrop for my Bollywood movies and a perfect picnic spot, offers a breathtaking view of the Jaipur City and the alluring nearby places.

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15. Nahargarh
At the edge of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Aravali Hills, stands a magnificent fort named Nahargarh. It’s the favourite hangout place of many Jaipurites because of the height on which the Fort is situated and the breathtaking view of the city that it offers. Trekking to the top of the hill, where the fort stands, is an experience like never before.

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16. Panna Meena ki Baori
Panna Meena ki Baori, located near the Amber Fort, is an architectural marvel of the 16th Century. This step well was constructed as a community gathering place for the locals. During the monsoons, the place looks very attractive and soothing. The beauty of the place lies in the unique concept of symmetrical staircases. Legends say that a person can’t use the same staircase to go up and down and many tourist visit this place to check it out themselves.

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17. Raj Mandir
Constructed in the Art Moderne Style of architecture, Raj Mandir was considered as the finest architecture building in the history of the cinema halls. The beautiful chandeliers, the carpeted floors, crafted walls and everything about the place makes it a royal experience for the visitors. Titled as the ‘Pride of Asia’, this cinema hall is very popular among the tourists as well as the locals.

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18. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Located near Ghat Ki Ghooni, Sisodia Garden was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a token of love for his second queen, Queen Sisodia of Udaipur. The garden is adorned with beautiful flower beds, musical fountains, water channels and murals displaying the eternal love story of Radha-Krishna. The place serves as a very famous tourist and picnic spot.

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19. Sargasuli
Constructed as a symbol of victory of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh over Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, the tower is also called ‘Victory Tower’. The specialty of this sky-high building is that, from its roof one can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Pink City. Located in the heart of the city, this tower is a very popular tourist destination in Jaipur.

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20. Vidhadhar ka Bagh
A pristine garden, Vidhadhar ka Bagh was built in the memory of the architect of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Vidhadhar Bhattacharya. Located near the Sisodia Garden, the place is a display of scenic beauty surrounded by beautiful fountains, lush green flower beds, royal pavilions and murals of Lord Krishna. It’s a very famous tourist attraction and an ideal place for a peaceful getaway.

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Enjoy the architectural beauties of Pink City and connect with the glorious history of each monument as this is the best time of the year to visit the city of Jaipur.

Written by our intern: Avni Mehta

Where to Stay, Eat, Visit and Shop in Jaipur This Long Weekend

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Where to Stay, Eat, Visit and Shop in Jaipur This Long Weekend

Pink City, Jaipur is among the most loved cities of India. The city has always been a favorite of domestic and international tourists due to its cultural heritage. You get the regal experience in every corner of the city. Now that a long weekend is just around the corner, many people are planning to soak in the aura of this city. If you are also planning a trip to Jaipur this weekend or some other time, here is a quick guide to help you plan-

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Stay Here

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A beautiful place with courteous staff is everyone’s choice of stay. Jaipur has many good hotels where you can stay alone, with family or with friends. You can stay in the heart of city at Devraj Niwas and Zone By The Park for good service at reasonable prices.

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For the taste of Rajasthani heritage, Rawla Narlai Resort and Alsisar Haveli are totally suitable. Jaipur also has many international hotels like Radisson Blue, Marriott and Hilton which provide global experience in traditional Pink City.

 

Eat Here

All the hotels mentioned above have their in-house restaurants where you get a wide variety of national and international cuisines. The Forresta Kitchen and Bar at Devraj Niwas and Bazaar restaurant at Zone By The Park are loved by locals too.

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If you want to taste food that reminds of the legacy of Rajasthan, head to Handi Restaurant and Niros Restaurant. Handi is especially known for its Laal Maas, Handi Meat and Mughlai delicacies.

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Jaipur also has many cafes where you can enjoy yummy food in a quirky setup. We like Skylights Café, Nibs Café and Mamu’s Infusion. The best Pyaaz Kachori of the city is available at the popular Rawat Mishthan Bhandar.

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The city also has a thriving night life. Bar Palladio, Blackout Lounge and F Bar and Lounge are the favorites among the hip crowd of the city.

 

Visit Here

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The historical sites are the main attractions of the Pink City. The 3 forts- Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort should not be missed. A palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal offers a beautiful view and is the favorite spot of even locals.

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The grandeur of City Palace and pink façade of Hawa Mahal mesmerize visitors. If astronomy fascinates you, you have to visit Jantar Mantar which is a world Heritage site. Albert Hall is the state museum of Rajasthan which has many treasures that you will surely admire.

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One more place that you cannot miss visiting is Raj Mandir Cinema Hall. The movie theatre is built in royal style and you have to see it even if you don’t have time to watch a complete movie. The theatre has huge chandeliers and soft carpets that add to the royal experience.

 

Shopping

JOHARI BAZAR

Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are a shopper’s paradise. Everything Rajasthani is available here. Leheriya and bandhej prints, jewellery, Jutis and artifacts, you can buy everything in these markets.

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World Trade Park

If you want to shop, eat and hangout in a modern setup the World Trade Park is a must visit.

Jaipur is a magnificent city that will charm you with its amazing beauty!

 

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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Museum at Night inaugurated at the City Palace Jaipur

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Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, under the patronage of the Royal Family of Jaipur, takes pleasure in introducing, the much awaited Museum at Night and Sculpture Lumière Show. The program will have new evening time opening hours, with special ticketing for Museum visits and for the first time in India a Sculpture Lumière Show. This state of the art spectacle of light has been created by the world renowned French Sculpture Lumière Artist – Patrick Rimoux, and begins with an introductory narrative by Shri Amitabh Bachchan

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The Sculpture Lumière show creates a visual narrative of the glory of rulers of Jaipur and also highlights the palace’s intricate architectural details and rich art patterns. This gives the visitor a chance to contemplate and appreciate the contribution of Jaipur and admire the beauty of the City Palace.

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It will be open daily except on days of Teej & Ganguar Festivals, Dhulandi and on certain occasions when the palace is booked for special events.

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The incredible Albert Hall Museum of Jaipur

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Opened in 1887AD, Albert Hall Museum placed a midst of the gardens of the Ram Niwas Bagh in the Pink City is one of the oldest museums in the entire Rajasthan state. Located picturesquely in a garden just outside the walls of the old city, this marvelous structure is impossible to miss or ignore. And the multitudes of pigeons ensure a magnificent eyeshot.  It was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, an architect from Britain, who also designed several other places in the Rajasthan.This museum is a fine example of Indo-British architecture. The architecture of this building is based on that of Albert Museum in London.

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The Albert Hall Museum houses a very rare collection of decorative art objects, pottery objects, paintings, sculptures, woodwork, natural history specimens, an Egyptian Mummy that belongs to Ptolemaic era and the well known Persian Golden Carpet.

The ground floor of the museum displays the heritage of Rajasthan. Different dressing styles of Rajasthani tribes and classes are also displayed in exclusive galleries. A special gallery has also been dedicated to the art of heena – mehndi, where emphasis is laid on its various traditional designs. Exhibits from the Mughal era such as Royal portraits and pieces from the Royal wardrobe are displayed on the first floor.

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This museum is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan.

Timings: Opening Hours: 0900 hrs-1700 hrs, Wednesday to Monday ( closed on Tuesdays)

Entry Fee: (In Rupees): 
Indian: 20
Foreigner: 150